Special Purpose Vehicle Licence - Victoria

Service summary

Special purpose vehicle licences are issued for specific vehicle hire activities. The approved vehicles do not have meters and can only operate if bookings are taken from the place of business of the owner prior to the trip. They cannot accept direct hiring from taxi ranks or public areas.

Types of vehicles covered by this licence are restricted to the following:

  • Wedding Cars: for the carriage of a bridal party in the course of the wedding day activities, or for debutante or school formal or funeral transport activities;
  • Tour Vehicles: for the carriage of passengers in a tour or tour package; and
  • Special Purpose Vehicles: for the carriage of passengers for a specific purpose to be stated in the licence, and where no other licence is appropriate, e.g. a specially equipped vehicle to carry bicycles to the start of a ride.

Special purpose vehicle licences will not be issued to vehicles which meet the requirements for a standard hire car licence.

A separate driver accreditation may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must be:

  • a fit and proper person;
  • financially stable and possessing the appropriate insurance;
  • willing to abide by industry standards of best practice;
  • intending to offer vehicles for hire which do not fit in any other hire car category; and
  • able to pay the licence fee.

You will also be required to submit an informed consent form.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




ApplyApplication$2,000.00Fees for 2016-17.



Please lodge your application and associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Taxi Services Commission

Act(s) name

Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Taxi Services Commission

Operating address:
1 Spring Street

Mailing address:
PO BOX 1716
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


03 8683 0768


1800 638 802


03 8683 0717

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