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What if I was disqualified from driving before 13 March 2002?

If you were absolutely disqualified from driving before 13 March 2002 for unlicensed driving (this includes disqualified driving), you may apply to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to remove the disqualification. This is instead of applying to the court.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply to the department to have the absolute disqualification removed if:

  • you were disqualified absolutely from holding or obtaining a driver licence for the offence of unlicensed or disqualified driving before 13 March 2002
  • when you were disqualified, you were not convicted and disqualified absolutely for any other offence at the same time
  • you have not applied to the court or department to remove the disqualification in the last 12 months.

If you were absolutely disqualified from driving on or after 13 March 2002, or if you do not meet any of the other requirements, you are not eligible to apply to the department to remove the disqualification. However, you may apply to the court to remove your absolute disqualification.

Example

Jane Doe was caught driving without a driver licence on 1 January 2002. She was not charged with any other offence at the same time. Jane now wants to have the disqualification removed. She is eligible to apply to the department to have the disqualification removed.

How to apply to the Department of Transport and Main Roads?

Step 1. Fill out an application form

Fill out a Removal of Absolute Disqualification for Unlicensed Driving Application form (F4252). This form is available on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website www.tmr.qld.gov.au or at any of the department’s customer service centres.

Step 2. Send your application form

Once you have filled out the form, send it to:

Charleville Customer Service Centre
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 240
Charleville Qld 4470

Make sure to keep a photocopy of the completed form for your records.

What happens next?

The department will consider your application. When looking at removing the disqualification, the department may consider:

  • whether you gained any demerit points in the two years immediately before you applied
  • whether you have been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence anywhere else in Australia since your Queensland licence disqualification.

The department may decide to:

  • remove the disqualification from the court date
  • remove the disqualification from a nominated date in the future
  • refuse to remove the disqualification.

The department will write to you with their decision within 30 days from when you applied. The department will give reasons if your application is refused.

What if the department refuses to remove the disqualification?

In this case, you must wait at least 12 months before re-applying to the department or court to remove the disqualification.

If you are applying to remove your disqualification at the Department of Transport and Main Roads, you do not need to read about the District or Supreme Court process. For information about how to apply for a driver licence, see Getting back on the road.

Last updated 21 April 2021

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