Driving offences and penalties

Check demerit points

If you commit a traffic offence you may incur demerit points.

You don’t lose demerit points, you acquire them. All drivers start with zero points. Points are accrued after an offence.

Demerit points expire three years after the date of the offence. For example, if an offence was committed on 18 May 2015 those points would expire on the 18 May 2018.

The demerit point brochure (80.8 KB PDF) has a full list of offences and the points they carry.

If you have a mySA GOV account, you can check your demerit points online at no cost.

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Who is this for

People who want to check demerit points recorded against their licence.

What you need

A mySA GOV account.

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As demerit points are your own personal information, you need a mySA GOV account to check demerit points online. A mySA GOV account lets you access a range of transactions that require extra security.

Important information

For a camera offence, demerit points are allocated to the registered operator of the vehicle. You can nominate another driver if you were not driving the vehicle at the time an offence is detected. Demerit points will not be recorded against a driver until the expiation is paid. Find out more about SAPOL expiation notices.

Demerit points are not incurred for parking infringements or driving an unregistered vehicle. However, financial penalties still apply for these offences.

Demerit points are incurred regardless of whether the offence was committed in South Australia or interstate.

Double demerit points do not exist for offences committed in South Australia.

You can check your driving history and obtain an official driver licence report showing licence status, licence classes, demerit points and offences for the past ten years via your mySA GOV account at a cost of $17.00.

Find out more about speed and red light cameras in South Australia.

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.

Losing your licence

The number of demerit points incurred depends on the offence and how likely it is to cause an accident.

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

If you have a full licence and accumulate 12 or more demerit points in a three year period you will be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence or permit.

Offences that incur demerit points remain on your licence record for three years from the date of the offence.

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.

A demerit disqualification will start 28 days from when 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.

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Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within three working days.

If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

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Page last updated 29 May 2019

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Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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