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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:
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:
For more information see
What if I do nothing?
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.
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:
If your visiting privileges are suspended, you may be able to get your driving
privileges back by:
For more information about applying for an annulment order, see
Responding to an overdue fine.
There are serious penalties for driving while suspended, including driver's licence disqualification, large fines and imprisonment. There are also 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