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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 Revenue NSW.
When you get an overdue fine, enforcement costs of $65.00 or $25.00 if you are under 18 (as at July 2019) 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 Revenue NSW to pay by instalments, Revenue NSW can take enforcement action against you, including directing Transport for NSW (TfNSW) (formerly
known as Roads and Maritime Services or 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, TfNSW can suspend 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 Revenue NSW accepts your application to pay by instalments, and you have not missed payments on another instalment agreement with Revenue NSW in the past, it may lift any licence restrictions after you make your first instalment payment. You should check with TfNSW before you drive to confirm that the suspension has been lifted. For more information about setting up an instalment plan, contact Revenue NSW.
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