If a fine is not paid, it can be registered with Fines Victoria and a Notice of Final Demand is issued. If you do not deal with your fine by the due date, the fine can be enforced. Once a fine is registered with Fines Victoria, it does not expire and can be enforced at any time.
If you do not take action to resolve your outstanding fine(s), Fines Victoria may apply a driver and/or vehicle sanction against you.
Fines Victoria has power under section 89 of the Fines Reform Act 2014 to apply a sanction on a driver licence or permit and/or vehicle registration, to encourage you to deal with your outstanding fine(s).
The sanctions that can be applied include:
If your driver licence is suspended, you cannot drive any vehicle for the period of the suspension. If your vehicle registration is suspended the vehicle cannot be driven by anyone for the period of the suspension.
Heavy penalties apply for driving unlicenced and for driving an unregistered vehicle.
You have received a ‘Suspension of Driver Licence and/or Vehicle Registration Pending’ letter from Fines Victoria because you have an outstanding fine(s).
You must take immediate action to deal with your outstanding fine(s) or a sanction may be applied to your driver licence and/or vehicle registration.
The options available to deal with your fine(s) are listed on the letter you received. Your options include:
If you did not take action on your fine(s) and your driver licence and/or vehicle registration is suspended, you will receive a letter from VicRoads with the details of your suspension.
You must deal with the fine(s) included in the sanction for the suspension to be lifted. Heavy penalties apply for driving unlicenced and for driving an unregistered vehicle.
You can deal with your fine(s) by:
If you have received a Pre Sanctions Letter or your driver licence or vehicle registration has been suspended and you would like information on the options available to you, contact Fines Victoria on 1300 396 851.
When you call us, you can ask to speak to someone in your preferred language. An introduction to the fines system in Victoria is also available in 15 languages.
If you need legal assistance, visit Federation of Community Legal Centres to find your local community legal centre or visit Legal Aid. For assistance with managing your finances visit Financial Counselling Victoria to find your local financial counsellor.
By law, you must update your address with VicRoads within 14 days of moving.
Fines sent to the address registered with VicRoads are taken to be received by you seven days after the date of the notice – even if you no longer live there and did not receive the fine.
You can update your contact details for both your licence and vehicle registration online at VicRoads.
If you have outstanding fines, are paying off your fines in instalments, have a payment extension or have submitted a review request, you should let us know if you've changed your address or contact details.