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Penalty Points in Northern Ireland

If you’re convicted of a motoring offence the courts can fine you and endorse your driving licence with penalty points.

Endorsable Fixed Penalties

Police officers (in uniform) are able to issue Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices (EFPNs) for a variety of road traffic offences. The offences range from stopping on a motorway to defective tyres. Parking Attendants will be able to issue EFPNs for offences related to pelican and zebra crossings only.

However, the most common ones are excess speed, using a handheld mobile phone and driver failing to wear a seatbelt.

Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices differ from non-endorsable fixed penalty notices. They involve the endorsement of penalty points on a driving licence and they carry a heavier fine currently £60. Penalty Points remain on your licence for a period of 3 years

Further information is available on the PSNI website – Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice FAQs

NI Direct

The NI Direct website provides useful information on this topic, including:

  • Endorsement and penalty points
  • Removing expired endorsements from a driving licence
  • Driving disqualifications

Please visit NI Direct – Endorsements and penalty points

Cross-border issues

With effect from 28 January 2010 mutual recognition of driving disqualifications between the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland came into force. The new initiative also includes a commitment to examine the mutual recognition of penalty points.  However, this is likely to take longer to enforce because each of the three jurisdictions – Northern Ireland, UK and Ireland are currently operating separate penalty point systems.   For further information please visit Border People – Mutual Recognition of Driving Disqualification

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Page last checked: February 2016

This webpage is for general information purposes only and while we endeavour to keep it up-to-date, errors may occur.  It is very important that you check with the relevant body to ensure the information is current and is applicable to your situation: – North /  South

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