For those who fall foul of the law and suddenly find themselves with a conviction and endorsement of any kind on their driving license it can come as quite a shock when you find out just how long some stay on your record.

An endorsement starts from either the date you committed the offence or the date you were convicted of the offence and can stay on your driving license for 4 or 11 years depending on what you were convicted of.

Examples of offence codes and their endorsement periods

If you receive a DD40, DD60 or DD80 endorsement on your license, which depicts an offence of reckless or dangerous driving and if it results in you being disqualified from driving, this will stay on your license for 4 years from the date of conviction. Other offences include:

  • BA10, BA30 – disqualification
  • SP10, SP20, SP30, SP40, SP50 – speeding
  • IN10 – driving without insurance
  • AC10, AC20, AC30 – accident offences
  • CD10, CD20, CD30, CD40, CD50, CD60, CD70, CD80, CD90 – careless driving

All of the above and others including license offences, motorway offences and theft/unauthorised taking offences all attract endorsements which will stay on your license for 4 years.

Serious infringements

More serious offences such as drink driving attract anything between 3 – 11 points on your license and the endorsement codes DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31 and DR61 will stay on your license for 11 years. Codes DR40 and DR90 will stay on for 4 years. Drug driving offence codes DG10, DG60 and DG80 will also stay on for 11 years whilst DG40 will remain on for 4 years. The offences of causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – CD40, CD50, CD60 – or causing death by dangerous driving and failing to provide a sample for analysis – CD70 – also stays on for 11 years.

If you receive a driving ban for any offence or you have 12 or more penalty points on your license this can last anything from 6 to 24 months or up to 3 years for drink driving (if you are convicted twice within 3 years).

The consequences of having endorsements on your driving record can have far-reaching effects, not least the damage it will do to your motor insurance premiums which will likely increase by a significant amount and some insurers may refuse to insure you.

Luckily a specialist in convicted driver car insurance will be able to help should you find yourself in this unfortunate position.