Getting Your Licence Back After A Ban

Helen Newman of Forrest Williams solicitors

Helen Newman of Forrest Williams solicitors

Getting Your Licence Back After A Ban

Are you having issues with obtaining the return of your licence from the DVLA following the end of a disqualification period? Have you had your licence revoked or refused on medical grounds? Did you know that you can appoint someone to liaise with the DVLA on your behalf?

That’s what a recent client of ours did. He had been convicted of Drink Driving and served his disqualification. He had made the application for the return of his licence but then run into issues with the DVLA suggesting that he may require a medical before they were willing to consider his application further.

The client contacted us in despair, he had been going round in circles with the DVLA for weeks and was getting nowhere. In his eyes he had served his sentence and now just wanted to move forward with his life. It wasn’t even that he objected to having a medical if one was required, just that he wanted someone to talk to him and explain what was going on.

We spent time chatting to the client, we talked about why he wanted his licence back, the circumstances of the incident which led to his disqualification, how his life has changed since then. We ensured that we were able to answer any questions the DVLA may have and to try to ensure we could move this matter forward.

From our conversations with the client we did not believe he would require a medical, he did not appear to fall into any of the ‘High-Risk Offender’ categories and nor had anything he told us suggested that there would be a medical reason to suggest that he may not be granted the return of his licence.

We spoke to the DVLA, wrote to them, followed up again several times with them verbally until we were able to speak with a decision maker who agreed with us that our client would not require a medical and confirmed that his licence would be issued to him immediately. We were even able to obtain this confirmation from them in writing so he would be able to drive immediately and not have to wait for the new licence to arrive in the post to know it had been granted.

At Forrest Williams we have had success in appealing against revocation of licence, refusal of licence and disputes over the return of licence. If you are experiencing any of these issues then give the team a call on 0800 1933 999 and we would be happy to discuss your circumstances with you and to advise you on the best course of action for you.