A police officer may demand the production of driving documents which can include your driving licence, certificate of insurance and MOT certificate when he stops you.

If you do not have the documentation with you for the officer to examine you will be issued with a form HO/RT 1 which will enable you to produce them within 7 days at a police station of your choice (subject to the police station being open for production of documents).

If the HO/RT 1 requires production of your driving licence then this must be produced in person, if it is only the certificate of insurance and/or the MOT are required to be produced these can be produced by someone on your behalf.

You must not produce any documents which are not in your name or which have been altered in anyway as this is an offence which carries imprisonment to a maximum of 2 years and an unlimited fine.


Failing to produce documents carries  a Level 3 Fine £1,000 and no endorsement.

If you have failed to produce the documents because you do not have them, you could be prosecuted for the substantive offences such as 

Usually if you are charged with not having the document or insurance the prosecution will drop the failure to produce charge if you are pleading guilty to the substantive offence.

Have you been charged for failing to produce documents?

If you have failed to produce documents you could be charged with the offence of failing to produce the documents and if there is no evidence that you have insurance or possess a driving licence you will also be charged with the relevant substantive offence such as driving without insurance.


What is the penalty for failing to produce documents?

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