Unlicensed driving

There are heavy penalties for driving without a licence, or driving a type of vehicle that your licence doesn't authorise you to drive. It is your responsibility to renew your licence by the due date.

Effective 28 October 2017.

Driving whilst disqualified, cancelled, suspended or refused

Note: Excludes suspension or cancellation under the Fines Act 1996.

Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Maximum court-imposed fine $3300 $5500
Maximum prison term 6 months 12 months
Minimum disqualification 3 months 6 months
Default period of disqualification 6 months 12 months

Driving with a cancelled or suspended licence under the Fines Act 1996

Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Maximum court-imposed fine $3300 $5500
Minimum disqualification 1 month 3 months
Default period of disqualification 3 months 12 months

Never licensed

Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Penalty Notice $796 Not applicable
Maximum court-imposed fine $2200 $3300
Maximum prison term Not applicable 6 months
Minimum disqualification Not applicable 3 months
Default period of disqualification Not applicable 12 months

Other offences

Offence Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Not appropriate licence class - Class of vehicle driven: C, R, LR or MR Penalty Notice $519 $796
Not appropriate licence class - Class of vehicle driven: HR, HC, or MC Penalty Notice $623 $1245
Driver held licence in other State or Territory but lived in NSW for 3 months or longer Penalty Notice $519 $796
Driver held a licence that had expired less than two years before Penalty Notice $519 $796
Driver held a licence that had expired two years or more before Penalty Notice $623 $1245
Holder of a provisional rider licence drives a motorcycle with engine capacity greater than 660 ml or a power to weight ratio greater than 150 kilowatts per tonne Penalty Notice $519 $796

A court can decide to make a disqualification period shorter or longer but it cannot be shorter than the minimum period specified for certain offences.

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