Appeal Drivers License Suspension

In New South Wales, some decisions in respect of licensing and speeding can be appealed whilst other types of decisions cannot be appealed.


RMS and Police decisions can be appealed in the Local Court of New South Wales, they are:


  • A decision by the RMS to suspend your licence for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 or more than 45 kilometres an hour;
  • A decision by the RMS to suspend a P1 or P2 provisional driver’s licence for loss of demerit points; and
  • A decision by the police to suspend your licence (on the spot) for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 kilometres an hour


However the following RMS and Police decisions cannot be appealed to the Local Court of New South Wales;


  • A decision by the RMS to suspend an unrestricted drivers licence for loss of demerit points.
  • A decision by the RMS to suspend your interlock drivers licence.
  • When a driver breaches a on a good behaviour bond licence issued by the RMS.

What If a NSW Police Officer Suspends Your License?

In NSW, a police suspension is when police officer issues a driver with a suspension notice if they have been served with a penalty notice or charged with the offence of exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 kilometres per hour or exceeding the speed limit by 30 kilometres per hour if you are a provisional licence holder.


You can lodge an appeal against the police officer’s decision to issue the suspension notice in the Local Court of NSW. Once your appeal have been lodged and you attend Court, The Court has the power to do the following:


  • Allow the appeal; or
  • Dismiss your appeal; or
  • Make an order the Court considers suitable.

In lodging such an appeal, it is important you are well prepared to present your case to the Magistrate. This may include, writing a letter of apology, obtaining references from work and family and completing the traffic offenders program.

What is the time limit to Lodge an Appeal?

Once you received the Notice of Suspension, as a matter of law, you are required to lodge your appeal to the Local court within 28 days. It is extremely important that you understand the law will assume you received the notice after 4 working days after it was posted to you.


In circumstances where you do not appeal a license suspension within 28 days, the Court in all circumstances will refuse to hear your appeal due to lack of jurisdiction.

RMS license suspension appeal determination?

An RMS licence appeal is also known as a driver license appeal. A driver license appeal is heard in the Local Court of New South Wales. It is important to be prepared before attend court hears your appeal. Usually the closest Local Court to the drivers address is listed as the Court which will determine the drivers license appeal.


During your appeal, the Court will consider a number of factors including and not limited to When you appeal the decision of the RMS to suspend your drivers licence, the court considers many things including whether or not you are a fit and proper person to hold a drivers licence, your traffic record and whether you have a need for a licence. The court can also consider the circumstances of the offences which have caused the suspension however they cannot redetermine your guilt or innocence.

Onus of Proof for License Appeals

In order to be successful in your licence appeal, the Court requires you to show exceptional circumstances justifying a lifting or variation of the suspension. This a broad and difficult test to satisfy. When determining whether exceptional circumstances exist the Court is to will take into account a number of factors including the following;

  • Your need for a licence;
  • Your traffic record;
  • The potential danger to the community;
  • The strength of the police evidence against you;
  • Any other factors that the Court considers to be relevant.

If you have lost your drivers license, you should obtain legal advice from an expert traffic lawyer.

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For the preparation of jury trials and defended hearings, these services can be utilised on behalf of our client to achieve the best result.


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From Broken Hill to Waverly, our criminal lawyers appear in all courts throughout New South Wales.


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