How long does a Debt Relief Order last?


Typically, a Debt Relief Order (DRO) will last for twelve months. At the end of this period, any debts listed in the DRO will be discharged, which means you will no longer be liable for them.

However, the Official Receiver can apply for a Debt Relief Restrictions Order, which can extend the imposition of the DRO for a period of up to 15 years, if you are found to be reckless or dishonest about your financial affairs.

You can read more about Debt Relief Orders and whether one is suitable for your situation in our Debt Relief Order section.

Debt Advice Foundation is a registered UK charity offering free, confidential support and advice on any aspect of debt, including Debt Relief Orders. If you need to talk to someone about Debt Relief Orders or would like to discuss the alternatives, please call 0800 043 40 50 to speak to an adviser.