The Penalty Points System


Penalty Points

Check the contraventions for which you have been imposed penalty points


The aim of penalty points is to influence and improve driver behaviour and address the unacceptable levels of death and serious injury on our roads. Penalty point systems also operate in other countries. International experience has demonstrated the penalty points system has proven successful in reducing the number of road deaths in those countries.

The Motor Vehicles(Driving Licenses) Regulations SL.65.18 provide that new drivers who pass their driving tests shall be granted a probationary driving licence valid for 3 calendar years, subject to a penalty point system.Furthermore as from the 1st December 2017 all driving licence holders shall also be subject to the Penalty Point System.

For each contravention listed in the Sixth Schedule of the Regulations, penalty points shall be imposed by the Court of Magistrates or by the Commissioners for Justice.

A full driving licence for ten years is issued, upon renewal, if no penalty points are recorded or if the penalty points imposed were less than 12.

A probationary driving licence is revoked if, during the three-year probationary period, you accumulate 12 twelve penalty points or more. In such cases you shall be informed by the Authority and within 10 days you are to return your driving licence counterpart and photocard. An acknowledgment receipt will be issued.

A full driving licence shall be revoked if at any time during any period of twelve months, its holder accumulates in aggregate twelve penalty points or more.

Any holder of a full driving licence or of a probationary driving licence may have the number of penalty points recorded in his entry reduced by 50% at any time if he or she passes a safety awareness test which has been prepared by the Authority for this purpose. The test has a duration of 45 minutes and consists of 30 multiple choice questions. The pass mark for the test is 50%. A pass certificate will be issued upon successful completion.

The Penalty Points Theory Test Question bank (English and Maltese versions) is available here:

A person may only take such test every two years.

Where the driving licence has been revoked for the first time, the driver shall return his driving licence to Transport Malta.

Transport Malta will then return after the expiration of a period of two months from the date that the driving licence is returned without the need to sit for a driving test.