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This topic has information about your options for dealing with a fine or penalty notice, including how to pay the fine, what to do if you disagree with it, what happens if you decided to go to court and what you can do if your drivers licence is suspended. For more information about how this topic can help you, see:
This topic only deals with fines that have been issued in New South Wales.
A fine is a monetary penalty for breaking a law. For example, speeding, littering, or parking. A fine is sometimes also called a penalty notice, infringement notice, on the spot fine, ticket, Criminal Infringement Notice (CIN).
If you travel on a toll road and do not pay the toll, you will get a toll notice. This is not the same as a fine.
This section covers:
For more information see Types of fines.
Sometimes you may get a 'fine' from a private organisation, for example, a private car park.
For more information, see Private 'fines'.
For more information, see Have you got a fine?
This section doesn't deal with fines that have been given to you by a court. If you have been fined by a court, see After court.
If you don't believe that you broke the law, you can plead not guilty and defend the case against you.
If you want to explain that there is a good reason why you broke the law. You can plead guilty, and ask the court for a smaller fine or no fine.
For more information, see Going to court.
For more information, see After court.
Fines can affect your driver's licence in many different ways.
For more information, see Licence suspensions.
There are flowcharts that show you an overview of the different steps you might take when dealing with a fine.
For more information, see Flowcharts.
This section shows you what a typical courtroom looks like, who the different people are in the court, and where you should sit when you go to the Local Court.
For more information, see Who's who in court.
This section lists the forms and documents you may need. It also has instructions and sample forms as well as sample letters and character references.
For more information, see Forms - Fines.
The information in this topic was last updated: March 2015.