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If you drive a motor vehicle in Queensland while your driver licence is suspended, you will be dealt with by the Court on the basis that you have been driving unlicensed. Sometimes, your licence may be suspended by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry for non payment of fines imposed by the Court. It is also possible that your driver licence has been suspended because of accumulation of demerit points or you have been convicted of driving 40 kilometres an hour over the speed limit.
At all times, the authorities will attempt to make contact with you to provide you with notice that your driver licence has been suspended. If you have changed address and not notified the relevant authorities, it is possible that you may not have received that notice but that will have no impact on your liability for the commission of the offence.
The minimum disqualification period for the offence of driving unlicensed is one (1) month.
If after being disqualified by the Court from holding or obtaining a driver licence, you are apprehended driving, you will be dealt with by the Court for disqualified driving. If you drive a motor vehicle in Queensland whilst disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence, you will disqualified for a further period of at least two (2) years and up to a maximum of five (5) years. You may also receive a fine of up to $6,600 or be imprisoned for a period of up to eighteen (18) months. Disqualified driving is viewed very seriously by the Courts as it generally means that you have already appeared for the Court once having been charged with another offence and disqualified as a result of the punishment imposed by committing that offence.