ACT Driver's Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to drive a motor vehicle on a public road. It is illegal to drive on a public road in the Australian Capital Territory without a current driver's licence. Your licence will authorise you to drive a particular class of vehicle. Licences are available in the following classes:

  • Motorcycle (including mopeds / scooters);
  • Car;
  • Light rigid;
  • Medium rigid;
  • Heavy rigid;
  • Heavy combination; and
  • Multi-combination.

New licensees will start with a learner's licence which must be held for a minimum of 6 months. The learner will then progress to a provisional licence which after being held for 3 years will transfer to a full licence. Licence conditions vary between licence types. You will require a public vehicle licence if you intend to drive a public vehicle for hire or reward.

If you hold a licence from another Australian jurisdiction (other than a learner), you can transfer this licence to the ACT at no cost. Learner licence holders are required to pass a Road Ready course and pass a knowledge test before being issued with an ACT learner licence.

If you hold a licence from another country, you may be able to obtain an ACT equivalent licence.

Please consult the Contact officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements vary depending on the licence class. Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As specified on the licence.



Full licence five years.


Learner licence and learner pack.


Restricted or probationary licence.

Application$110.60Provisional licence.
Application$36.00Full licence one year.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
Road Transport Authority

Act(s) name

Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 1999 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2000 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
Road Transport Authority

Mailing address:
PO BOX 582
Dickson, Australian Capital Territory 2602


02 6207 7101


02 6207 7171


13 22 81

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