Driving offences and penalties

Check demerit points

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

You don’t lose demerit points you acquire them. Points expire three years after the date of the offence.

If you have a mySA GOV account, you can check your demerit points online.

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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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Demerits warning notice

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

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 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. The 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.

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.

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

Other options

If you are unable to check your demerit points online, phone 13 10 84 or visit a Service SA customer service centre.

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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 2 April 2019

Provided by:
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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Last Updated:
02/04/19
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