Driver Licence Suspension

If you do not pay your fine and you ignore all reminders, the matter becomes more serious and costly. The Infringements Court may issue an infringement warrant, giving the Sheriff power to enforce that warrant.


If you do not pay an infringement notice and you ignore all the reminders, your driver licence may be suspended. 

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When can this sanction be imposed?

 The Sheriff can impose this sanction against you if you have an outstanding fine which has led to the issuing of an infringement warrant.


What is the driver licence suspension sanction?

The driver licence suspension sanction authorises the Sheriff to direct VicRoads to suspend your driver licence (for further information see NOITS).

Before this sanction is imposed on you, you will be served with a notice giving you seven days to clear your infringement warrant.

  • If you clear your outstanding infringement warrant within seven days, the sanction will not be applied and your driver licence will not be suspended
  • If you do not clear your infringement warrant within seven days, this sanction may be applied and your driver licence will be suspended. You will be advised in writing by VicRoads if this happens. If your driver licence is suspended, you cannot lawfully drive a vehicle until the suspension is lifted.

Is it an offence to drive while your licence is suspended under this sanction. The maximum penalty for a first offence for an individual is 10 penalty units or $1586*.

* As at July 2017

How to avoid your driver licence being suspended

The best way to avoid this sanction being imposed on you is to clear your infringement warrant.

To clear your infringement warrant you must pay the amount in full, obtain a payment order, or obtain revocation (cancellation) of the enforcement order which triggered the infringement warrant. Please note that the Infringements Court will only grant payment orders and revocations in certain circumstances.


  • The driver licence suspension sanction will only be lifted after you have paid in full or been granted a payment order or revocation. The sanction continues against your driver licence while the Infringements Court is processing any application for a payment order or revocation.


For more information on the driver licence suspension sanction or other sanctions, visit the If You Don't Take Action FAQs page or contact Civic Compliance Victoria® on (03) 9200 8222 or 1300 369 819 (country callers) between 8am and 9pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.