Hiring A Car With Endorsements On My Licence

Hiring a car with endorsements is a tricky subject, many don't even think it has an impact but when they come to hire a car they will end up leaving disappointed and car-less. It's important that you are aware of the terms and conditions of the supplier that you are booking with so you can ensure that you will be able to pick up your car without an issue and not be left stranded on your holiday.

How Many Points Can I Have On My Licence & Still Hire A Car?

The problem is there is no simple answer. For standard offences, such as a TS10 for running a light, SP30 for speeding or even a PC10 is typically fine as these offences will usually just land you with 3 points on your licence and a fine. Car hire companies as standard usually don't mind about having 3 points on your licence as typically they will accept anything under 6. Car rental companies will not charge you anything extra for having 3 points on your licence. The problem occurs when there are more serious offences & endorsements.

I Have A DR10, IN10 or CD10 What Happens Then?

DR10 (Drink Driving), IN10 (Driving With No Insurance) or CD10 (Careless Driving) are all considered to be serious offences by car rental companies, and if you have one of these endorsements you will be deemed as more of a risk. If you have one of these convictions then unfortunately you will be prevented from hiring a car within the UK for 5 years from when you got your licence back or conviction date if your licence was never taken.

There May Still Be Hope - Read The T&Cs

Don't just give up at the first hurdle, there could still be hope, even if you have a serious conviction such as the previously mentioned DR10 or IN10. You should always do a quick search to your desired hire location and look through the terms and conditions of the rental as some suppliers can be more lenient than other, particularly in countries such as Spain. You may be required to call the rental company directly before booking in order to get a definite answer.

Breakdown of Driving Offences

Endorsement CodeDescriptionPointsPeriod On Licence (Years)
AC10Failing to stop after an accident5-104
AC20Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours5-104
AC30Undefined accident offences4-94
BA10Driving while disqualified by order of Court64
BA30Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of Court64
BA40Causing death by driving while disqualified3-114
BA60Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified3-114
CD10Driving without due care and attention3-94
CD20Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users3-94
CD30Driving without due care and attention/reasonable consideration3-94
CD40Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink3-1111
CD50Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs3-1211
CD60Causing death by careless driving when alcohol level above limit3-1311
CD70Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis3-1411
CD80Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving3-154
CD90Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers3-164
CU10Using a vehicle with defective brakes34
CU20Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition34
CU30Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)34
CU40Using a vehicle with defective steering34
CU50Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers34
CU80Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, mobile telephone etc.34
DD10Causing serious injury by dangerous driving3-114
DD40Dangerous Driving3-124
DD60Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle3-134
DD80Causing death by dangerous driving3-144
DD90Furious driving3-154
DR10Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol concentration above limit3-1611
DR20Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drink3-1711
DR30Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to provide a specimen3-1811
DR31Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity3-1911
DR40In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit104
DR50In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink104
DR60Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive104
DR61Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive1011
DR70Failing to provide specimen for breath test44
DG10Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit3-1111
DG40In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit104
DG60Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit3-1111
DR80Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs3-1111
DR90In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs104
IN10Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks6-84
LC20Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence3-64
LC30Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence3-74
LC40Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability3-84
LC50Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds3-94
MS10Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position34
MS20Unlawful pillion riding34
MS30Playstreet Offence24
MS50Motor racing on the highway3-114
MS60Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of vehicle)34
MS70Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight34
MS80Refusing to submit to an eyesight test34
MS90Failing to give information as to identity of driver etc.64
MW10Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits)34
PC10Undefined contravention of Pedestrian crossing Regulations34
PC20Contravention of Pedestrian crossing Regulations with moving vehicle34
PC30Contravention of Pedestrian crossing Regulations Stationary vehicle34
SP10Exceeding goods vehicle speed limit3-64
SP20Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)3-74
SP30Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road3-84
SP40Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit3-94
SP50Exceeding speed limit on a motorway3-104
TS10Failing to comply with traffic light signals34
TS20Failing to comply with double white lines34
TS30Failing to comply with a 'Stop' sign34
TS40Failing to comply with directions of a constable/traffic warden34
TS50Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ?stop? signs, traffic lights or double white lines)34
TS60Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign34
TS70Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign34
TT99Disqualified for having more than 12 points in the "totting up" processN/A4
UT50Aggravated taking of a vehicle3-114
MR09Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk)N/A4
MR19Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run)N/A4
MR29Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driverN/A4
MR39Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speedN/A4
MR49Driving a vehicle whilst disqualifiedN/A4
MR59Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of OffenceN/A4
Credit: Wikipedia.