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How to pay a fine

You may get a fine for breaking the Queensland road rules. A fine is also known as an infringement notice. You have 28 days from the issue date shown on the fine to pay it in full or organise a payment plan.

Paying in full

You can pay your fine online, in person or by post.

Online

Pay online with your Visa or MasterCard. Credit card payments will incur a surcharge.

You will need the payment reference number that you can find printed at the top of the fine.

Handwritten fines that are manually issued cannot be paid online straight away—you need to wait until details of the fine have been recorded on your traffic history that may take 7–21 days.

A handwritten fine that has been issued in the name of an organisation cannot be paid online—this type of fine can only be paid in person or by post.

In person

Take your fine and visit any Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, Australia Post office, or Queensland Government Agent Program office to pay it.

You can pay by cash or card. Credit card payments will incur a surcharge.

Payment of a fine after the due date will not be accepted.

Note: Australia Post does not accept payment for a handwritten fine.

By post

Do not send cash.

Post your fine and a cheque or money order to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Make your cheque or money order payable to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

You must ensure that payment is received within 28 days from the date of issue shown on the notice.

Set up a payment plan

If your fine amount is $200 or more, you can choose to pay it off over time as part of a payment plan—by making multiple smaller payments. You can submit your fine and make your first payment in person or by mail. The State Penalties Enforcement Registry will then send you a letter telling you when your next payments are due.
To set up a payment plan you need to:

  • fill out the payment options section on the back of your fine (select ‘voluntary instalment plan’ as your choice)
  • make a first payment of at least $60 within 28 days from the date of issue shown on the notice

In person

Visit any Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, Australia Post office, or Queensland Government Agent Program office to submit your fine and make your first payment of at least $60 by cash or card. Credit card payments will incur a surcharge.

You must take your fine (with the completed payment options section) along with you.

Please note:  Australia Post does not accept payment for a handwritten fine.

By post

Do not send cash.

Make your cheque or money order payable to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Complete the voluntary instalment plan option section on the notice and post your fine and cheque or money order for at least $60 to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673
Fortitude Valley  QLD  4006

You must ensure that payment is received within 28 days from the date of issue shown on the notice.

Overdue fines

You are not sent a reminder to pay the fine.

If you don’t take action 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.

Learn about paying overdue fines.

Have a fine you don’t agree with?

Find out how you can transfer your fine to another driver or dispute the fine.

Last updated
31 March 2014

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