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Losing your licence

If you are found guilty of a driving offence the court can make orders that you cannot drive for a period of time.

If you are found guilty of a drink driving related offence the court may have made a Mandatory Interlock Order that includes a disqualification period.

If the court has disqualified you, you may be able to apply to get the disqualification removed.

    ​​Licence disqualification

    If you are found guilty of a driving offence and convicted, the court may disqualify you from holding a licence for a period of time. This means that your licence is cancelled and you must not drive.

    At the end of your disqualification period you will need to apply to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS, formerly RTA) for a new licence. You cannot drive until you have been given a new licence.

    For some offences a disqualification period is mandatory if you are convicted. This means the magistrate must disqualify you from driving. The only way you can avoid a licence disqualification in this situation is ​if the magistrate finds you guilty but doesn't record a conviction. This is commonly known as a 'section 10 dismissal'.

    In some limited cases, you can write to the NSW Attorney General and ask for a recommendation that the remaining period of your disqualification be remitted (cancelled). 

    For information on this, see Remission of fines and driver licence disqualifications on the Justice website. 

    You can also appeal a magistrate's decision, including the sentence. For more information, see Appeals.      

    Alcohol Interlock Program

    If you have been convicted of a driving offence including alcohol, the court may have made an Alcohol Interlock Order (previously known as a Mandatory Interlock Order) at the time the court sentenced you for the offence. An Alcohol Interlock Order may be made if you have been convicted of:

    • mid range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA),  
    • high range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA),
    • a second or subsequent drink driving offence in a 5 year period,
    • failing to provide a breath or blood sample when requested by police, or
    • other serious driving offences involving alcohol.

    An Alcohol Interlock Order means you will have to complete a disqualification period during which you cannot drive. When the disqualification has ended, you may be able to obtain an interlock driver licence. If you have an interlock driver licence, you are only allowed to drive vehicles which are fitted with an approved interlock device. This device requires you to provide a breath sample before the vehicle will start. The device must be installed and regularly maintained by an approved provider. Tampering with the device is an offence.

    If you do not obtain the interlock driver licence, you will be disqualified from  driving for 5 years from the date of conviction (as at 1 February 2015).

    The court can make an exemption order that means you do not have to obtain an interlock driver licence or interlock device at the end of your disqualification period. However, an exemption order can only be made in limited circumstances.

    An exemption order can  be made if you prove:

    • you do not have access to a vehicle which an interlock device can be installed, or
    • you have a medical condition (and evidence) that stops you from being able to provide the interlock device with enough breath to operate.

    If you have been convicted of a first offence, mid range drink driving offence the court may give an exemption order if you prove:

    • that the making of a alcohol interlock order would cause severe hardship and
    • that it is more appropriate for the court to make an interlock exemption in all the circumstances than the making of a mandatory interlock order. 

    For more information, see Alcohol interlock program on the RMS website 

    Applying to remove your driver licence disqualifications

    If you are eligible, you may be able to apply to the Local Court to have your disqualification period removed.

    Whether you are eligible or not will depend on the type of driving offences that you have been convicted of, as well as the length of time you have been disqualified.

    Your Driving Offences 

    You cannot apply under the new scheme if you have been convicted of any of the following driving offences:

    • murder or manslaughter caused by the use of a motor vehicle
    • an offence under the Crimes Act that caused the death, grievous bodily harm or wounding by a motor vehicle
    • predatory driving or police pursuits (under the Crimes Act)
    • negligent driving causing death or grievous bodily harm
    • intentional menacing driving
    • failing to stop and assist after impact causing death or grievous bodily harm.
    For more information download the Summary table [PDF126kb].

    A disqualified driver cannot apply to have a disqualification removed if the disqualification was for a mandatory interlock period. 

    The 'Offence-Free Period'

    You will only be eligible to apply if you have not committed any other driving offence during the relevant 'offence-free period'.

    The length of time of the offence-free period depends on the types of driving offences in your driving history.  

    The offence-free period is four years for the following offences, whether or not the licence disqualification for that offence has been completed:

    • a major offence (for example, drink driving, driving in a manner or speed that is dangerous)
    • exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h
    • negligent, furious or reckless driving
    • street racing
    • aggravated burnout.

    The offence-free period is two years  if you have been disqualified from driving because you: 

    • were declared a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) or
    • for any other driving offence.

    Step by step guide: For information about applying to get your disqualification period removed, see Applying to remove your driver licence disqualification.

    Even if you are eligible to apply, this does not mean your application to the Local Court will be successful. The magistrate will look at all the information before them and make a decision as to whether they should remove your driver licence disqualifications.