Can I hire a car with a drink driving conviction?

Can I hire a car with a drink driving conviction?

A drink driving conviction is a serious endorsement and the large majority of car hire suppliers will think twice before hiring a car to someone with a drink driving conviction, also known as a DR10 or other DR code endorsement.
 
Code
Description
Points
on License
DR10
Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit
3 to 11
11
DR20
Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink
3 to 11
11
DR30
Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis
3 to 11
11
DR31
Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity
3 to 11
11
DR61
Refusing 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 drive
10
11
DR40
In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit
10
4
DR50
In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink
10
4
DR60
Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive
10
4
DR70
Failing to provide specimen for breath test
4
4

Drivers who have received a serious endorsement on their licence such as a DR10 (drink driving) will likely find they are unable to hire a car for at least 11 years. Some drivers may be left feeling confused or even hard done by to find this out as their original driving ban could have ranged from just 1-3 years, however the conviction will stay on the driver’s licence for 11 years in total and must be declared for insurance and car hire purposes. Car hire companies are entitled to refuse car hire if the conviction has been on the licence for less than 10 years. Lesser DR endorsements such as DR40, DR50, DR60 or DR70 will only remain on your licence for 4 years althought should still be declared.

car hire drink driving conviction

Each car hire company will have slightly different policies and these can vary from country to country, therefore it is always advisable to discuss any driving convictions at the time of getting a quote for car hire. Generally speaking minor endorsements such as speeding fines or driving whilst using a mobile phone will not prohibit a driver from hiring a car, however they still need to be declared and considered at the time of booking. The majority of car hire companies will accept a licence with up to 6 points, this can depend on the age of driver however and always on the type of endorsement. The car hire provider will often ask you for the endorsement code on your licence, (DR10 for example) as this will give them the information that they need.

The good news is that after 10 years and assuming there are no further serious endorsements on the licence a driver will no longer need to declare the conviction and will be able to hire a car without any additional surcharges.

Can I hire a car with a drink driving conviction?

  • It is not possible to hire a car in the UK with a drink driving conviction unless it was over 11 years ago.
  • Even if your driving ban has recently expired you will still have the endorsement on your licence – this lasts for 11 years, or 4 yeasr for lesser endorsements.
  • A new licence with no new endorsements does not mean that you will be able to hire a car, if the DR10 was in the last 11 years and on a previous licence.
Always declare any driving endorsements at the time of booking and Rhino Car Hire will be able to check with a range of suppliers and inform you on their specific terms and conditions.

 
Posted: January 09, 2017 by Global Administrator | with 4 comments

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James
This information is plain wrong. DR10 does stay on your license for 11 years, but only for the purposes of being relevant if you do another DD within 10 years. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act states that after 5 years from conviction, your DR10 is spent. After 5 years you do not have a declarable criminal conviction. For any company to take into account a 5-year + conviction and penalize you for it, is illegal.
11/6/2018 2:56:28 PM

David Holmes
a drink drive conviction is spent after 5 years , so your wrong to quote 10 years regarding insurance , it in fact stays on your license for 11 years for the purpose of future sentencing only , what hire companies do is up to them , them but they could be challenged if someone where so mind as under the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 a drink drive conviction is spent after 5 years
7/9/2017 12:45:54 PM

Gavin defty
Hi am looking at hiring a car on the 18th July to 27th only problem is I lost my license for drink driving in 2009 and was wondering if this would effect me hiring a car please could you email me and let me no if this is possible many thanks Sunderland area
6/29/2017 9:19:13 PM

Zoe
Hi there, my partners looking to hire a van for work but has a Dr10 on his license till November. He really needs a van for work, do you hire in the doncaster Area please
6/20/2017 4:20:42 PM

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