Can I hire a car with points or endorsements on my licence?

driving convictions

If you’re looking to hire a car with points or your licence or a driving convicition then the answer as to whether you can or not completely depends on how many points you have, what the points are for, or if you have a particular conviction, so to find out more please continue reading.

If you have any points, convictions or endorsements on your driving licence you may often find that this stops you from renting a vehicle. When you are looking to hire a car with a conviction you may be prevented from getting a vehicle as if you have a major endorsement or a particular number of points on your licence.

Indigo Car Hire is here to help. As we are a car rental broker we work with many different rental companies around the world and the large majority of these suppliers will not allow you to rent a vehicle unless you have a completely clean licence. Indigo Car Hire has managed to broker a deal whereby Car Hire With Driving Convictions can be made possible, depending on your particular circumstances. We always advise that you speak to our rental team directly to ensure that you are able to hire a car with a conviction on your licence as this sadly not always possible. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ONLINE.

If your situation is not highlighted above then please get in contact with us directly as we will be able to provide you with accurate information for your unique situation. You can do so by calling us directly on  +44 (0)113 880 0748 or email us at sales@indigocarhire.co.uk.

Hiring A Car With 3 Points On Your Licence

When it comes to driving convictions and offences there are so many different ones which all have different meanings. Less serious offences like Speeding (SP), Mobile Phone Offence (CU), Traffic Light Violation (TS), Driving other than in accordance with your licence (LC) , Miscellaneous Offences (MS) or Pedestrian Crossing Offences (PC), Providing that you only have 3 points on your licence and you have not been banned then you can hire a car with 3 points on your licence.Generally you get 3 points and a £60 fine for these offences. Normally, this is not a problem for us and you should be able to hire a car.

Hiring A Car With 6 Points On Your Licence

If you have 6 points on your licence for a couple of less serious convictions like two speeding offences or a traffic light offence and a mobile phone offence, which all carry 3 point penalties in most cases, you may still be able to rent a vehicle but please speak to our reservations team to be certain as some suppliers may not allow you to hire so we need to recommend a specific one.

If you have in excess of 6 points on your licence then many rental companies will not be able to rent a car for you. The large majority of rental companies will all prevent anyone with more than 6 points on their licence from hiring a car. Now with Indigo Car Hire we may still be able to rent a vehicle to you from selected locations but you will need to speak to our team directly so that they can point you in the right direction and ensure that you get a vehicle and have no problems.

Hiring A Car With A Drink Driving Offence (DR10)

A DR10 means driving or attempting to drive with a blood alcohol level above the allowable limit. Obviously this is a serious offence and should not be condoned by anyone, but people do make mistakes and it seems the car hire industry takes these offenses even more seriously than the government.

If you are caught over the limit you could face a hefty fine and a potential driving ban from 90 days to 3 years in some extreme cases, the length of some bans can be reduced by attending a road safety and alcohol course. After your ban you are free to drive again providing you can get insurance, however most car hire companies will not hire a car to someone with a DR10 on their licence for 5 years from the date the ban was lifted and the licence was returned.

This means if you get a 1 year ban, you may not be able to hire a car for 6 years, this is obviously a long time and may seem excessive to some people.

We have now found a national supplier in the UK who have relaxed their rules a little when it comes to this offence. Basically they will hire to someone with a DR10 on their licence providing the date of conviction was at least 5 years ago, so this means that with this supplier you could potentially hire a car a full 3 years before any other supplier will allow it.

Hiring A Car With A No Insurance Offence (IN10)

The main condition in order to Hire a Car with a IN10 Conviction is to have no more than 6 penalty points on your driving licence.

Sometimes the drivers get 8 penalty points, so it is good to call us and to discuss with our reservation agents before doing any other travelling arrangements. The second condition which drivers with IN10 must met is that they shouldn’t have had their driving licence revoked or received a ban.. If you lost your licence you won’t be able to hire a car for five years from the date you get your licence back.

These rules only apply when Hiring A Car With An IN10 Conviction in the UK, with a UK licence. If you are arriving from another country, then we may be able to provide you with a rental car no matter what endorsements are on your licence. This also goes for UK licence holders wanting to hire a car abroad.

Hiring A Car After Failure To Give Information (MS90)

MS90 Conviction stands for “Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc” and will stay on your driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence. This conviction comes also with 6 penalty points on your driving licence.

In order to hire a car while you have an MS90, you must not have any previous bans or more than 6 penalty points on your driving record.

At the moment we managed to arrange this deal only in few locations, but we are committed to expand it at as many other locations in the UK as we can.

List of conviciton codes, offences & points

Conviction CodesOffencesEndorsable Points
ACCIDENT OFFENCES
AC10Failing to stop after an accident 5 - 10
AC20Failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours 5 - 10
AC30Undefined Accident Offences 4 - 9
DISQUALIFIED DRIVER
BA10Driving whilst disqualified by order of court 6
BA30Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 6
CARELESS DRIVING
CD10Driving without Due care and attention 3 - 9
CD20Driving without reasonable consideration for others 3 - 9
CD30Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users3 - 9
CD40Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3 - 11
CD50Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3 - 11
CD60Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 3 - 11
CD70Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3 - 11
CD80Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving 3 - 11
CD90Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 3 - 11
CONSTRUCTION AND USE OFFENCES
CU10Using a vehicle with defective brakes 3
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 condition3
CU30Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)3
CU40Using a vehicle with defective steering 3
CU50Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 3
CU80Using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle 3
RECKLESS / DANGEROUS DRIVING
DD40Dangerous Driving 3 - 11
DD60Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3 - 11
DD80Causing Death by dangerous driving 3 - 11
DD90Furious Driving 3 - 9
DRINK OR DRUG DRIVING
DR10Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 3 - 11
DR20Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 3 - 11
DR30Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3 - 11
DR40In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 10
DR50In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 10
DR60Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10
DR70Failing to provide specimen for breath test 4
DR80Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs3 - 11
DR90In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10
INSURANCE OFFENCES
IN10Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks6 - 8
LICENCE OFFENCES
LC20Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 3 - 6
LC30
Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence 3 - 6
LC40Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability 3 - 6
LC50Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds 3 - 6
MISCELLANEOUS OFFENCES
MS10Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3
MS20Unlawful pillion riding 3
MS30Play street offences 2
MS40Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight or refusing to submit to a test 3
MS50Motor racing on the highway 3 - 11
MS60Offences not covered by other codes As Appropriate
MS70Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3
MS80Refusing to submit to an eyesight test 3
MS90Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc 6
MOTORWAY OFFENCES
MW10Contravention of Special Roads Regulations (excluding speed limits) 3
PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
PC10Undefined Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations 3
PC20Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with moving vehicle 3
PC30Contravention of Pedestrian Crossing Regulations with stationary vehicle 3
SPEED LIMIT OFFENCES
SP10Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3 - 6
SP20Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3 - 6
SP30Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 3 - 6
SP40Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3 - 6
SP50Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 3 - 6
SP60Undefined speed limit offence 3 - 6
TRAFFIC DIRECTIONS AND SIGNS
TS10Failing to comply with traffic light signals 3
TS20Failing to comply with double white lines 3
TS30Failing to comply with "Stop" sign 3
TS40Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden 3
TS50Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding - stop -signs, traffic lights or double white lines)3
TS60Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign 3
TS70Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign 3
SPECIAL CODE
TT99To signify a disqualification under totting-up procedure. If the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver is liable to be disqualified
THEFT OR UNAUTORISED TAKING
UT50Aggravated taking of a vehicle 3 - 11