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Key info

  • You must complete a heavy vehicle licence knowledge test in order to apply for, or renew a learner heavy vehicle licence.
  • You need a learner licence if you are learning to drive a class of vehicle more than one class above your existing licence. See the national hierarchy of licence classes (PDF, 399KB).
  • You do not need a learner licence for a medium rigid vehicle if you have a car licence.
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About applying for or renewing a learner heavy vehicle licence

You need a learner heavy vehicle licence if you are learning to drive a class of vehicle more than one class above your existing licence. For example, if you hold a car licence and want to upgrade to a heavy rigid licence.

How to apply or renew

What you need to apply or renew

You must visit a service centre and:

Can I apply or renew?

You can apply for or renew a:

  • heavy rigid class licence if you:
    • are at least 20 years old, and
    • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner) for at least 2 years, and or a light rigid or medium rigid licence for at least 12 months.

  • heavy combination class licence if you:
    • are at least 20 years old, and
    • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner) for at least 2 years and or a medium rigid or heavy rigid class licence for at least 12 months.

  • multi-combination class licence if you:
    • are at least 21 years old, and
    • have held a heavy rigid or heavy combination class licence for at least 12 months.

The service centre must confirm the time you held your licence if:

    • you held your licence in another state of Australia before transferring to Tasmania, and
    • your Tasmanian licence has been issued for less than the minimum time periods above.

Exemption

You can apply for exemption from the age and experience criteria by completing an application form (PDF, 88KB) and emailing the form to driver.licensing@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.

To apply for an exemption, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old, and
  • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner licence) for at least 12 months.

Proving your identity

To prove your identity you must show at least:

  • One category A document and 2 category B documents, or
  • Two category A documents and one category B document.

These documents must:

  • show your current Tasmanian address
  • be the originals (not photocopies or certified copies)
  • be in English or provided with an English translation from an accredited translator.

  • Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate)
  • Australian citizenship papers
  • Australian passport (can be expired up to 2 years)
  • Overseas passport or visa (can be expired up to 2 years if accompanied by a current Australian visa)
  • Australian photo driver licence (can be expired up to 2 years)
  • Australian firearms licence
  • Tasmanian Government personal information card (showing your full name)
  • Department of Home Affairs travel documents or Australian Government issued Immicard
  • Department of Home Affairs certificate of evidence of resident status.

  • Medicare card
  • Bank or credit card, with signature
  • Student identity card with photo, issued by an Australian educational institution
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs or Centrelink - pensioner concession or other current entitlement card issued by the Australian Government
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages change of name/marriage certificate (not a church or celebrant document) or deed poll
  • High risk work licence issued by WorkSafe Tasmania
  • Government issued working with vulnerable people or children card.

If you have changed your address or name

If your name or address is incorrect on your licence or any documents you use to prove your identity, you must show proof of:

  • your address, and/or
  • change of name documents.

To show proof of change of address you must provide one of the following documents:

  • financial institution statement
  • lease or rent agreement
  • council rate notice
  • utility account (electricity, water, sewerage, telephone, gas)
  • land tax valuation notice
  • Australian Taxation Office assessment (current or last financial year)
  • certificate of title.

To show proof of change of name you must provide one of the following documents:

  • adoption paper issued by court
  • divorce paper issued by court, showing your original name
  • change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages or deed poll
  • guardianship order
  • marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (not a church or celebrant issued document).

Body corporate (a company or an incorporated association)

At least one of the documents from the section below must be provided. Additional documents may also be required to prove the current:

  • residential address
  • garage address
  • change of name of the body corporate.

  • Certificate of registration with an Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • Certificate of registration of change of name with an ACN
  • Extract of company with ACN
  • Certificate of registration of foreign company with Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN)
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Written authorisation on letterhead by the issuing authority, stating the Act under which it was established.

  • Certificate of registration of change of name with an ACN
  • Written authorisation on letterhead by the issuing authority, stating the Act under which established.

If you cannot provide the required identity documents, please contact us on 1300 135 513.

How much it costs

Licence typeStandard feeConcession fee

Learner driver (includes non-novice learner drivers)

$35.29

Not available

Learner motorcycle (includes novice and non-novice riders)

$35.29

Not available

Heavy vehicle learner

$35.29

Not available

P1 and P2 combined

$59.09

$35.29

Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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More Information

  • If you need to wear contact lenses or glasses for driving, please make sure you wear them when you take the eye test at the service centre.
  • You can buy 'L' plates at the service centre.

Please visit Transport Services for more information on applying for or renewing a learner heavy vehicle licence.