How early can I get my licence back after driving ban
Many people wonder when they will be able to get their driving licence back after a ban and whether they could get it well before the ban expires. The good news is that these people could get their licence earlier but it depends on their individual circumstances. There are two main factors which govern this possibility - first is the length of the driving ban imposed by the court and second is the conduct of the individual following the driving ban, that is, whether more driving offences were committed after the person was convicted.
You *may* be able to get your licence earlier by applying for it to the court which sentenced you under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. However you can only apply after a certain length of time has elapsed since you were banned.
When to apply to the court
You must submit an application in writing to the court where you were convicted.
...if your ban is less than 2 years
For driving bans less than 2 years, you will have to complete the whole ban; no chance of getting it sooner unfortunately.
...if your ban is between 2 to 4 years
For driving bans between 2-4 years, you can apply after 2 years.
...if your ban is between 4 to 10 years
For driving bans between 4-10 years, you can apply after half the ban term has elapsed (eg for a 6 year ban, you can apply after 3 years or for an 8 year ban, you can apply after 4 years)
...if your ban is over 10 years
For driving bans more than 10 years, you can apply after 5 years.
As you can see above, you cannot escape the driving ban for short disqualifications, that is, bans less than 2 years. However if you have been requested to complete a drink driving rehab course, you would be able to get up to one quarter of your ban lifted no matter how long your ban is for (eg for a 1 year ban, you can get your licence back after 9 months if you complete the rehabilitation course).
Your application to have your licence early will be considered by the court which sentenced you in the first place and things like your character or the driving offences made after the ban was imposed may result in refusal of returning your licence sooner. So make sure you have been a good citizen following your disqualification to prevent any disappointment. If your application is rejected by the court, then you will have to wait 3 months before you can make another appeal to get your licence back.
Another point worth noting is that many people take the advice of a solicitor specialising in motoring offences to help them build a strong case before contacting the court, so it might be worth getting in touch with one if you're keen or desperate to get your licence back.