In most cases, penalty points stay on your licence for four years from the date of the offence, but only count for totting-up purposes for three years.
If you reach twelve points for offences committed within three years of each other, the Court has to disqualify you, for at least six months, unless you can show that this would cause exceptional hardship. When calculating the three years, it is the date of offence that matters, not the date of conviction or sentence.
The DVLA will remove the disqualification from your licence four years from the date on which it was imposed. Penalty points are removed from your licence either four years from the date of the offence, or when you are disqualified under the totting-up system.
This means that if you are disqualified under the totting-up system, the penalty points already on your licence are removed, but the disqualification will show on your DVLA record for four years from the date on which it was imposed.
In drink driving cases, endorsements last for eleven years from the date of conviction.
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