Early Return Of Your Driving Licence

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Early Return Of Your Driving Licence

In some circumstances, a Magistrates Court will consider allowing you the early return of your driving licence than had been determined by the original Court who convicted you. We can advise and represent you in making an application to the Court for the early return of your driving licence.

This application must be made in person before the same Court that imposed the original ban, and it can only be made if you have been disqualified:

  • For less than four years, and two years have passed
  • Less than 10 years, but not less than four, and half of the period of disqualification has passed, or
  • Five years has passed in other cases.

When assessing your application, the Court will consider various factors including, but not limited to, your character and personal conduct, and/or the nature of the offence for which you were disqualified. Everyone’s personal situation is different and it is essential that the application presents a persuasive argument for the early reinstatement of your driving licence, all supported by appropriate evidence. We will advise and assist you in preparing the application, and will attend Court with you to present the most compelling argument.

In our experience, Court’s are more open to an application if you can demonstrate a positive and convincing argument as to why you need to drive at this stage (e.g. for a new job), and if you can show that you have addressed any underlying factors, that led to the original conviction, so that they can be satisfied you no longer pose a risk on the roads.

If you have previously made an application for the early return of your driving licence, we can represent you in making a fresh application, as long as 3 months have passed since your previous application.

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