Driver licence suspension by SPER
Your driver licence will be suspended if you ignore an enforcement order from the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER).
We can suspend your driver licence for any type of debt, not just those related to vehicle offences.
If your licence is suspended
It is an offence to drive a vehicle if your licence is suspended. You may be penalised or disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence for a period of 6 months if you do.
We will send a notice of intention to suspend your driver licence to your last known address. You will have 14 days to act before we suspend your licence.
Not updating your address is not a valid excuse. If you are stopped by the police while driving on a suspended licence, you will be charged.
The suspension means you can't drive on any of the following licences:
- a Queensland driver licence (for any type of vehicle or vessel)
- a restricted licence (e.g. work licence) granted by a court
- an interstate driver licence, if you have previously held a Queensland driver licence.
Getting your licence back
You must pay the total amount you owe before we lift our suspension on your licence.
The quickest way to pay is online. If you can't pay online, you can use another payment method.
If you can't pay the full amount, you may be eligible to:
- pay by instalments
- complete a work and development order.
Once you pay, we'll lift our suspension and give you confirmation. This is the quickest way to stop or prevent enforcement action.
It usually takes about 5 minutes for our suspension on your licence to be lifted after you have paid in full or set up a payment plan.
Check your licence status before you start driving again. You must be sure no other suspension or court disqualification exists against your licence before you drive.
Talk to your insurer about what having your licence suspended by us means for your vehicle insurance policy.
Read section 108 of the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 for more information about the effect on insurance.