Unlicensed driving

It is a traffic offence in Queensland to drive a motor vehicle without a driver licence.

Various offences cover the circumstances in which a person may be unlicensed, such as driving with an old or expired licence, losing a licence due to demerit points or unpaid State Penalties Enforcement Registry debts, or never getting a licence in the first place.

Disqualified driving is the most serious form of unlicensed driving and it refers to knowingly driving after their licence has been disqualified by a court order.

This offence is treated seriously because it’s seen as deliberately disobeying a court order.

It carries a mandatory minimum driver license disqualification and two years of imprisonment.

The penalties for unlicensed driving depend on factors such as:

  • your reason for driving
  • your prior traffic record
  • whether or not you were aware you were unlicensed.

Often, mandatory periods of driver license disqualification apply.

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