Renewing a Driving Licence after a Drink Driving Ban

DVLA Medical - High Risk Offenders

Applying for a Driving Licence after a Driving Disqualification

You can apply to renew your driving licence up to 56 days (90 days for high risk offenders) before your driving disqualification is due to end.

You should receive a renewal reminder from the DVLA 56 days before your driving disqualification is due to end (90 days before your disqualification is due to end if you are classed as a High Risk Offender (HRO)).

If you do not receive your renewal reminder you can request a 'D1 Pack - Application for a driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle' online.

Alternatively you can collect a D1 application pack from your local post office. You will need to fill this out and send the appropriate fee (along with a passport photo IF your photo is due for renewal or you would like to update it) back to the DVLA.


Information on reapplying for your driving licence if you've been disqualified - GOV.UK


Drink Driving DVLA Medical For High Risk Offenders

In some cases the DVLA will need to make medical enquiries before they issue you with a new driving licence. If this is the case you should have received a letter from the DVLA (see below) shortly after you received your driving disqualification informing you that this is the case.

DVLA Example Letter

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to let you know that we have received details from the court of your recent disqualification for an alcohol related offence.

The disqualifications outlined below are ones the law recognises as being an indication that such drivers may misuse alcohol in a way that could make them unfit to hold a driving licence.

  • One disqualification for driving, or being in charge of a vehicle, when the level of alcohol in the body equalled or exceeded:
    1. 87.5 microgrammes per 100 milliliters of breath, or
    2. 200 milligrammes per 100 milliliters of blood, or
    3. 267.5 milligrammes per 100 milliliters of urine.
  • Two disqualifications within the space of 10 years for drinking and driving, or being in charge of a vehicle whilst unfit through drink.
  • One disqualification for refusing/failing to supply a specimen for analysis.
  • One disqualification for failing, without reasonable excuse, to give permission for a laboratory test of a specimen of blood taken while that person was incapable of consenting to such a specimen being taken.

Your recent disqualification means that you fall into one of the above categories. Before you can obtain a driving licence following your period of disqualification, you will be required to satisfy the Secretary of State, (in practice the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's Medical Adviser), that you are medically fit to hold one. This will involve a medical examination by an independent doctor, who will complete a medical questionnaire, a physical examination and the taking of blood for analysis. You are advised that a licence will not be granted if there is evidence of persistent alcohol misuse or dependency in the 12 months before your application, or if there is evidence of ongoing misuse or dependency. If you are unlikely to meet the criteria, you should discuss the matter with your own doctor.

This policy was first introduced in 1983, and was extended in June 1990 and again in June 2013, following a review of road traffic law. It is the Department's aim to reduce the overall number of road casualties by 40% and by 50% for children by the year 2010. As a significant number of accidents are alcohol related, I am sure you will appreciate that positive steps need to be taken to reduce the number of incidents arising from drink/driving offences.

The Agency's Drivers Medical Group will write to you about 3 months before your disqualification period is due to end to explain what you must do if you wish to apply for a new licence. If you have not heard from the Agency 2 months before your disqualification period expires, please write to Drivers Medical Group, DVLA, Longview Road, Swansea, SA99 1TU.

Yours Faithfully

Drivers Customer Services (Courts)

Receiving this letter means that you are classed as a 'high risk offender' and will be required to take and pass a DVLA medical before your driving licence will be returned to you. The DVLA medical is usually carried out by an independent GP (DVLA Appointed Doctor) and there will be an additional and separate fee to be paid for the medical to be carried out as described here.


Retaking your driving test/extended driving test

In some cases where a motorist has been disqualified from driving until they re-take their driving test (or an extended driving test), they will have to apply for a provisional licence as described above (by completing a D1 application pack) and then make the necessary arrangements to retake a theory and practical driving test as outlined here.

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