In the United Kingdom, the agency in charge of licensing motorists is known as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The DVLA also has the authority to implement the revocation of a motorist's driving privileges. If your license has been revoked by the DVLA, you may have the option to appeal the revocation to a higher court. During the appeal process, the revocation will be suspended until the appeal of the underlying court case has been decided.
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- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Appellant's notice
Confirm that your revocation qualifies to be appealed. If the revocation was ordered by a court decision pursuant to a hearing or trial, then you have the right to appeal the court's decision to a higher court. If the revocation was ordered after a fixed penalty that you agreed to (such as a plea agreement), then you do not have the right to appeal.
Research to which court you must appeal. In most cases, the appeal will be heard by the court of appeal civil division. Seek legal advice or contact the court of appeal civil division directly if you are unsure to which court you must appeal (see Resources).
File the appeal within the required time frame. An appeal must be filed within 21 days after the order of revocation. The appeal process starts with filing the appellant's notice with the appeals court and the payment of the required fee.
Provide a copy of the appeal paperwork to the DVLA if you wish the revocation to be suspended while the underlying case is in the process of being appealed.
Tips and warnings
- Her Majesty's Court Services website provides a number of instructional pamphlets and forms for appeals as well as suggestions of where to find low-cost legal advice.
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