Learn more about the circumstances that can lead to a license holder losing their license, either permanently or temporarily.
Do I turn in my driving license after suspension?
The simple answer is no. The license is not currently valid, so turning it is of no use. You should consider getting your license reinstated. Find out more below.
- When we revoke your license
- When we suspend your license
We can revoke (take away) your license if you no longer meet our licensing criteria. An example of when we might do this is if you are convicted of a relevant criminal offense.
We can also suspend your license if we believe that you are a threat to public safety or that it is in the public interest to do so. An example of when we might do this is if you are under police investigation for a serious offense.
If we intend to revoke or suspend your license we will write to you to tell you why. Our letter will also tell you how to appeal against our decision.
When we revoke your license
We will revoke (take away) your license if:
- you applied for it using fraudulent documents and/or using a fraudulent identity
- you allow someone else to use your license to engage in licensable conduct
- you do not have the qualifications that you claimed to have on your application
- you receive a sentence or disposal for a relevant offense and the date your sentence restrictions end means that you fall into the ‘Automatic Refusal’ category of our license criteria
- you do not have the right to work in the UK (unless you are a director of a UK-registered company)
We may also revoke your license if:
- you breach our license criteria (as set out on )
- you break any of the license conditions – this includes any additional conditions that we have placed on your license
- you do not do the training that we ask you to do
- you receive a sentence or disposal for a relevant offense and the date your sentence restrictions end means that you fall into the ‘Consider Additional Factors’ category of our license criteria
- we decide that you are not a fit and proper person to hold a license
We will write to you before we revoke your license, telling you what we intend to do and why.
We will also tell you what you can do that might stop us from revoking your license. This does not replace your right of appeal through the courts. It is an additional route of appeal that we offer so that you can appeal in a way that does not incur court costs.
If you respond to our letter we will take what you tell us into consideration. We may still revoke your license.
If you do not respond to our letter we will revoke your license automatically after 21 days.
Once we revoke your license we cannot change our decision unless it is for one of the following reasons:
- our decision is found to have been based on information that is factually incorrect
- we are instructed to do so by the courts as the result of a legal appeal
You can appeal our decision to revoke your license in a Magistrates’ or Sheriff’s Court. You must do so within 21 days of the revocation coming into effect.
Your license remains ‘life’ during a court appeal. This means that you can still work during your appeal unless we have also suspended your license.
When we suspend your license
We can suspend your license for one or both of the following reasons:
- we believe that you may be a threat to public safety
- we believe that it is in the public interest to do so
For example, we will suspend your license if:
- you have been charged with a serious relevant offense
- the police or other public body is investigating you for a serious relevant offense
Examples of what we mean by “serious relevant offense” are terrorism, murder, manslaughter, rape, assault occasioning bodily harm (actual or grievous), battery, kidnapping, possession of indecent photographs of children, restriction of production and supply of controlled drugs.
If we suspend your license, the suspension comes into effect immediately. You cannot legally undertake licensable activity while your license is suspended – this includes during an appeal.
We will write to you when we suspend your license, telling you what we have done and why.
You can appeal our decision to suspend your license in a Magistrates’ or Sheriff’s Court. You must do so within 21 days of the suspension coming into effect. You can also tell us about any factual errors that may have affected our decision.
A license suspension is not a punishment: it is a temporary measure that gives us time to look into your case and/or await the outcome of investigations being carried out by the police or other public bodies.
We can maintain the suspension until we are in a position to make one of the following decisions:
- lift the suspension and reinstate your license
- require you to take some form of remedial action before we will lift the suspension (for example, we may require you to take additional training)
- take steps to revoke your license
If you have been charged with a relevant offense
We will usually suspend your license if you have been charged with a relevant offense. We may lift the suspension if you are found not guilty or the charges are dropped. Alternatively, we can maintain the suspension until we have all of the information we require to make a licensing decision. The legal power to do this is explained in.