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On-the-spot fines and infringement notices

If police or another authorised person fines you, they will send you an infringement notice. Police can also issue on-the-spot fines to people aged over 18 for common offences.

On-the-spot fines for common offences

Police can issue on-the-spot fines to people aged over 18 for common offences such as:

Infringement notices

If police or another authorised person fines you, they will send you an infringement notice that tells you:

  • what law they say you have broken
  • how much you have to pay
  • when you have to pay the fine.

You usually have 21 days to take action. Make sure you check the date your payment is due. If you do not pay the fine or take other action by this date, it may end up costing you more money. See Options for dealing with fines.

Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.

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Reviewed 02 March 2022

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