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How to transfer or dispute a fine

If you receive a fine and you are not responsible for the offence, you have 28 days from the date of the infringement notice to take action.

To take action, you can either:

Do not pay the fine if you are transferring it to another licence holder or disputing the offence. When transferring or disputing a fine, make sure you keep a copy for your records.

You will not be sent a reminder to pay the fine.

If you don’t take 1 of the above actions within 28 days of the date on the notice, the notice will be sent to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry who may take enforcement action to recover the amount of the fine from you, including any additional fees incurred from the referral.

If a notice is referred to State Penalties Enforcement Registry, any demerit points will be allocated to your traffic record effective from the day the offence was committed.

Transfer the fine to another licence holder

If you were not responsible for the offence, you can transfer the fine to another person by a completed statutory declaration.

Completing the statutory declaration

You need to complete the statutory declaration and include the full name and address of the person in charge of the vehicle at the time. You must have the statutory declaration witnessed by 1 of the following:

Where to send your statutory declaration

For police officer or transport inspector issued infringement notices, you can mail your completed statutory declaration with your infringement notice to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673
FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006

For camera detected offences—speed or red light camera offences—send your completed statutory declaration with your infringement notice to:

Queensland Police Service
Traffic Camera Office
GPO Box 1440
BRISBANE QLD 4001

Dispute the fine in court

A fine where the offence was detected by a traffic camera, police officer or transport inspector can only be disputed in court.

To do this:

You can then scan it and send by email to courtelections@tmr.qld.gov.au or by mail to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673
FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006

When your request is received, a date to appear in court—known as a complaint and summons—will be mailed to your last known address recorded with the department. The summons may take several months to be received.

Before electing to go to court to dispute an infringement notice, please consider the following:

Representing yourself or engaging legal representation

You don’t have to have a lawyer when you go to court. If you want, you can represent yourself in any of Queensland’s courts, or choose to engage legal representation.

If you chose to represent yourself before you go to court, make sure you understand the facts and read any documentation you have which may be relevant to your case. You may have to present this information in a clear and concise way in court.

Presenting your case in court

Plan what you are going to say and decide on any evidence you want to present to support your case well in advance. You will also need to decide whether you are going to call witnesses to support your case. Make copies of any important documents you may be planning to mention or present as evidence in court. The other party in the case or the court may want copies.

Forms and fees

You may need to file legal documents and forms relevant to your case—for example, to summons a witness to attend court—and there may be fees associated with this.

You may need to pay the offender levy

An offender levy is an administrative fee that helps pay for the cost of law enforcement and administration. This levy is applied to any offender (other than a child) sentenced in the Supreme, District or Magistrates court, whether or not a conviction is recorded. The levy ranges depending if the sentence is imposed by the Magistrates, Supreme or District Court.

Find more information about the offender levy.

Other fines

To dispute fines where the offence was not detected by a traffic camera, police officer or transport inspector, you must contact the issuing authority.

For example, local councils issue parking fines. To dispute this type of fine you must contact the local council that issued the fine.

Need to go to court?

Going to court can be a daunting and stressful experience. However, support and assistance is available to help you through the legal process.

Find what you need to know about going to court.

Last updated
15 September 2015

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