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Forgery of Documents and Identification Marks

This offence is when you either make a fake driving licence, or use a fake license. It is also when you use someone else’s’ license, or lend your driving licence to someone else.
  • A boy makes fake driving licences and sells them to his friends.
  • A 16 year old boy uses a fake license to get into a club.
  • A 17 year old girl borrows her older sister’s license to order alcohol at a festival.

  • You did not make or use a fake license.
  • You did not use someone else’s license.
  • You did not lend someone else your license, they took it without you knowing or it was stolen.
There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Did you lend someone else your licence?
  • Can they prove you made a fake licence?

Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty for Forgery of Documents and Identification Marks (s72 of the Road Safety Act 1986) is a fine of 60 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months.

Forgery of documents and identification marks is heard in the Magistrates’ Court.

The section that covers this offence is section 72 of the Road Safety Act 1986.

What is the legal definition of Forgery of Documents and Identification Marks?
This offence is when a person intentionally forges a license or similar document under the Road Safety Act. Or when a person uses or lends a forged license or similar document.

“Did you use or make a fake license?”

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
If found guilty of this offence you are most likely going to face a fine or a Community Corrections Order. In extremely serious cases or for repeat offences you may get some months in jail.