It is an offence to drive while disqualified in NSW. If you are charged with drive while disqualified it is dealt with in court and a further disqualification can also be added to your current period.
The following penalties apply if convicted of drive while disqualified:
|Maximum Prison||Maximum Fine||Auto Disqualification||Min. Disqualification||Max. Disqualification|
|First Offence||6 months||$3,300.00||6 months||3 months||6 months|
|Second/ Subsequent Offence||12 months||$5,500.00||12 months||6 months||No Limit|
What is the difference between a disqualified licence and suspension?
Your licence can be suspended by the Police or the Roads and Maritime Service (‘RMS’). This means that you are not entitled to be on the road for the period of your suspension but your licence is still valid.
Your licence can be disqualified by a Magistrate or Judge which prevents the holder from driving for the period of the disqualification and also cancels the licence. Often a disqualified person will be required to hand in their disqualified licence to the court after sentence is passed.
Once your disqualification period has ended your licence is still cancelled and you cannot drive with that same card. You must go to the RMS or Service NSW and apply to have a new licence reissued to you.
Sometimes the RMS may require you to do additional testing so you can have your licence reinstated.