Immediate disqualifications for non-Victorian driver licence and/or learner permit holders or unlicensed drivers

Learn more about immediate disqualifications.

In certain circumstances, a person who holds a non-Victorian licence or permit or is unlicensed to drive and who is charged with a relevant offence*, may be immediately disqualified from obtaining a driver licence or learner permit in Victoria.

From 1 March 2022, there will be new immediate disqualification laws for drink and/or drug driving offences, excessive speeding offences and serious motor vehicle offences where a motor vehicle is used as a weapon in the commission of the offence.

The disqualification takes effect immediately and will last until:

  • the charge is determined by a Court, or
  • a disqualification associated with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) commences, or
  • the charge is withdrawn by a Court, or
  • the disqualification is revoked on appeal

*Some of the offences that can lead to an immediate disqualification include:

  • Drink and/or drug-driving offences; driving under the influence of alcohol, or alcohol and drugs, refusing to undertake a breath/drug test, or repeat offences
  • Dangerous driving or excessive speeding (driving 45 km/h or more over the speed limit or 145 km/h or more in a 110 km/h zone)
  • Serious motor vehicle offences where a motor vehicle is used as a weapon in the commission of the offence and it resulted in death or injury
  • Any disqualification period served may be taken into consideration and may be deducted from any period of disqualification or cancellation imposed by the Court.

A person may apply to the Magistrates' Court to appeal against the decision to disqualify them from obtaining a driver licence or learner permit in Victoria. On appeal, the Court can order that the notice of disqualification be revoked or confirmed.

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