The short answer is that it depends. If you are banned from driving for less than 56 days, this is known as a Short Period Disqualification (SPD) and you will usually not have to retake your test. If you receive a short term ban, your licence will be stamped by the court and then returned to you. The stamp will indicate the period of time you will be banned for and your licence will become valid again once the ban ends. You do therefore not need to renew your licence or redo your test.
If you are banned for more than 56 days, you will normally need to apply to renew your licence before you can return to driving. You will not normally have to retake your test once your ban is spent. However, it is entirely up to the discretion of the court and, in extreme circumstances, your licence can be revoked and you will have to retake your test.
Obtaining car insurance once you have been banned is generally more expensive, as insurers and underwriters tend to view people who have been banned in the past as a greater risk – but Insurance Revolution is different. We understand that mistakes happen and don’t judge you, but instead work towards finding you the most affordable cover we can. We can find insurance for banned drivers that suit the needs of the driver because we specialise in this sector of the market and have access to policies that other brokers don’t.
View our Banned Driver Insurance page for more information.