You can have your licence suspended if you exceed the demerit points limit or commit a traffic offence such as:
- driving under the influence (DUI)
- street racing
- aggravated burnouts
- driving without supervision (learner licence holders).
In certain instances your licence can also be suspended for not paying an outstanding penalty notice or a court imposed fine.
Police can suspend your licence on the spot, or you may get a Notice of Suspension from Roads and Maritime Services. This could happen as a result of camera-detected offences or exceeding your demerit points threshold. The notice will tell you when the suspension starts and how long it will last.
You don't need to reapply for your licence at the end of the suspension period, provided it hasn't expired.
Note: Disqualification of your licence is different to suspension. Disqualification is imposed by the court, and you need to reapply for a driver licence at the end of the disqualification period.
Appealing the suspension
Depending on the circumstances you may be able to appeal the suspension, or request a review of the penalty. You must file your appeal within 28 days of the date you were suspended.
When can you drive again
The notice of suspension you receive will confirm when you can legally drive again. The date may change if any of the following apply:
- you successfully appeal the suspension
- you defend the offence in court and are found not guilty, or
- you go to court and are found guilty, but no conviction is recorded.
If you drive while you're suspended there are severe penalties including:
- licence disqualification
- large fines