If you want to have an overdue fine heard in court, you will need to:
- prove that you were prevented from paying or managing your fine before the due date (this is called hindrance)
- show that you took action to manage your fine within a reasonable time frame, once the circumstances preventing you from paying your fine were resolved
- supply supporting evidence, such as medical or travel documents.
Note: Your application will be delayed if your hindrance reason is not provided.
You must be:
- the person named on the fine notice, or the vehicle owner if there's no name on the notice, or
- the authorised representative of the person named on the notice.
What you need
- the fine notice number
- your driver licence number
- your email address, phone number and date of birth
- your residential address (PO boxes are not accepted) to post your Court Attendance Notice (CAN)
- your hindrance reason
- copies of your supporting evidence, such as medical or travel documents.
If you're unable to apply online, you'll need the:
- PDF form – Request to Have a Fine Decided in Court – Individual, or
- PDF form – Request to Have a Fine Decided in Court – Organisation (if applying as a company).
How to apply
- Check the eligibility requirements.
- Gather your supporting documents.
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Follow the prompts to complete and submit your application.
- Send your supporting documents via post to:
PO Box 786
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Note: If you're unable to apply online, you can either:
- Complete the:
- Request to Have a Fine Decided in Court Form – Individual – PDF, or
- Request to Have a Fine Decided in Court Form – Organisation – PDF (if you're applying as a company).
- Put a request in writing and send it by post.
- Any demerit points from the fine will remain until your court election is approved.
- Your application may take up to 6 weeks to assess from the date you submit it. Your fine will be placed on hold while your application is being assessed.
- Once you've received your CAN, it's too late to withdraw from attending court. If you've changed your mind, contact the court listed in your CAN and ask them about your options.
- In preparation for your court date, you may wish to review the court process, or get free legal information and referral services from LawAccess NSW.
Last updated: 2 March 2023