Unlicensed driving

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Unlicensed driving

If you are charged with an offence of ‘unlicensed driving’ it means that police allege that you drove a car without having a licence or permit that says you are allowed to drive.

You could also be charged with unlicensed driving if you drive using an interstate licence and you have been living in Victoria for longer than three months.

It is also against the law to allow an unlicensed driver to drive if they do not have a licence. 

Going to court for an unlicensed driving offence

For more information about how to prepare for the court hearing see Going to court for traffic offences.

Whether you are guilty depends on the exact facts and circumstances of your case. Look at the ‘Details of the charge’ in your charge sheet to see what the police officer wrote about your offence. The magistrate refers to this in the courtroom.

The magistrate can suspend your licence even if they believe that you did not know about the suspension and find you not guilty. They can order you to serve the original licence suspension that you did not know about.

Penalties if you are found guilty


The magistrate may give you a fine. You can get up to ten penalty units for a first offence.

Losing your licence

The magistrate may make an order that stops you from applying for a licence or permit again for a certain amount of time.

You can also get a disqualification notice from VicRoads if you get too many demerit points and you are not licensed.


The magistrate can choose to send you to jail instead of giving you a fine. You can get up to one month for a first offence.

Other penalties

The magistrate may also:

What else might happen if I am found guilty?

What happens in court goes on your criminal record.

See Possible outcomes for traffic offences for more information about penalties and other outcomes.

Get help

Find out how you can get help with traffic offences.

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