It is an offence in Queensland to drive without a valid driver’s licence.
The penalty will depend on the reason that you were unlicensed as well as other factors such as your previous traffic history.
If you were unlicensed because you simply failed to renew your driver’s licence after it expired, you may only receive a fine. However a licence disqualification is also a possible penalty.
If you were unlicensed because you were suspended by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER), your licence will be disqualified for at least one month and you will be given a fine.
If you were unlicensed because you were suspended due to demerit points, then your licence will be disqualified for a minimum period of six months and you will be given a fine.
If you were unlicensed because you were disqualified by a Court order, the minimum disqualification period is two years and can be as long as five years. You will also receive a substantial fine.
There are several other reasons why you might be charged with unlicensed driving and this will impact the penalty that you will receive. In serious cases such as repeat disqualified driving, a jail sentence is even possible.