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ACT driver licence information

Licence types, classes and conditions

Your ACT driver licence must contain your name in full in the following format:

SURNAME     Given name     Middle name/s

Your initials should not appear on your licence (unless the combined length of your surname, given name and middle names exceeds 38 characters including spaces).

If your name does not appear in full you can have your licence updated free of charge, just bring along some acceptable proof of identity to an Access Canberra Service Centre.

The Road Transport Authority may require a National Police Certificate or police check results report prior to issuing a driver licence with certain conditions, an accreditation as a driving instructor or an authorisation to become a vehicle examiner. Refer to the Accreditation police checks for information on how to obtain this.

Licence classes

  • Class C - Car licence includes a:
    • motor vehicle (other than a motorbike) with a GVM not over 4.5t that is constructed or equipped to seat not more than 12 adults (including the driver);
    • tractor or implement; and,
    • motor vehicle mentioned above that is towing a single trailer with a GVM not over 9t (but not two or more trailers).
  • Class R - Motorcycle licence includes a:
    • motorbike towing a single trailer designed to be towed by a motorbike.
  • Class LR - Light rigid vehicle licence
  • Class MR - Medium rigid vehicle licence
  • Class HR - Heavy rigid vehicle licence
  • Class HC - Heavy combination vehicle licence
  • Class MC - Multi-combination vehicle licence

For further information about heavy vehicle licence classes refer to the Heavy vehicle driver licensing page.

Condition codes

Under section 10 of the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2000, the Road Transport Authority (RTA) may impose conditions on a driver licence using the following condition codes:

A - The licence holder must drive a motor vehicle fitted with automatic transmission. This includes Tiptronic transmission vehicles. A Tiptronic transmission is an automatic transmission type which allows the driver to manually override the automatic shift.

B - If the licence holder is the driver of a motor vehicle of a kind for which a light rigid vehicle licence or driver licence of a higher class is required, the vehicle must be fitted with a synchromesh transmission or automatic transmission.

D - The licence holder is an accredited rideshare driver, view more information about Rideshare accreditation.

E - If the licence holder is the rider of a motorbike, it must be of restricted engine capacity as notified in writing by the Road Transport Authority to the holder.

H - The license holder is an accredited hire car operator, view more information about Hire car accreditation.

I - The licence holder must drive only a motor vehicle fitted with a breath alcohol interlock device.

M - The licence holder is an accredited hire motorcycle operator, view more information about Hire car accreditation.

O - The licence holder is an accredited bus driver, view information about Bus service accreditation in the ACT.

Q - Presently, the ACT Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2000 does not provide for a ‘Q’ condition code. However, legislation in some jurisdictions, such as New South Wales do provide for a ‘Q’ condition code. In those jurisdictions, a ‘Q’ condition code is issued to temporary overseas visitors who apply for an Australian driver licence. The purpose of the ‘Q’ condition is to indicate that the licence holder has not provided proof of permanent Australian residency.

S - The licence holder must wear corrective lenses at all times while driving.

T - The licence holder is an accredited taxi operator, view information about Taxi service accreditation in the ACT.

V - The licence holder must drive only a motor vehicle fitted with driver aids, or modified, as notified in writing by the Road Transport Authority to the holder.

W - The licence holder is an accredited restricted hire car operator, view more information about Hire car accreditation.

X - The licence holder must comply with any condition of which the holder has been notified in writing by the Road Transport Authority.

Z - The licence holder must not drive a motor vehicle if the holder has a concentration of alcohol of more than 0g in 100mL of blood or 210L of breath.

Learner

Example picture of learner licence For further information on learner licences refer to Getting a learner licence.

Provisional

Example picture of provisional licence Provisional licences are issued for three years. 'P' plates must be displayed for the three years and the accumulation of four or more demerit points during that time will result in suspension of the licence for three months.

If the driver or rider holds their provisional licence for a period of six months and completes an optional Road Ready provisional licence course, they may have a 'PC' condition endorsed on their licence allowing them to remove their 'P' plates. Their demerit points allowance will also be increased by four points to a total of eight points.

To endorse a licence with a 'PC' condition, the licence holder must attend an Access Canberra Service Centre and apply for a replacement driver licence.

Holders of a provisional licence who are over 26 years of age and have held their provisional licence for longer than 6 months may attend an Access Canberra Service Centre location and have a 'PC' condition added to their licence. This condition exempts the licence holder from the requirement to display 'P' plates and their demerit point allowance will also be increased by four points to a total of eight points.

Provisional drivers, within the first 12 months, must not tow another vehicle unless it is a trailer with a GVM of 750kg or less.

Provisional licence holders must have a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero.

The minimum age to obtain a provisional car or motorcycle licence is 17.

If you already hold a provisional driver licence in another jurisdiction and want to transfer it to the ACT, you must attend an Access Canberra Service Centre in person so that a licence history can be obtained from the interstate jurisdiction. Access Canberra will attempt to contact you once the licence history has been received so you can return and get an ACT licence(if eligible). Once received, these licence histories are only valid for one calendar month.

For further information on provisional licences refer to Getting a provisional licence.

Full

Example picture of full licenceAfter the provisional period of three years has been completed, you can obtain a full licence which is renewable on each birthday divisible by five years. To obtain a full licence at this time you will need to attend an Access Canberra Service Centre with Proof of Identity.

Heavy vehicle

Example picture of heavy vehicle licenceRefer to the Heavy vehicle driver licensing page.

Public vehicle

Probationary

Example picture of probationary licenceAll drivers and riders returning to driving after a court imposed licence disqualification will need to complete an approved alcohol and drug awareness course before being eligible to be issued with a probationary licence.

Probationary licence holders must drive or ride with a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero.

On 17 June 2014 the ACT Government launched the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program. For further information refer to the Alcohol and drug awareness courses and Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program page.

Restricted

Example picture of restricted licenceSome drivers and riders who have received a court imposed licence disqualification and have completed an approved alcohol and drug awareness course, may apply to the court for a restricted licence permitting them to drive during specific hours or for specific purposes, but these are only issued in very limited circumstances.

People whose licences have been suspended under the demerit point scheme are not eligible to apply for a restricted licence.

Restricted licence holders must drive or ride with a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero.

If a person is eligible for a restricted licence Access Canberra will write to them and provide the application form. The completed form and court order documents should be taken to the Woden Service Centre and lodged with the Licence and Registration Team by calling 6207 7122. Once the restricted licence has been processed the client will be able to attend the Access Canberra Service Centre and pay the determined fee to be issued with a restricted licence.

Getting a learner licence

From 29 August 2016 a new driver competency applies relating to vulnerable road users. For further information refer to the Vulnerable road users page.

Driver licences are issued under the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) ACT 1999 and the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2000.

Car learner licence

To obtain your car learner licence you must:

  • be at least 15 years and nine months old; and,
  • successfully complete a Road Ready Learner Licence Course, including a computerised knowledge test on the ACT Road Rules.

The Road Ready course is provided by most ACT schools free of charge as part of their year ten curriculum. It is also conducted by a Road Ready Centre at various locations. The course is available during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. To make a booking telephone Watson (north) on 6162 5152 or Phillip (south) on 6109 0152 or visit the Road Ready website for more information. To undertake a practice knowledge assessment please visit the Road Ready website.

When you go to an Access Canberra Service Centre to get your learner licence, you must:

Note: a statutory declaration may be accepted to confirm POR where the client is applying for a first issue Learner licence, is under the age of 18, and is living with a parent or person who can demonstrate legal guardianship.

Whilst driving on your learner licence in the ACT you must:

  • display 'L' plates at the front and rear of the vehicle;
  • ensure that a person holding a full Australian driver licence occupies the seat next to you;
  • have a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero;
  • not tow a trailer exceeding 750kg GVM; and,
  • not exceed posted speed limits.

You must be at least 17 years old and have held a learner licence for at least six months before you can obtain a provisional licence.

Motorcycle learner licence

To obtain your ACT learner motorcycle licence you must:

  • be at least 16 years and nine months old;
  • undertake a government approved rider training course; and,
  • successfully complete a Road Ready Learner Licence Course, including a computerised knowledge test on the ACT Road Rules unless you already hold a driver licence.

The Road Ready course is provided by most ACT schools free of charge as part of their year ten curriculum. It is also conducted by a Road Ready Centre at various locations. The course is available during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. To make a booking telephone Watson (north) on 6162 5152 or Phillip (south) on 6109 0152 or visit the Road Ready website for more information. To undertake a practice knowledge assessment please visit the Road Ready website

When you have successfully completed the Road Ready course and knowledge test you must be issued a car learner licence, unless you hold a current driver licence, before booking for the Learner Rider course.

When you go to an Access Canberra Service Centre to get your licence, you must:

  • successfully complete an eye test;
  • provide a passed ACT road rules knowledge test certificate unless you hold a current driver licence
  • supply full proof of identity and proof of residency; and,
  • pay the prescribed fee.

The Learner Motorcycle Rider Training Course (Stay Upright) is currently provided by Stay Upright Motorcycle Techniques, bookings can be made on 6297 1144 or book online on the Stay Upright website.

When you have successfully completed the Rider Training course you must then attend an Access Canberra Service Centre to have your driver licence endorsed with the learner rider class. You must provide:

  • your ACT driver licence; and,
  • the passed Motorcycle Rider Training course certificate.

If you currently hold a car licence (other than a learner) this transaction is $41.90, however if you are adding the motorcycle learner licence to a car learner licence there is no charge.

Whilst riding on your motorcycle learner licence you must:

  • display 'L' plates at the rear of the motorcycle;
  • not carry a pillion passenger;
  • not ride a motorcycle with a power to weight ratio exceeding 150 kilowatts per tonne;
  • have a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero when riding;
  • not tow a trailer; and,
  • not exceed posted speed limits.

Motorcycle learner licences are valid for one year. To renew your learner licence, you will have to pass the Road Ready course and knowledge test again as outlined above. To sit the test you will need to produce your existing learner licence. It is not necessary to make a booking.

You must be at least 17 years old and have held a motorcycle learner licence for at least three months before you can obtain a provisional licence.

Motorcycle learner licence restrictions

Motorcycle learner licence holders can only ride a motorcycle with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kilowatts per tonne until they have held a provisional motorcycle licence for twelve months. Holders of a provisional motorcycle licence must not carry a pillion passenger until they have held their provisional motorcycle licence for twelve months.

The power and weight figures used in the calculation are the output and tare mass quoted by the motorcycle manufacturer. However for motorcycles with an engine capacity of less than 660cc, the weight of a full tank of fuel and a rider allowance of 90kg are added. For motorcycles of 660cc or more a rider allowance of 68kg is added.

To calculate the power to weight ratio, the number of kilowatts is divided by the total weight in kilograms. For example:

  • tare weight + fuel + 90kg rider allowance for motorcycles under 660cc; or,
  • tare weight + 68kg rider allowance for motorcycles of 660cc or more.

The result is then multiplied by 1,000 to convert to kilowatts per tonne.

To assist you in determining a motorcycle's power to weight ratio the Road Transport Authority provides lists of motorcycles that meet the requirements. The first list is the Approved motorcycles for novice riders (PDF) and is maintained by NSW Roads and Maritime Service. This lists motorcycles that meet the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme requirements of all Australian jurisdictions. The second list is maintained by the Road Transport Authority and is a List of approved motorcycles (XLS 314KB) or (PDF 560KB) that includes motorcycles that meet the ACT requirements that currently do not include a capacity limit.

If you believe a motorcycle meets the requirement to be learner and novice approved you can apply to have it included on the ACT list of approved motorcycles by completeing an Application for a motorbike to be recognised as learner and novice approved (PDF 200KB) and posting it Road User Services.

The normal duration for a provisional licence is three years. The normal duration for an additional provisional licence is one year.

Getting a provisional licence

The minimum age to obtain a provisional car or motorcycle licence is 17. To obtain a provisional car licence, you must have held your learner licence for at least six months and either pass a practical driving test with a government licence examiner or undertake training and pass continuing assessment with an ACT accredited driving instructor (the 'logbook' system).

If a practical driving assessment is successfully passed in an automatic vehicle then the licence will be endorsed with an 'A' condition. After 12 months the licence holder can have the 'A' condition removed by attending an Access Canberra Service Centre.

If the licence holder wishes to have the 'A' condition removed before the 12 month period, they must either successfully pass a practical driving assessment or complete a logbook with an accredited driving instructor in a manual vehicle.

To obtain a provisional motorcycle licence, you must have held your learner licence for at least three months and successfully complete the pre-provisional course, including the pre-provisional rider assessment, which is currently provided by Stay Upright Motorcycle Training.

Provisional motorcycle licence holders, within the first 12 months, must not:

  • ride motor bikes or motor trikes with a power to weight ratio greater than 150kW/tonne;
  • carry a pillion passenger; and,
  • tow any vehicle (including a trailer);

It is an offence to drive a motor vehicle that displays 'P' plates when the driver of the vehicle is not a provisional driver.

Members of the Australian Defence Force who are holders of an interstate learner licence may obtain their provisional licence through the one-off assessment with a Government Assessor, or through the logbook system. An applicant who chooses the logbook system must have a current interstate learner licence and that licence must remain current through the full logbook training period up to and including the issue of an ACT provisional licence.

Preparing for a driving assessment

The key to preparing for your driving assessment is to get as much practice as possible with family and friends and if possible with a Driving Instructor. Contact details for driving instructors can be found in the Yellow Pages under driving schools.

When practicing, try to keep in mind all of the driver competencies will be assessed against the ACT Road Rules. Descriptions of each of the 23 competencies can be found in the Road ready towards your Ps in the ACT a learner driver guide (PDF 681KB).

The road rules can be found in the ACT road rules handbook (DOC 7.73MB) or (PDF 6.17MB) and further information is also available on the Road Ready website.

The following are the most common reasons learner drivers are found not yet competent. Try to pay particular attention to these areas to increase your chance of success.

  • Speeding
  • Not applying the right of way rules
  • Failed to stop at a stop sign
  • Lack of anticipation and judgement
  • Lack of observation
  • Failed to stop at a red light
  • Lack of mirror use and head checks
  • Lack of looking, scanning and planning ahead

Booking a driving assessment

Bookings can be made in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre. If you are the holder of an existing ACT learner licence bookings may also be made phoning Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Assessments are conducted from the Access Canberra GungahlinService Centre and the Access Canberra Tuggeranong Service Centre. You will need to select a location at the time of booking.

The fee for the driving assessment must be made in full at the time of booking.

If you arrive more than 5 minutes after the appointment time, the assessment will not be conducted, as it will delay further assessments. You will be required to book another assessment and pay the full fee again.

If you need to change the appointment date you must give at least 48 hours notice and pay the applicable fee. If you do not give 48 hours notice your booking fee will be forfeited. A change of booking can be made in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by phoning Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

If you need to cancel your booking you must provide 48 hours notice. A surcharge fee is applicable and will be deducted from the refund at time of cancellation. If cancelled within 48 hours of assessment there is no refund. Cancellation can be made in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by phoning Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

What to take to the assessment

You must bring your learner driver licence (current) or other primary proof of identity with you to the assessment or the assessment will not be undertaken.
When attending for your driving assessment you must supply a vehicle that is:

  • registered (an unregistered vehicle permit is not acceptable);
  • clean and roadworthy (please check your tyres, brake lights and indicators);
  • displaying 'L' plates;
  • sufficiently fuelled to complete a 55 minute assessment;
  • fitted with lap sash seatbelts;
  • fitted with a centre mounted lever-style park brake which is accessible from the front passenger seat; and
  • clear of any loose items that may become dislodged and become a hazard under heavy breaking.

If you are from overseas and not from an approved country you must also provide:

If you hold a current driver licence from an approved country, you will not be required to pass a practical driving assessment.

After the assessment

When you have successfully passed the assessment you must attend an Access Canberra Service Centre in person and take:

  • your current driver licence;
  • the passed competency based practical driving assessment signed by the licence examiner; and,
  • the current fee.

Overseas applicants that are not from an approved country must also take:

Should you fail your practical driving assessment, you are required to wait 48 hours before undergoing another assessment. Bookings can be made by contacting Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Renewing your licence

Refer to the Driver licence renewal page for more information.

Replace a lost or stolen licence

Apply in person

If your licence has been lost or stolen you can be issued with a replacement licence.

Replacement licences can be obtained by attending an Access Canberra Service Centre. You will need to supply at least one form of primary proof of identity.

If your licence was renewed online and you have not received your licence card in the mail please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Apply from interstate or overseas

If you require a replacement licence due to your licence being lost or stolen while travelling interstate or overseas you need to supply:

The above can be sent to Road User Services by mail to PO Box 582 Dickson ACT, by email to lara@act.gov.au or faxed to 6207 7120

Once we have received your application, documents and payment, your licence will be replaced and forwarded to your nominated interstate or overseas address.

Upon returning to the ACT you can obtain your licence with an updated photo by attending an Access Canberra Service Centre, with proof of identity documents for no charge.

Medical conditions

Licence holders are legally required to report any permanent or long term illness, injury or incapacity that may impair their ability to drive safely. It is also a requirement that a licence holder not drive while their ability to drive safely is impaired by an illness, injury or the effects of a medical treatment.

If you suffer from a medical condition and are unsure if you need to report it, phone Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Once you have reported your condition, you may be required to undertake a medical assessment. However, this will often be with your own General Practitioner. At times a driving assessment may be required, usually only if the doctor recommends one. For some medical conditions, e.g. heart disease and epilepsy, the licence holder will usually be required to undertake annual medical assessment by each birthday. Medical assessments are valid for six months from the date of issue.

People 75 years of age or over are required to be examined annually by their own doctor.

If you need a medical assessment take either the Driver licence medical (PDF 181KB) form or the Commercial driver's health assessment (PDF 177KB) form (whichever applies) for your General Practitioner to complete.

Forms can be sent by mail to PO Box 582 Dickson ACT 2602, by email to rusmedicals@act.gov.au or faxed to 6207 7120.

For further information on medical standards regarding each medical condition please refer to the Assessing Fitness to Drive page on the Austroads website.

The responsibility for issuing, renewing, suspending or cancelling a person’s driver licence (including a conditional licence) lies ultimately with the Road Transport Authority (RTA). Licensing decisions are based on a full consideration of relevant factors relating to health and driving performance.

The RTA understands the loss of your driver licence will be upsetting and have an impact on your independence but the RTA has a responsibility to protect the safety of all road users.

To assist people who have lost their driver licence due to their physical ability or due to medical reasons the following provides information about alternative transportation options:

Licence history search

Unless approved by the Road Transport Authority, records will only be given to the person who is the subject of the record. Information will not be released to other persons unless written consent has been given by the person concerned and the type of information to be released is clearly expressed.

Applicants wishing to obtain a search of their own records must supply:

Applicants can apply in person by attending an Access Canberra Service Centre. Applications made before 3pm are usually completed on the same day. Applicants may choose to wait until the search of records is completed or the results can be sent by mail, email or fax.

Applicants may also apply by email to ors_documentmanagement@act.gov.au or by fax on (02) 6207 6941. When applying via email, the application form is not required, however, all other requirements mentioned above must be met. Please ensure you include your contact details in your request so we can contact you to arrange a credit card payment.

Visiting or moving to the ACT

Visiting drivers are not required to obtain an ACT driver licence provided your overseas licence and international driving permit remain current and your tourist or visitor status remains unchanged.

Driver licence holders moving to the ACT to reside are required to obtain an ACT driver licence within three months of taking up residency in the ACT.

A visiting driver is a person who arrives in the ACT with no intention of becoming a resident. This includes:

  • tourists;
  • business people;
  • people visiting friends or relatives;
  • visitors on working holiday visas; and,
  • people studying or working temporarily in the ACT who intend to return to their home state or country when they finish their study or employment.

If you are an overseas licence holder and you drive in the ACT you must carry:

  • your foreign driver licence written in English; or,
  • your international driving permit accompanied by your foreign driver licence; or,
  • your foreign driver licence that is not in English accompanied by an official English translation of the licence.

An official translation means a translation issued by the National Accreditation Authority For Translators and Interpreters or an Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators accredited translator.

An international driving permit is only valid if it is accompanied by the foreign licence.

A visiting driver must carry their licence while driving and must only drive types of vehicles authorised by their interstate or overseas licence.

Visiting drivers who hold an overseas driver learner licence must comply with all ACT road rules for a learner and any relevant restrictions endorsed on their overseas licence.

Approved countries and jurisdictions for mutual recognition of overseas driver licence

A national agreement for driver licence purposes separates overseas licence holders into three categories. Those from approved countries and jurisdictions, those from experienced driver recognised countries and jurisdictions and those from non-approved countries and jurisdictions.

Applicants from the following approved countries and jurisdictions who hold a full driver licence are exempt from the knowledge test and the practical driving assessment when applying for a full licence in the ACT.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Applicants from the following experienced driver recognised countries and jurisdictions who hold a full driver licence and are 25 years of age or older are exempt from the knowledge test and the practical driving assessment when applying for a full licence in the ACT.

  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong*
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan

*Hong Kong licences must be held for at least 12 months to qualify for mutual recognition.

Overseas driver licence holders moving to the ACT

Overseas holders of a full driver licence moving to the ACT are required to obtain an ACT driver licence within three months of taking up residency in the ACT.

If you are a holder of a full driver licence and from and approved country or jurisdiction or a holder of a full driver licence and from an experienced driver recognised country or jurisdiction and are 25 years of age or older no tests are required.

Full driver licence holders from non-approved countries or jurisdictions or from an experienced driver recognised country or jurisdiction but under 25 years of age must undertake and pass a road rules knowledge test and practical driving assessment or achieve a Certificate of Competency under the Competency Based Training and Assessment Scheme.

For further information about assessments and learner licences refer to Getting a learner licence.

Interstate driver licence holders moving to the ACT

Full interstate driver licence holders moving to the ACT to reside are required to obtain an ACT driver licence within three months of taking up residency in the ACT. If you are unable to present your interstate licence, you must attend an Access Canberra Service Centre in person so that a licence history can be obtained from the interstate jurisdiction.

If you already have a driver licence (other than a learner licence) from any Australian state or territory, you can exchange it for an ACT licence free of charge at an Access Canberra Service Centre. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency and produce your existing licence.

If you already hold a provisional driver licence in another jurisdiction and want to transfer it to the ACT, you must attend an Access Canberra Service Centre in person so that a licence history can be obtained from the interstate jurisdiction. Access Canberra will attempt to contact you once the licence history has been received so you can return and get an ACT licence (if eligible). Once received, these licence histories are only valid for one calendar month.

If an interstate learner driver or motorcycle licence holder has held their learner licence for at least six months and is 17 years of age or older they can choose to undertake a practical driver assessment with an ACT Government licence examiner. If the assessment is successful, a provisional driver licence can be issued. However, they will be required to undertake and pass the Road Ready course and road rules knowledge test before being issued with an ACT learner driver or rider licence if:

  • the assessment is unsuccessful;
  • the learner licence holder chooses not to attempt a practical driver assessment;
  • the learner licence holder has not held their licence for 6 months; or
  • the learner licence holder is not yet 17.

For further information about assessments and learner licences refer to Getting a learner licence.

Forms, fees and concessions

Forms

Driver licence renewal discount

ACT residents are eligible to receive a 25% discount on their ACT driver licence renewals if they have no relevant traffic offences recorded in the previous five years.

Licence holders are not eligible for the discount if within the last five years they have:

  • committed an offence where an infringement notice was served;
  • been convicted of a major offence such as drink or drug driving; or,
  • been convicted of a motor vehicle related traffic offence.

The discount only applies to ACT licence holders with a full or national heavy vehicle licence or a provisional licence holder upgrading to a full or national heavy vehicle licence.

Full or national heavy vehicle holders must have held their ACT licence for a continuous five year period to be eligible for the discount. Interstate and overseas licence transfers do not qualify.

Provisional licence holders are eligible for the discount when they have no traffic offences during their ACT provisional period and hold the ACT licence at the time the renewal is generated.

Eligible licence holders do not need to apply for the discount as it will be applied automatically when the renewal is sent. Licence holders that do not qualify will be informed of this on their licence renewal.

Fees

Fees are correct as at 14 August 2017. All fees are subject to change without notice.

Learner licence fees Fee
Issue of a learner driver licence and learner pack $56.90
Renewal of learner driver licence $44.70
Issue of a learner rider licence $22.50
Renewal of a learner rider licence $22.50
Provisional licence fees Fee
Original $112.80
Full licence fees Fee
Full licence valid for 5 years $183.60
Full licence valid for 10 years $341.40
Full licence valid for one year (only with Road Transport Authority approval) $36.70
Other licence fees Fee
Probationary licence $208.40
Restricted licence $208.40
Amount deducted from a refund for the cancellation of a driver licence $44.90
Replacement licence fees Fee
Replacement for lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed licence $37.60
Replacement for faulty licence Nil
Driving assessment fees Fee
Booking fee $101.70
Re-book within 48 hours of the scheduled time or when five minutes late or fail to attend $101.70
Change date where more than 48 hours of the scheduled time $16.70
Cancel date where more than 48 hours of the scheduled time (fee will be deducted from original booking fee refund) $16.70
Licence history search fees Fee
Search of record for a driver licence $24.70

Centrelink concessions

Health Care Card

Persons with a good driving record, who have been unemployed for six months or more and are receiving Centrelink unemployment benefits are entitled to 62.5% fee discount on a one year licence only. Persons who don't have a good driving record but meet the other eligibility requirements are entitled to a 50% fee discount on a one year licence. The concession is not applicable for learner, probationary, restricted or five year licences.

A good driving record is defined as a record that within the last five years:

  • contains no offences where an infringement notice was served;
  • contains no conviction/s of a major offence such as drink or drug driving; or
  • contains no conviction/s of a motor vehicle related traffic offence.

You must present a current and valid Centrelink Health Care Card displaying an ACT residential address.

The concession can only apply to the ACT licence of the card holder.

Pensioners

Holders of a current Centrelink Pension Concession Card are entitled to 100% fee discount upon issue or renewal of provisional, full or national heavy vehicle licence.

Full fees are payable for learner, probationary and restricted driver licences.

You must present a current and valid Centrelink Pension Concession Card displaying an ACT residential address.

The concession can only apply to the ACT licence of the card holder.

Department of Veterans' Affairs concessions

Pensioners

Holders of a current Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Pension Concession Card are entitled to 100% fee discount upon issue or renewal of provisional, full or national heavy vehicle licence.

Full fees are payable for learner, probationary and restricted driver licences.

You must complete a Concession validation consent (PDF 149KB) form or provide a letter from DVA confirming the concession entitlement. The letter must be dated no earlier than 14 days before the transaction.

The concession can only be provided to the card holder. The concession can only apply the ACT licence of the card holder.

Pensioners

Holders of a current DVA Gold Card are entitled to 100% fee discount upon issue or renewal of provisional, full or national heavy vehicle licence.

Full fees are payable for learner, probationary and restricted driver licences.

You must complete a Concession validation consent (PDF 149KB) form or provide a letter from DVA confirming the concession entitlement. The letter must be dated no earlier than 14 days before the transaction.

The concession can only apply to the ACT licence of the card holder.

Diplomats and privileged personnel concessions

Diplomats and privileged personnel are entitled to 100% fee discount upon issue or renewal of learner, provisional, full or national heavy vehicle licence.

Full fees are payable for learner, probationary and restricted driver licences.

You must present a current Diplomatic Identity Card and passport. The concession can only be provided to the card holder. The concession can only be applied to the ACT licence of the card holder.

Backdating concessions

If you have held your concession card for a period of time before notifying the Road Transport Authority you may be eligible for a backdated refund on your licence. You must produce a letter from Centrelink or COTA (Council of the Ageing) stating the date your concession started and that you have been continuously entitled to the concession since the start date.

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Road Ready is a community based road safety program that aims to reduce the number and severity of road crashes in the ACT.

Road Ready Centre services include:

For more information visit the Road Ready website.

Legislation

Contact options

Live chat: Access Canberra chat service

Online: Road Transport Authority contact form

Phone: 13 22 81 - Access Canberra Contact Centre

In person: Access Canberra Service Centre

Mail: Road Transport Authority, PO Box 582, Dickson ACT 2602


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Updated 09/04/2018 11.28 AM

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