Vehicle Registration 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 vehicle registration may be suspended.

This page contains information about:

When can this sanction be imposed?

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

What is the vehicle registration suspension sanction?

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

Before this sanction is imposed on your vehicle, 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 vehicle registration will not be suspended
  • If you do not clear your infringement warrant, this sanction may be applied and your vehicle registration will be suspended. You will be advised in writing by VicRoads if this happens. If your vehicle registration is suspended, no-one can lawfully drive your vehicle until its registration is no longer suspended.

It is an offence to use an unregistered motor vehicle or trailer on public roads or to own an unregistered motor vehicle or trailer that is used by anyone on public roads. To use a motor vehicle or trailer is to drive it, tow it or leave it parked on a public road, footpath, driveway or car park. The maximum penalty for a first offence for an individual is 25 penalty units or $3792*.

* As at July 2015  

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How to avoid your vehicle registration being suspended

The best way to avoid this sanction being imposed on your vehicle 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.

Note:

  • The vehicle registration 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 vehicle registration while the Infringements Court is processing any application for a payment order or revocation.

 

For more information on the vehicle registration suspension sanction or other sanctions, please 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. 

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