Obtaining Licence by False Statements
– section 71 of the Road Safety Act 1986
This charge is different to Section 72 of this act which deals with forged documentation.
Obtaining licence etc. by false statements
A person who—
- by any false statement or any misrepresentation or other dishonest means obtains or attempts to obtain any driver licence, learner permit, log book or registration, or the renewal of any driver licence, learner permit or registration, or any certificate under this Act or any information to which Part 7B applies; or
- without lawful authority or excuse possesses any driver licence, learner permit, log book or certificate so obtained—
Examples of Obtaining Licence by False Statements
- A person declares that they have completed 120 hours of driving practice on their drivers license when they have not.
- In a attempt to convert an overseas license to a Victorian license it is discovered that you falsified a license from a country on the VicRoads ‘recognised country’ list such as Singapore, Spain or Italy. Licenses from countries on this list can mean you may not need to take a test when apply.
LegislationThe legislation for this offence can be found on section 71 of Road Safety Act 1986.
Elements of the offenceIn essence to prove this charge the Police must show that the person obtained or attempted to obtain a licence etc. by dishonest means or that a person who possesses a licence in such a manner did so without lawful authority.
 Road Safety Act 1986 (VIC) s 71
Questions in cases like this
- Were the statements false?
- Was there a genuine attempt?