Restricted Hire Car Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business that uses certain vehicle types for hire to the general public. Restricted hire vehicles are similar to hire cars except that limited vehicle types qualify for this licence, such as:

  • Vehicles manufactured at least 25 years prior to the date of the licence application;
  • Vehicles with a carrying capacity of 8 to 9 people; or
  • Other non-standard vehicles for hire such as motorcycles for tours, off-road four-wheel drives and modified adventure tour vehicles.

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.

This licence will not be issued to vehicles which meet the requirements for a standard hire car licence.

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:

  • Judged to be a fit and proper person;
  • Financially stable and possessing the appropriate insurance;
  • Willing to abide by industry standards of best practice; and
  • Intending to offer vehicles for hire which do not fit in any other hire car category.

You are also required to submit an informed consent form.

Please consult the responsible agency for information regarding eligibility requirements.


The licence will be considered for renewal on an annual basis.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Apply Relevant Person Form - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window
Informed Consent Form - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window

Application for a Commercial Passenger Vehicle Licence - Restricted Hire Vehicle - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



Please lodge your application and accompanying 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
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 1716
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


03 8683 0768


1800 638 802


03 8683 0717

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