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Can I apply to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to remove the disqualification

If you were absolutely disqualified from driving before 13 March 2002 for unlicensed 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.

For 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.

What steps do I take if I am eligible?

Step 1.

Complete a Removal of Absolute Disqualification for Unlicensed Driving Application form (QF 4252).

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.

Once you have filled out the form, you must 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 might take into account:

  • 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 a particular date
  • 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 one year before either re-applying to the department or court to remove the disqualification.

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