Explosives Driver's Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to drive a road vehicle transporting an authorised explosive on a public road.

You will not require this licence if the explosive is part of a Category 1 load of explosives and you hold an explosives transport licence, or are a secure employee of a person who holds an explosives transport licence. You will also not require this licence to transport any of the following explosives:

  • sparklers
  • cartridges for safety devices or nail guns
  • less than 50 kilograms of emergency devices
  • less than 250 kilograms of emergency devices
  • less than 50 kilograms of ammunition propellant or less than 4 kilograms of black powder.

Please note that limited amounts of explosives may be transported under a shotfiring, pyrotechnics, or fireworks licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information on whether you require this licence.

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 at least 21 years of age;
  • Demonstrate competency in the activities required of the licence;
  • Have passed an approved driver training course;
  • Be assessed as medically fit to drive an explosives vehicle within the past 6 months;
  • Possess a current Western Australian Dangerous Goods Security Card;
  • Hold a current driver's licence;
  • Have a satisfactory driving history;
  • Submit the required forms; and
  • Pay the required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



5 years.





Application for an Explosives Driver Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Approval time

Usually within 20 working days.

Administering agency

Department of Mines and Petroleum
Resources Safety

Act(s) name

Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Licensing Enquiries, Dangerous Goods
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Resources Safety

Operating address:
Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth
Western Australia 6004
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square PO
Western Australia 6850


08 9358 8001


08 9358 8000

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