We’re looking for examples of people affected by this. Find out more details here.

For more latest news, you can:

  1. see the posts at the bottom of this page
  2. click here for a full list of news posts
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  4. follow the latest on Twitter using the hashtag #spentmotoring


The problem

Even once a motoring conviction becomes spent, a driving endorsement can remain on a driving licence for up to 11 years.

Despite having legitimate ways of checking driver records, third parties (including employers, insurers and car-hire companies) are getting individuals to share their driver record, which means that these third parties have access to spent convictions that are still retained on DVLA records.


What we think needs to change

The DVLA should prevent third parties getting access to spent motoring convictions by:

  • ensuring that insurers, car hire companies and others do not see spent motoring convictions through the third-party systems that they use to access to DVLA records
  • providing guidance to insurers, car hire companies and others that explain the proper channels for accessing driver records
  • ensuring the individuals have the option of accessing their driver record online but removing any spent convictions before this is shared to third parties
  • providing guidance to individuals on their rights and responsibilities


What we’re doing

We’ve raised concerns with the DVLA, as well as taken a number of advocacy cases to push the issue. The DVLA abolished paper counterparts in June 2015, which has helped to limit the problem, but the issue does still remain.

We’ve published information on DVLA records of driving offences and how they’re shared.

We are working with the DVLA, the Department for Transport and others to try to resolve this issue.


We’re investigating

We’re looking for examples of people affected by this. Find out more details here.


Latest news

See the bottom of this page for our latest posts about this issue. A full index of news on this issue can be found here.

You can also find below the latest from Twitter, using the hashtag #spentmotoring (although we cannot endorse what gets displayed here).


For more information

  1. Practical self-help information  – We have guidance on motoring convictions and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act on our information site
  2. Personal experiences – We have posts relating to the sharing of spent motoring convictions on our online magazine, theRecord
  3. Discuss this issue – Share your views and experiences on our online forum
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