Hey Lifehacker, So I’ve lost my licence in NSW for a speeding fine for going 20 over. I am a Red P plater. Is there any way I can “move” to Melbourne and get a Victorian licence while I’m under 18? Thanks, Speed Racer
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A few decades ago, it was possible for suspended drivers to "hop state lines" and obtain a new licence with the authorities being none the wiser. Fortunately (for other motorists) Australia's road and traffic authorities are now interconnected via the Australian Road Rules agreement and the Demerit Points Scheme. This means that any penalties you have incurred interstate will carry across to your new licence.
As VicRoads explains on its website, your interstate licence and/or learner permit details will be verified with the relevant state or territory prior to approval. In other words, your NSW suspension will still apply.
Frankly, this is a highly favourable outcome for everyone involved. As a provisional driver under the age of 18, you clearly shouldn't be driving 20 kilometres over the speed limit under any circumstances whatsoever. Suck it up and try not to drive so dangerously when you get your next licence.
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