How long is drink driving on your licence?

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If you’ve been caught drink driving then it’s important to know how long the conviction stays on your licence and the penalties associated with this.

It can be tough to know what the punishments are for drink driving as there are various levels of penalties. Reckless and dangerous driving stays on your license for 4 years, for example. So how long does drink driving stay on your licence for?

Length of Drink Driving Penalty

• A drink driving or drug driving appears on your record as a DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31, DR61 and a DR80. These endorsements stay on your licence for 11 years.

• If you have been the cause of causing death due to drink or drug driving then then this appears on your licence as a CD40, CD50 and a CD60 and will stay on your licence for 11 years.

• The final kind of conviction you can obtain in relation to drink driving is a C70 which is causing death by careless driving and then failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

How do I get drink driving removed from my licence?

After the 11 years has passed the endorsement should be removed automatically. If you have this mark against your driving licence then it can affect many areas of your life, including getting a job.

Is there anything that can extend the length of a drink driving offence?

A court can decide that your offence is more serious than usual for several reasons. If your alcohol levels exceed 1166 ug on the breathalyser test, for example, then you are deemed to be at dangerous levels of alcohol consumption and it can result in a prison sentence.

It is also considered to be a serious offence to have children in the car with you if you have been drink driving, so this can also affect the punishment you are given.

If your alcohol levels are 86 ug on a breathalyser or below then you could get community service or a curfew as well as an 11 year mark on your driving record.

If you have a drink driving conviction then Insurance Revolution can help find a policy to suit your needs. See more info on our drink driver insurance.

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