Forgery of Documents and Identification Marks

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

This charge is generally laid in situations where a person forges any notice, registration label, licence etc., or where a person lends a forged item to someone else.

In essence to prove this charge the Police must show that the accused intentionally forged any notice, registration label, certificate, license, permit, or other document, or any identifying number or general identification, or that the accused lent such forged material for use.

Defences to this charge can include a factual dispute, a lack of dishonest intent, or an identification dispute.

This offence may attract a fine of 10 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 months, where a registration label (or other vehicle document) is altered or forged.

Where the offence relates to forging, or fraudulently altering a vehicle identifier, the maximum penalty is 60 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

You should ring us and discuss your case if you have been charged.

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has consequences for you and should be made after proper discussion with a criminal lawyer.

This legislation comes from section 72 of the Road Safety Act 1986.

Possible Defences

  • Factual Dispute and Concept of Beyond Reasonable Doubt


  • Deferral of Sentencing
  • Diversion
  • Without Conviction Order
  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Term of Imprisonment

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