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Instructions for preparing a character reference for a RMS Licence Appeal​​​

Icon - sample/instructionsThese instructions are to help you prepare a character reference for a RMS licence appeal. They are not legal advice.​

For a sample, see Sample character reference for a RMS Licence Appeal.​

If you need more help, call LawAccess NSW.

Who can give you a character reference?

Character references are letters written by people who know you and who can write about your good character. These people (referees) should have a good reputation and should not have a criminal record.

A referee may be:

  • a neighbour
  • your employer or a work colleague
  • your doctor
  • a teacher
  • a family friend
  • a member of a club or organisation that you belong to, for example a local sporting club, community group or a church or other religious organisation.

You should avoid asking people under the age of 18 to prepare a character reference.

You should be willing to tell your referee about the offence. This is because it is important that the referee say that they are aware of the offence, but are still happy to describe you as someone of 'good character.'

Hint icon If you are asking a person to prepare a character reference for you, you can print off these instructions and give it to them to help them complete your reference.

Preparing a character reference

Character references should:

  • be on a white A4 piece of a paper
  • be neatly written or typed
  • be dated
  • have the referees name and address on the right hand side
  • be addressed "To the Presiding Magistrate"
  • be signed with the name of the person printed underneath.

What the referee should include in a character reference

The referee should include each of the following points:

  • their name and occupation
  • that they are aware that you are appearing in court to appeal the suspension of your driver's licence
  • that they are aware of the offence(s) that led to the suspension of your driver's licence
  • how long they have known you
  • how they know you, for example, employer, workmate, priest, teacher, team member, family friend, flat mate
  • their opinion of your character.

What the referee should not include in a character reference

The reference should not include the following:

  • the referee's opinion about the appropriate penalty
  • any irrelevant information
  • a statement that the offence is 'out of character' if you have committed other offences in the past
  • any statement that the referee knows is false, or does not agree with.

Hint icon You should take the original letter and three copies to court. The original will be kept by the court. You will need to give one copy to the prosecutor, keep one for your records and have a spare.