Dear Lifehacker, I have lost my licence in Victoria and I'm thinking of moving interstate. Can I get a new licence in NSW or South Australia and then be allowed to drive anywhere in Australia EXCEPT Victoria? Thanks, Midnight Rider
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When you say you "lost" your licence, I assume you mean it was suspended for a traffic infringement rather than simply misplaced during a boozy night out with the lads? If so, the answer is no; your driving ban applies in all states and territories.
As mentioned in a previous Ask LH post, Australia's road and traffic authorities are all interconnected via the Australian Road Rules agreement and the Demerit Points Scheme. This means that any penalties you incur in Victoria will be instantly flagged when you apply for a licence in another state.
In other words, your existing demerit points will be carried over to your new licence. If you've been slugged with a suspension in Victoria, your interstate licence transfer request will be instantly denied; as it should be.
I'm afraid you're just going to have to wear the punishment that fits. Next time, consider the safety of others and drive more carefully.
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