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If you get six or more points on your licence within two years of passing your driving test then your licence will be revoked and you will revert to a provisional licence holder and must pass another driving test.

If you have any penalty points on your provisional licence that haven't expired they will be carried over to your full licence when you pass your test. However, your licence will be revoked if you receive any further penalty points that take you up to a total of 6 or more within 2 years of passing your driving test.

Any penalty points accrued prior to passing your test for the first time, even if they number 6 or more, will not prevent you from taking your test. However, if within that two year period you accumulate any more points at all then your licence will be revoked as the number of points obtained within the probationary period becomes 6 or more. This is dependent of course, on the previous points on your licence being 'live'.

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