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Unpaid fines - Licence suspensions

This section covers:

    ​Whe​​n will your licence be suspended for unpaid fines?

    When you receive a fine, you will usually have 21 days to pay.

    If you don't pay you will be sent a penalty reminder notice, which gives you another 28 days to pay the fine.

    If you still don't pay the fine, you will get an overdue fine from State Debt Recovery (SDR).

    When you get an overdue fine, enforcement costs of $65.00 or $25.00 if you are under 18 (as at July 2015) are added to the total amount payable. The time you have to pay the overdue fine is:

    • 21 days from the day you receive it, if it is served on you in person
    • 28 days from the date of the overdue fine, if it is served on you by post.

    If you do not pay the full amount by the due date, or make arrangements with the SDR to pay by instalments, SDR can take enforcement action against you, including directing Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to:

    • suspend your driver's licence
    • cancel any motor vehicle registration in your name.

    For more information see What if I do nothing?

    What if your licence is from another state or territory?

    If you have a licence from another state or territory in Australia, you can drive in NSW as a visiting driver. If you have two or more unpaid traffic or parking fines in NSW, RMS can withdraw your driving privileges. This means that you cannot drive in NSW.

    Getting the suspension lifted

    If your licence is suspended or your registration is cancelled, you will usually have to pay the full amount that you owe to get your licence or car registration back.

    If you cannot pay the full amount, you can make an application to pay your fine(s) by instalments.  For more information see Paying the fine.

    If SDR accepts your application to pay by instalments, and you have not missed payments on another instalment agreement with SDR in the past, it may lift any licence restrictions after you make your first instalment payment. You should check with RMS before you drive to confirm that the suspension has been lifted.

    Once you make six instalment payments, SDR must direct RMS to stop the enforcement action against you. This means you will be able to drive again.

    If you urgently need your licence, SDR may direct RMS to give you your licence back before you have made the full six instalment payments if:

    • someone's health or safety depends on you being allowed to drive
    • you need to drive for medical reasons
    • you need to drive for your job
    • you live in an indigenous community, or 
    • you live in a remote location.

    If your visiting privileges are suspended, you may be able to get your driving privileges back by:

    • paying the fines in full
    • appealing the conviction or sentence (if the fine relates to a court order) and applying to RMS to have the suspension lifted, or 
    • applying for an annulment order (if the fine relates to a penalty notice) and applying to RMS to have the suspension lifted.

    For more information about applying for an annulment order, see Responding to an overdue fine.

    Alert Icon There are serious penalties for driving while suspended, including driver's licence disqualification, large fines and imprisonment. There are al​so large fines for driving an unregistered vehicle. If your licence or registration has been suspended or cancelled and you are caught driving, you should get legal advice.

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