Demerit points

If you commit a traffic offence you may incur demerit points against your driver's licence. Demerit points are incurred whether the offence is committed in South Australia or interstate. 

Demerit points remain on your licence record for three years from the date of the offence. 

Losing your licence for demerit points 

Many people believe that drivers start with a set number of points and lose them if they commit an offence. In fact, you accrue demerit points. The number of demerit points incurred depends on the offence and how likely it is to cause a crash.

Demerit point brochure 934.9 KB has a full list of offences and the points they incur.

Learner's permit and provisional licence

If you accrue four or more demerit points on your learner's permit or provisional licence you will be disqualified from driving for 6 months. 

Full licence

If you accumulate 12 or more demerit points you will be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence or permit. Each three year period is calculated based on the dates the offences were committed.

If you accumulate:

  • 12 to 15 points you lose your right to drive for three months
  • 16 to 20 points you lose your right to drive for four months
  • more than 20 points you lose your right to drive for five months.

If you are disqualified from driving as a result of accumulating demerit points, the disqualification starts 28 days after a formal notice is sent to you, providing you formally acknowledge receipt of the notice within this time frame. 

If you are already disqualified, any new demerit point disqualification will start immediately after the existing disqualification ends.

Drivers who are disqualified from driving for accruing too many demerit points may be eligible to enter into a good behaviour or safer driver agreement.

Demerits warning notice

If you accrue six or more demerit points, you will receive a notice warning that you are close to being disqualified from driving (unless you have an interstate address).

The warning notice shows:

  • offence details
  • the date each offence was committed
  • the number of demerit points for each offence.

Related information

On this site

Check demerit points
Check your driving history
Disqualification from driving
Paying a fine

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Page last updated: 27 March 2015