Driver licence disqualification

Driver licence disqualification laws have changed to better protect community safety by reducing unauthorised driving and repeat offending.

If you are a disqualified driver and are caught driving, you could face tougher sanctions, including having your car impounded for up to six months.

If you are complying with your disqualification and have been offence free for a minimum period of two or four years (depending on your case), you may now be eligible to have your disqualification lifted early. To protect community safety, disqualified drivers convicted of driving offences involving death or grievous bodily harm, will never be eligible to have their disqualifications lifted early.

Drivers who are successful in having their disqualification lifted will still need to apply to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and complete standard road safety and knowledge tests to get their licence back.

You can take advantage of the driver disqualification laws now by applying to the Local Court to have your disqualification lifted.

If you have fines debt that hasn’t been dealt with, you may also have licence or vehicle sanctions in place such as licence or registration suspension. Sanctions will not be removed by the court process. You will need to contact Revenue NSW to discuss options to clear your debt.

You can find out more about these reforms on the NSW Justice website.

For more information about who is eligible to have their disqualification lifted and how to apply you can:

Paying your fines debt

Managing your fines is an important step towards getting your licence back.

We can help you manage your fines debt. You have options, such as making a full payment, entering into an interest-free payment plan or using Centrepay.

We can help you:

  • Set up a payment plan over the phone in about 10 minutes
  • Arrange a direct debit from your bank account to make sure you don’t miss a payment
  • Work off your fines through our Work and Development Order (WDO) program.

You can find out more about managing your overdue fines.

To check if you have overdue fines, to make a payment, or to set up a payment plan log in to myEnforcement Order (you will need an Overdue Fine or Enforcement Order number) or contact us.

Contact

Phone
1300 655 805
7.30am - 8.00pm Monday to Friday
For international callers: +61 2 6354 7000
Online
Mail
Revenue NSW
PO Box A2571
Sydney South NSW 1235

Further information

For more information about the fines process relating to this initiative contact the Revenue NSW advocacy hotline.

Last updated: 30 October 2017