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Licence suspensions - Frequently Asked Questions​


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1. I'm on green p-plates and I've got more than seven demerit points.​​​ I just received a Notice of Suspension from RMS saying that my licence will be suspended for three months starting next month. Is there anything I can do to keep my licence?

Yes. If you hold a learner licence or provisional licence and it is suspended because you get too many demerit points, it is possible to appeal to the Local Court against that suspension. It will help your case if you can show the court that you are of good character, have a good driving record and that you need your licence for family or work reasons and you would face problems (suffer hardship) without your licence.

For more information, see Appealing the suspension - Step by step guide.

You must file your appeal within 28 days of receiving the Notice of Suspension. If you do not file your appeal within 28 days, even if the court accepts your application, the magistrate will not be able to hear your case.


2. I was stopped by the police for doing 146km/h in a 100km/h zone.​​ My licence was suspended on the spot. I need my licence for work. Can I get a work licence?

In New South Wales there is no such thing as a 'work licence'. However, if you have had your licence suspended for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h or 45 km/h, it is possible to appeal to the Local Court against the licence suspension. It will help your case if you can show the court that you are of good character, have a good driving record and that you need your licence for family or work reasons and you would suffer hardship without your licence.

For more information, see Appealing the suspension - Step by step guide.

Alert Icon You must file your appeal within 28 days of receiving the Notice of Suspension. If you do not file your appeal within 28 days, even if the court accepts your application, the magistrate will not be able to hear your case.

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3. I drive for work and my ​​​licence has been suspended because I have too many demerit points. Can I get a work licence?

In New South Wales there is no such thing as a 'work licence'. However, if you are a professional driver (for example you drive a taxi, bus, truck or are a courier) and you get 13 demerit points, you may be able to have the suspension of your licence withdrawn if you apply to RMS to be recognised as a professional driver.

For more information about professional driver's licences, see Demerit points - Licence suspensions.


4. I received a Notice of Suspension of Driver's Licence one month ago.​ My friend told me I can appeal it. Is this true?

Whether you can appeal will depend on the type of licence you have and the reason your licence was suspended. If you have a full licence and you have received 13 or more demerit points you cannot appeal the suspension. In all other situations when your licence is suspended by RMS or the police, it is possible to appeal to the Local Court to try to keep your licence. In some cases, a magistrate may cancel the suspension completely or reduce the suspension period.

Alert Icon You must file your appeal within 28 days of receiving the Notice of Suspension. If you do not file your appeal within 28 days, even if the court accepts your application, the magistrate will not be able to hear your case.

For more information, see Appealing the suspension - Step by step guide.

If you cannot appeal the suspension, you may still have a number of options.

If you have a full licence and it is suspended because you get 13 or more demerit points, it is possible to apply to RMS for a good behaviour period to apply to your licence. A good behaviour period runs for 12 months. You can continue to drive as long as you do not get two or more demerit points during the 12 month good behaviour period. If you do get two or more demerits during the good behaviour period, your licence will be suspended for twice the original suspension period.

For more information, go to 'Apply for good behaviour on a suspended licence' at the Service NSW website or contact RMS.

Alternatively, if you are a professional driver (for example you drive a taxi, bus, truck or are a courier) and you get 13 demerit points, you may be able to have the suspension of your licence withdrawn if you apply to RMS to be recognised as a professional driver.

For more information about good behaviour and professional driver's licences, see Demerit points - Licence suspensions.

Alert Icon A good behaviour election must be made before the suspension begins.


5. I have my full licence but ​I have lost a few points over the years for speeding. I just got another fine and some more demerit points. I have worked out that I might now have more than 13 demerit points. Will I lose my licence?

If you have a full licence and you get 13 or more demerit points, your licence will be suspended. The length of time your licence is suspended depends on how many demerit points you get.

If you get 13 to 15 demerit points your licence will be suspended for three months. If you get 16 to 19 demerit points your licence will be suspended for four months. If you get 20 or more demerit points your licence will be suspended for five months.

If you have a full licence and it is suspended because you get 13 or more demerit points, you cannot appeal to the Local Court against the suspension. However, it is possible to apply to RMS for a good behaviour period to apply to your licence. A good behaviour period runs for 12 months. You can continue to drive as long as you do not get two or more demerit points during the 12-month good behaviour period. If you do get two or more demerits during the good behaviour period, your licence will be suspended for twice the original suspension period.

For more information, go to 'Apply for good behaviour on a suspended licence' at the Service NSW website or contact RMS.

Alternatively, if you are a professional driver (for example you drive a taxi, bus, truck or are a courier) and you get 13 demerit points, you may be able to have the suspension of your licence withdrawn if you apply to RMS to be recognised as a professional driver.

For more information about good behaviour and professional driver's licences, see Demerit points - Licence suspensions.


6. I have been on a good ​​behaviour licence for 10 months. I was stopped by the police the other day and fined for going through a red light. I'm going to get three demerit points and breach my good behaviour period. Is there anything I can do?

If you get more than two demerit points during your good behaviour period you will be in breach of the terms of your good behaviour licence. Your licence may be suspended for twice the original suspension period.

You will get the points either when you pay the fine or when State Debt Recovery (SDR) issues an overdue fine, whichever is first.

You can elect to go to court if you don't think you are guilty of the offence, and if you win you won't get any demerit points. You can also elect to go to court if you think you have an explanation for why you committed the offence. If the magistrate accepts your explanation, you might be found guilty but not convicted of the offence (known as a 'section 10 dismissal'). If you get a section 10 dismissal, you won't get any demerit points.

If you get the points and your licence is suspended, there is no right of appeal against this suspension. If you file an appeal with the court, even if the court registry accepts your application, the magistrate will have no power to hear your case. ​