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I got caught driving without insurance (didnt realize it had

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I got caught driving without insurance (didn't realize it had lapsed), got a £300 fine and 6 points on my license. I paid the fine immediately. I apply for ILR in 3 months time. Will this affect my application?
My name isXXXXX and I am a Solicitor based in London. I'm happy to help with your question today.

I assume the 6 points were imposed by a Court?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes they were, I had to submit my license to the police station who forwarded it to the DVLA. The charge came as a FPN.


A fixed penalty is ignored under the Good Character requirement.

It will not affect your ILR.

If you went to court then you must tell UKBA in your application. If you did not go to court then you do not need tell UKBA.

Hope this clarifies the matter for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Just to clarify, even though the court issued the points (I'm assuming that my license went from the police station to the court and then to the dvla) because I never went to court and because I paid the FPN without question, I do not need to tell the UKBA?


Can I use your answer as an official statement from a solicitor?

The police have power to issue a fixed penalty.

They endorse your licence with 6 points and collect the fine.

The matter did not go to court - if it did the court would have sent you a summons and you would have corresponded with the court.

This was clearly a fixed penalty notice.

You do not need my say so that a fixed penalty is ignored. Here is the information on UKBA website under 'good character requirement'. The part that you need to read is under 'criminal record'.

Hope this helps.


Alice H and other UK Law Specialists are ready to help you
Thanks for your custom. All the best with your application.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks very much for your help, it's a relief to have some peace of mind!

No problem.