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Conseq​uences of paying a fine

Before you pay your fine, you should think about the consequences. If you have paid the fine but you have changed your mind ​and you want to challenge the fine, you must do so within a limited amount of time.

    ​Ha​​v​i​​​ng ​a driving​​​ ​​​​or cri​​​​minal rec​​ord

    If you decide to pay a fine, it is not the same as admitting you are guilty. However, when you pay a fine, the offence may be listed on your driving record or criminal history.

    If it is a fine for a traffic offence, it may be listed on your driving record. For some offences where a criminal infringement notice (CIN) is issued, the offence may also appear on your criminal history. A 'criminal history' is a record of all offences and court appearances.

    Getting demerit points

    Many traffic offences also come with demerit points, for example, speeding offences or using your mobile phone while driving. The demerit points can be given to ​you when:

    • you pay the fine
    • the court finds you guilty of the offence, or
    • the due date of the penalty reminder notice has passed and you have not paid the fine or elected to have the fine heard in court.

    If you want to know if an offence comes with demerit points, go to the Roads and Maritime Services​ website (RMS formerly RTA).

    If you are not sure how many demerit points you have, you can check on the Service NSW Online Services website.

    If you go over your limit of demerit points, your licence will be suspended.

    For more information, see Demerit points - Licence suspensions.

    Alert IconIf your licence has ​been suspended, depending on your circumstances you may be able to appeal the suspension of your licence, or apply for a good behaviour licence so that you can keep driving. For more information, see Licence suspensions.

    Licence suspension

    Your licence can be suspended in many different ways. RMS can suspend your driver's licence if you:

    • get too many demerit points
    • are caught by a speed camera doing more than 30km/hr over the speed limit.

    If you repeatedly lose your licence for accumulation of demerit points, the RMS may ask you to:

    • participate in a driver education course,
    • undertake a driver knowledge test, or
    • both.

    If you hold an unrestricted licence, RMS can ask that you participate in one or both of these programs if you lose your licence twice for accumulation of demerit points in a 5 year period. If you are a provisional licence holder, you may be asked to undertak these courses if you lose your licence twice for accumulation of demerit points during the whole provisional period.

    If asked to attend a driver education course or to undertake a driver knowledge test, your licence will remain suspended until you complete the course, test, or both.

    The police can also suspend your licence if:

    • you are caught speeding more than 30km/hr over the speed limit and have a learner or provisional driver's licence
    • you are caught speeding by more than 45 km/hr over the speed limit
    • you are a learner driver without a qualified driver in the passenger seat beside you
    • you commit a serious driving offence, such as drink driving, street racing and burn-out offences.

    For more information, see Licence suspensions​.

    Asking for a review

    If you pay a fine, you can still ask State Debt Recovery (SDR) to review the fine.

    If you paid a fine in full before a penalty reminder notice was served, you can ask for a review up until 60 days after the date the penalty notice was served on you.

    If you paid in full after a penalty reminder notice was served, you can ask for a review up until the due date on the penalty reminder notice.

    Electi​ng (choosing) to go to court

    If you pay a fine, you can still elect (choose) to go to court to challenge the fine.

    If you have paid a fine before you got a penalty reminder notice, you can elect to go to court any time up until 90 days after the date of the penalty notice.

    If you have paid a fine after receiving a penalty reminder notice, you can elect to go to court any time before the due date on the penalty reminder notice.

    If you don't make this decision in time, it may be more difficult to have your matter heard at court. ​