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How to prepare your affidavit

Your affidavit should include:

  • your age, marital status and occupation
  • the work you do and how long you have had your job
  • Your average weekly income (after tax) and any extra income received
  • whether you have a family to support, how many children you have and how old they are
  • whether your spouse works and how much they earn per week
  • full details of your work history
  • details of the circumstances which led to the offence(s) which resulted in disqualification
  • the nature of the offence(s) which led to the disqualification
  • your behaviour after the offence(s) and any criminal behaviour since the disqualification
  • whether you need a driver licence to earn a living or get to and from work
  • difficulties experienced because you do not have a licence
  • your attitude towards holding a licence, including a statement, if it is true, that you realise holding a driver licence is a privilege and not a right
  • your statement, if it is true, that you have not driven a motor vehicle in Queensland since you were disqualified from driving
  • your statement, if it is true, that you have not been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence outside Queensland during the last two years
  • your statement, if it is true, that you have a current disqualification from holding or obtaining a driver licence outside Queensland, and
    (a) that you have not driven in Queensland on a licence issued since the disqualification(s), and
    (b) the steps you will take to remove the disqualification(s) before obtaining a licence to drive in Queensland
  • your reasons for needing a driver licence
  • any changes in behaviour or lifestyle which indicate you are less likely to commit further offences and details of any courses or counselling you have undertaken to change your behaviour
  • any other relevant circumstances.

If you need to attach a document to your affidavit (eg your traffic history or criminal history), this document is called an ‘exhibit’. You need to put or attach a certificate of exhibit on the document. A certificate of exhibit is a statement that confirms the document is the true copy of the document referred to in the affidavit. This certificate of exhibit will need to be signed by the Justice of the Peace who witnesses your affidavit. You can download a certificate of exhibit from the Queensland Courts website www.courts.qld.gov.au. See the sample Certificate of exhibit attaching a traffic history in sample forms.

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