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9 Points On Licence – What To Do Next? 

If you find yourself in the position of having nine points on your licence and are wondering what to do next, read on to find out what your options are. Motoring defence lawyers like Caddick Davies can help to prevent a total driving ban resulting from further convictions or even reduce the number of points that you already have on your licence.

What Does Having 9 Points On Your Licence Mean?

What does having 9 points on your licence mean?

  • You cannot be issued with any more fixed penalty notices
  • You must instead go to court for any further motoring offences committed
  • You are very close to the 12 points needed for a total driving ban
  • You should instruct the services of a motoring defence lawyer

When you have 9 penalty points on your licence, you cannot accept any further fixed penalty tickets and must go to court if you are charged with another motoring offence.

You should be aware that you can be disqualified from driving if you get 12 or more penalty points within 3 years. This means that if you currently have 9 points on your licence, then you are in a very precarious position should you suffer any further penalties or charges related to your driving.

Not only will further penalty points within three years of totting up 9 penalty points take you to the driving ban threshold, having 9 points on your licence also means that you will forfeit the opportunity to receive any more fixed penalty tickets.

Therefore, if you commit any further motoring offences when you already have 9 points against your name, then you are required to attend court to face a judge and should instruct the services of a motoring defence solicitor at the earliest opportunity

Motor Defence Lawyers Can Help

At Caddick Davies Solicitors, we have a team of specialist motor defence lawyers that provide advice and representation for individuals facing motoring offences across the UK.

A solicitor specialising in motoring conviction defence cases will be able to assess your circumstances, advise on your options, and put a defence together in order to give you the best chance of avoiding a total driving ban. In some cases, professional legal support may also be able to help you to overturn previous driving convictions that have led to a high number of points on your licence.

If you are required to attend court due for a motoring offence when you already have nine points on your licence, then our team can give you the best possible chance of overturning the charge or fine against you, by:

  1. establishing the facts to build a strong case against the charges or penalty issued
  2. providing a defence counsel that you can rely on in court
  3. appealing previous convictions if a defence can be made and you pleaded not guilty at the time

From the simplest, to the most complex of cases, we are here to help. We start every enquiry with an informal discussion to get a clear understanding of your circumstances and are here to answer any questions that you may have in confidence.


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How Long Will 9 Points Stay On My Record?

The length of time that penalty points stay on your record and continue to impact things such as insurance premiums will depend on; the severity of the offence that resulted in the points being issued and when the offence occurred.

Most penalty points stay on a driving licence for a period of four years from the date of the offence although they are only active for the first three years. For more serious offences such as causing death by dangerous driving or drink driving, these points will stay on your licence for eleven years.

Points on your licence must be declared to your insurance company for five years after they have been issued which means you will be feeling the effect of driving offences long after they have occurred.

The number of penalty points imposed for a driving conviction will depend on the severity of the offence committed. For example, speeding will usually incur three to six points, careless driving typically attracts between three and nine penalty points and driving without insurance can result in six to eight penalty points being issued.

How Can A Solicitor Help Me?

If you are faced with prosecution when you already have nine points on your licence, and our team believes that you have a good chance of having the impending offence overturned, then we will work with you every step of the way.

We will ensure that you are treated fairly by the courts, you are cleared of any wrongdoings and any action that is taken against you is minimised as much as possible.

Our primary objective is to defend the claims made against you and/or minimise any fine and penalty points imposed so that we can prevent you adding more points to your driving record and suffering a total driving ban.

We do this by using our expertise and experience to identify any factual or technical defence which may be available so that we can thoroughly prepare your case and present a strong defence before the court. If the court accepts your defence then you will be acquitted and no punishment will be imposed.

We will:

  • Review all the evidence of your case to establish the facts and clear you of wrongdoing
  • Building a strong defence by gathering evidence and presenting your case
  • Represent you in Court
  • Provide legal advice throughout your case
  • Seek to recover the cost of your legal representation by way of a defendant cost order

Appealing A Conviction

Appealing a conviction

Our team may also be able to help you to appeal a conviction or sentence that has led to having points on your licence. If you disagree with the conviction made, or you think that the fine, penalty points or other sentence were too harsh then please get in touch to discuss your case.

  • You can only appeal against a driving conviction if you plead not guilty in the first place.
  • You can appeal against the sentence imposed in the Magistrates’ Court whether you pleaded guilty or not guilty.
  • You might therefore appeal against sentence or conviction or both depending on the circumstances.

An appeal is a complete rehearing by a Crown Court Judge sitting with two Magistrates, neither of whom will have heard your case before. Instructing the services of Caddick Davies will ensure you have a strong case with fresh evidence and fresh arguments in order to give you the best possible chance of a successful appeal outcome.

Related Questions

How Does 9 Penalty Points On My Driving Licence Affect Insurance?

Insurance premiums are calculated based on risk. A driver with nine penalty points will be classified as at a much higher risk of the insurance company having to issue a payout for future claims than a driver with no points on their licence. This means that if you have active convictions for motoring offences on your licence at the point of applying car insurance then you will likely face an increase in the cost of obtaining the insurance you need when compared to a driver with no active convictions.


This article has given you an overview of what you can do if you have nine points on your licence. In short, if you find yourself in this situation then you should instruct the services of a motoring defence solicitor who can:

  • provide defence against any future motoring convictions that will result in your total driving ban
  • offer support in appealing existing driving convictions that you feel you are not guilty of or have been sentenced too harshly
  • give advice and a no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and explore the ways you can be helped


Talk to Caddick Davies Solicitors today

Use our contact page to send us a message or call us on 0333 443 2366 for a friendly chat.


Our leading team of motoring offence solicitors at Caddick Davies have a reputation for success when it comes to defending motorists charged with driving offences. We work with clients all over the UK and are rated in the top 20 law firms on TrustPilot. 

For efficient and effective legal advice for motoring offences, please get in touch to discuss your case with our friendly team today. 


Motoring Lawyer at Caddick Davies Solicitors
Caddick Davies is recognised as one of England and Wales’ leading motoring law firms, offering specialist Speeding Solicitors, Drink Driving Solicitors & Dangerous Driving Solicitors.We provide advice and representation on all motoring offences including speeding, the avoidance of disqualification on penalty points or “totting up” (exceptional hardship), driving without due care and attention (careless driving), dangerous driving, drink driving, as well as a range of services related to medical revocation of a driving licence.
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