Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme

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As the UK’s largest provider of drink driving courses, we have local venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Appointed by the Department for Transport and the Department for Infrastructure, we have successfully delivered the Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) for over 25 years.

The scheme educates people on alcohol and its effects and reduces reoffending. By completing a course, the attendee can reduce their driving ban by up to 25%, for example, taking a 12-month driving ban down to 9 months.

The scheme also supports offenders to recognise the problems associated with drink driving and to take personal responsibility for and to address their behaviour in relation to drinking and driving.

  • 2.5 days (over 16 hours)
  • Up to 15 participants
  • England from £99, Scotland from £110, Wales from £150, Northern Ireland from £110
  • Classroom interactive workshop
  • We deliver the course in local venues in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 

Participant benefits

Drink Driving BanReduce your ban by up to 25%.

PeopleGroup peoplePeopleUnderstand the potential impact of drink driving on yourself and others​.

DrivingHave a realistic understanding of your alcohol use, in general, and in relation to driving.

ChangeUnderstand the effects of alcohol on the body and be motivated to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Acknowledge the law relating to drink driving and accept responsibility for the actions that led to your conviction.

Initially I went to the course to reduce my ban, but after completing the course my attitude to alcohol has changed for the better.

DDRS attendee

Course details

Who should attend

Anyone who has elected in court to attend a drink-driving course.

Delivery method

The interactive workshop is relaxed and informative and facilitated by a licenced trainer. There is no court or police involvement. 

Course requirements

Arrive early
You must arrive 15 minutes early for registration on all 3 days. Late arrivals will be refused entry.

Valid identification
You must bring photo identification, such as a valid passport, on each day of the course.

If you do not have photographic ID you will need to bring 3 forms of non-photographic ID such as a recent utility bill (gas and electric), bank statement and debit/credit card.

No test
This is a theory-only, classroom-based course with no test.

Terms and conditions
This is a quick glance of the course requirements. For more details, refer to our terms and conditions.

Location of courses

Available near you with 220 venues nationwide

Offering more locations than any other provider, choose from over 220 course locations throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland

Midlands region

Ashton-under-Lyne
Birmingham
Boston
Burton
Chesterfield
Coalville
Coventry
Derby
Evesham
Grantham
Hanley
Heanor
Hereford
Hinckley
Kettering
Kidderminster
Lancaster
Leamington Spa
Leicester
Lincoln
Loughborough
Louth
Ludlow
Mansfield
Melton
Mowbray
Newark
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Northampton
Nottingham
Nuneaton
Oswestry
Redditch
Rugby
Shrewsbury
Spalding
Stafford
Stoke-on-Trent
Stourbridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
Tamworth
Telford
Walsall
Wellingborough
Whitchurch
Wolverhampton
Worcester
Worksop

North of England

Accrington
Altrincham
Ashton-under-Lyne
Barnsley
Barrow-in-Furness
Bebington
Bishop Auckland
Blackburn
Blackpool
Bolton
Bradford
Burnley
Burscough
Bury
Carlisle
Chester
Chorley
Congleton
Crewe
Eccles
Ellesmere Port
Hartlepool
Kendal
Lancaster
Leeds
Liverpool
Macclesfield
Manchester
Middlewich
Northwich
Oldham
Penrith
Preston
Rawtenstall
Rochdale
Runcorn
Sheffield
Southport
St Helens
Stockport
Warrington
Wigan
Workington

South of England

Aldershot
Ashford
Aylesbury
Banbury
Barnstaple
Basildon
Basingstoke
Bath
Battersea
Blandford Forum
Bodmin
Bournemouth
Braintree
Bridgwater
Brighton
Bristol
Bromley
Bury St Edmunds
Cambridge
Canterbury
Chelmsford
Cheltenham
Chippenham
Cirencester
Colchester
Crawley
Croydon
Ealing
Enfield
Epsom
Exeter
Farnborough
Folkestone
Forest Gate
Gloucester
Grays
Greenwich
Guildford
Harlow
Hastings
High Wycombe
Huntington
Ilford
Ipswich
Isle of Wight
Kilburn Park Kings
Lynn
Liskeard
Lowestoft
Luton
Maidstone
Milton Keynes
Newbury
Norwich
Oxford
Paddington
Penzance
Peterborough
Plymouth
Poole
Portsmouth
Reading
Redruth
Romford
Salisbury
Southampton
Southend
St Albans
Staines
Stevenage
Street
Swindon
Taunton
Torquay
Truro
Tunbridge Wells
Uxbridge
Waterloo
Watford
Weston-super
Weymouth
Wimbledon
Winchester
Yeovil

Scotland

Aberdeen
Dumfries
Dundee
Dunfermline
Edinburgh
Fort William
Galashiels
Glasgow
Greenock
Hamilton
Inverness
Kilmarnock
Kirkwall
Lerwick
Livingston
Perth

Wales

Bangor
Bridgend
Cardiff
Holyhead
Llanelli
Mold
Newtown
Porthmadog
Rhyl
Swansea
Wrexham

Northern Ireland

Ballymena
Ballynahinch
Belfast
Coleraine
Dundonald
Dungannon
Enniskillen
Londonderry
Newry
Omagh
Portadown
Strabane

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get referred to a course?

You can only be referred to attend a course during your court appearance. If you do not get a referral during your court appearance you will not be able to get a referral at a later date.

Can I be referred after my court appearance?

No. If you do not elect to attend a course during your court appearance you will not have the opportunity to apply afterwards.

You can do a course as a voluntary referral although this will not entitle you to the early return of your licence; it will give you education and skills to avoid being convicted again.

Also if your disqualification is longer than 2 years, you can apply to the courts at the 2-year point to have your licence reinstated early. Courts will take into account anything you have done to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Can I be referred to a second course?

Yes. There is no legal bar to an offender being referred to a second course.

Can I transfer my referral?

You can only transfer your referral in Great Britain, not Northern Ireland.

If you move areas, you can transfer your referral by notifying your original provider. However, please note that different providers charge different course fees.

When should I book a course?

It is advisable to complete the course as soon as is practical and avoid leaving it to the last minute as:

 work/family commitments or illness may prevent you completing the 3 sessions.

 if we has insufficient referrals we may have to cancel the course.

Can I book a course immediately?

You can book as soon as the provider has received your referral.

What happens if I cannot attend my course?

We will usually rebook your course providing there is sufficient time before the course completion date as set by the court expires a fee will be charged for this.

In the event of you being unable to attend or complete a course due to illness, a rearrangement fee will be applicable. This may be refunded upon receipt of a medical certificate and after review by us. It may also be possible to offer an alternative date due to other extreme circumstances (providing there is sufficient time within the deadline given by the police). Under such circumstances you must contact our office.

Can I change the date/time/venue of my course?

Yes you can change the time, date and venue of the course once you have booked. However, there is a charge incurred for changing your booking (see below) which is outlined in our terms and conditions.

If you wish to alter/cancel your course date and time within:

– 14 days of your original booking is free of charge/full course fee refunded.

From 15 days after your booking but more than 7 days prior to the first date of your course, there is a £30 rearrangement/cancellation fee.

Non-attendance, without prior notice, or less than 7 days prior to the first date of your course, there is a £75 rearrangement/cancellation fee

The above rearrangements of courses are subject to sufficient time allowed before your completion date.

We will make every effort to run all scheduled courses, however, if demand for a course is very low it will be cancelled. If this happens we will give you at least 5 days’ notice of cancellation. You will then be offered alternative dates (if you have allowed enough time) before the completion date, set by the court at the time of sentence.

Can I complete a course after my completion date?

No, however, very occasionally the date set by the court might be incorrect, so it is worth asking the course provider to double check the dates provided on the referral. Please note the date is always set by the court and there is no provision in law to extend that irrespective of the reasons. We always advise that you leave plenty of time to complete the course.

What happens if I miss a session or turn up late?

All providers work under strict guidance issued by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and you will be turned away and asked to rebook – assuming there is time – an additional fee will usually be incurred.

What happens if I don’t do a course?

The course is a non-binding court order. If you do not complete a course then we are required to issue you with a notice of non-completion, which closes the court order and is for your records. If you do not complete the course in full you will not benefit from a reduction in the period of time you are banned from driving.

What do I do with the completion certificate?

In England, Scotland and Wales, we will usually send the original completion certificate to the court that sentenced you. The court will then notify the Driving & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA). We will also supply you with 2 copies of the certificate. One copy is to be retained by yourself for insurance purposes. The other is to be sent to the DVLA with your driving licence application form at the appropriate time.  

In Northern Ireland, we will provide you with a completion certificate which you must take to the court you were sentenced at. We will also send a copy of the certificate to the court. The court will then notify the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Will this reduce my insurance premium?

Whilst we cannot guarantee this will reduce your insurance premium, many insurance companies now accept a certificate of completion as indicating that you are a much lower risk and they recognise the value of the course in reducing reconviction rates. Many offenders find they will achieve a significant discount.

When can I apply for my licence?

In England, Scotland and Wales, if you are High Risk Offender (HRO) then you can apply to the DVLA 3 months before your licence is due back. If you are not a HRO then you can apply 2 months before your licence is due back. We recommend you include with your application a copy of your completion certificate. Please note we will send the original completion certificate to the court.

In Northern Ireland, you can apply for your licence at the end of your disqualification period. For example, if you received a 12-month disqualification, which was reduced to 9 months, a driving licence application can be made at 9 months and not before.

If I am a HRO will I get my licence back in time?

In England, Scotland or Wales you can apply 3 months before the due date. It is very important that you apply at the earliest possible point, this means not leaving your course until the last minute.

However you need to be aware that because of a recent change to legislation you cannot drive until your medical has been completed in full. This means you have had the medical examination, any related blood tests and the full report has been received and approved by DVLA and they have issued your licence.

If you have been referred from a court in Northern Ireland, upon successful completion of the course you must first submit an application for your provisional licence as you will need to re-sit the driving test. This can only be done at the end of the ban, therefore, if you received a 12-month ban, which upon successful completion of the course was reduced to 9 months, you can only apply after 9 months. You will also need to successfully pass a medical examination by a doctor appointed by the DVA Coleraine (you will be required to pay for this medical).

For more information on this process, visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/driving-disqualifications

Do I need to sign in?

Yes this is very important. Upon your arrival please locate the trainer and sign the course register.

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