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Losing your licence

You may lose your licence if you commit a serious offence, if you are caught speeding, if you incur all your demerit points or if you don't pay your fines.

You may lose your licence on the spot after you are stopped by police or you may get a Notice of Suspension from Roads and Maritime Se​rvices (RMS) that states the date on which you will lose your licence.

Alert iconA susp​ension is different to a disqualification. A suspension can only be imposed by the Police or the RMS, but a disqualification is i​​mposed by the court. You may be disqualified if you are convicted by a court of a serious driving offence. If you have been disqualified from driving, this section does not apply to you. If you have been disqualified, you will need to reapply for a licence at the end of the disqualification. For more information about your options after your licence has been disqualified by the court, see After court.

    ​On th​​​e s​pot susp​​ens​ions

    If you commit a serious driving offence, the police can charge you, give you a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) and suspend your licence on the spot.  Some examples of serious driving offences include:

    • negligent driving, where someone is seriously injured or dies
    • serious speeding offences
    • some offences involving driving and drugs or alcohol
    • street racing and burnout offences
    • if you breach your licence conditions, for example if you are a learner driver and you drive without a supervising driver.

    RMS suspensions for speeding

    RMS can suspend your licence if you are photographed driving more than 30 km/hr over the speed limit by a speed camera. The amount of time your licence is suspended will depend on how fast you were going. For example:

    • over 30 km/hr and up to 45 km/hr over the speed limit, your licence will be suspended for 3 months
    • over 45 km/hr over the speed limit, your licence will be suspended for 6 months.

    RMS will send you a letter suspending you from driving. The letter will tell you when the suspension will start and how long it will last. RMS may send you a letter suspending you from driving:

    •  after you pay a speeding fine, or
    • when the deadline for electing to go to court has passed, if you did not pay the speeding fine or elect to go to court.

    Your licence can also be suspended because of demerit points or unpaid fines.

    For more information, see Licence suspensions in the Fines section of this website.

    When can you drive again?

    If your licence is suspended, you will not be able to drive until:

    • the end of the suspension period for the offence,
    • you have appealed the suspension to the local court and had your suspension lifted,
    • you go to court and defend the offence and are found not guilty, or
    • you go to court and are found guilty but the court records no conviction.

    You don't need to reapply for your licence at the end of the suspension period.

    Icon - alertThere are serious penalties for driving while you are suspended, including licence disqualification, large fines and imprisonment. If your licence has been suspended and you are caught driving, you should get legal advice.

    Appealing the suspension

    If your licence has been suspended on the spot or for a camera speeding offence, it is possible to appeal to the local court against the suspension. The court will consider:

    • your need for a licence and
    • ​whether there are exceptional circumstances justifying lifting the suspension.

    ​The court will not look at your guilt or innocence for the offence at that stage.

    Icon - alertYou must file your appeal within 28 days of the date you were suspended. If you do not file your appeal within 28 days, even if the court accepts your application, the magistrate may not hear your case.

    For more information, see Appealing the suspension in the Fines section of this website.

    ​For more information about what happens after you have been charged with an offence, see Responding to a charge​.​