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 1 July 2014.

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 $3,300 $5,500
Maximum gaol term 18 months 2 years
Minimum disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order 12 months 2 years

Driving whilst cancelled or suspended under the Fines Act 1996

Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Maximum court-imposed fine $3,300 $,5500
Maximum gaol term 18 months 2 years
Minimum disqualification 3 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order 3 months 2 years

Never licensed

Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Penalty Notice $796 Not applicable
Maximum court-imposed fine $2,200 $3,300
Maximum gaol term Not applicable 18 months
Mandatory disqualification and without any specific court order Court decision 3 years

Other offences

Offence Penalty First offence Second or subsequent offence
Not appropriate licence class - Class of vehicle driven falling in class C, R, LR or MR Penalty Notice $519 $796
Not appropriate licence class - Class of vehicle driven falling in class HR, HC, or MC Penalty Notice $623 $1,245
Driver held licence in other State or Territory but lived in NSW for 3 months Penalty Notice $519 $796
Driver held a licence that had expired less than 2 years before Penalty Notice $519 $796
Driver held a licence that had expired 2 years or more before Penalty Notice $623 $1,245
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
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