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Car insurance for convicted drivers

Car insurance can be expensive at the best of times. But it can be really tough to find cover with a driving conviction on your record. Here we look at the issues, and some ways to get back on the road following a conviction.
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Car insurance for people with driving convictions

How does having a conviction affect my car insurance?

If you’ve been convicted of a driving offence this will be reflected in higher car insurance costs. It’s not a pleasant thought, but paying a higher premium may be your only option. After all, driving or even keeping a car on the road without car insurance isn’t an option. If you do, the police could slap you with an on-the-spot £300 fine and six penalty points.

You could face greater fine and be disqualified from driving if the matter’s considered more serious and your case went to court.

For these reasons, it’s best to focus on getting the right type of car insurance for you; an affordable policy that’ll keep you road legal.

Insurance for drivers with a drink-driving conviction

Getting insurance if you have the drink driving conviction DR10 on your licence can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Some policy providers even offer specialist convicted driver insurance.

You could also take a drink-driving rehabilitation course, which can make it easier to get cover.

Insurance for drivers with a previous driving ban

No insurer will cover you while you’re serving a ban and many won’t even after your ban’s been lifted.

However, you can get specialist convicted driver insurance if you’ve been disqualified for specific offences, including the more common totting-up ban. This appears as conviction code TT99 on your licence, and is issued if you’ve been banned for amassing 12 or more penalty points in three years.

Insurance for drivers with points on their licence

Having penalty points on your licence isn’t the same as being convicted of a motoring or other offence in a court. But penalty points, or endorsements, will affect your insurance price. You’d need tell your insurer about them either straight away or when you come to renew, depending on your policy terms and conditions.

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Do I need to declare convictions to my car insurance provider?

You must declare any unspent convictions to your car insurer, if asked. If your insurer doesn’t ask you don’t need to volunteer this information.

Whether you need to declare any conviction or fixed penalty notice imposed during your current insurance term will depend on the policy wording.

What happens if my conviction is spent?

After a certain period of time most convictions will be considered ‘spent’. This means you wouldn’t need to disclose them to your insurer, even if you’re asked.

Note: Some convictions, such as those where the conviction included a prison sentence of four or more year, are never spent.

How can I get cheaper car insurance if I’m a convicted driver?

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to getting convicted driver car insurance. However, some or all of the following could help:

Motoring offences and penalty points explained in detail

There’s a wide range of driving offences, including drink-driving and driving without insurance. If you’re convicted a unique code that identifies the offence is placed on your driving record. For example, codes starting DD refer to dangerous driving, while DR offences refer to alcohol-related ones and DR are drug-related.

Punishments depend on the severity of the offence. Less serious offences result in endorsements; more serious ones could result in bans, criminal convictions and even prison.


  • Depending on the motoring offence, you could get up to 11 penalty points on your driving licence

  • The more serious the offence, the more points you’d get. For example, driving a vehicle with defective brakes would attract three penalty points, while dangerous driving could get you 11 points

  • Any points you get stay on your driving licence for three years

  • Notice of any offences committed remain on your driving record for between four and 11 years, depending on their severity.


  • Any fine you get remains on your record for five years if you were 18 or over at the time of the offence.

  • If you were under 18, they remain for half this time.


  • If you’re convicted of a serious motoring offence you could get a driving ban

  • Anyone disqualified for more than 56 days must apply for a new licence before driving. You might also be required to retake your driving test

  • If you collect 12 or more points in a three-year period, you’ll be disqualified for six months, in the first instance

  • For more serious offences, or if you repeatedly rack up 12 points or more, the ban could last for far longer

  • Driving bans of up to five years become spent five years after issue. Bans lasting longer than five years are spent when they expire.


  • Anyone found guilty of serious motoring offence, such as causing death while under the influence of drink or drugs, could face a prison sentence

  • The length of your sentence will determine when it becomes spent. For example, a sentence of less than six months would be spent two years after it ends, even if the sentence was suspended or where parole was awarded

  • A sentence of longer than four years is never spent.

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