Automated Driving Systems Permit - Victoria


You will require this permit if you intend to drive any automated vehicle for the purpose of conducting an Automatic Driving System (ADS) trial on a highway. The ADS permit also authorises a holder of a full driver licence to act as a vehicle supervisor, and the participation of any automated vehicle to drive on a highway.

An ADS means any technology that is capable of performing the task of driving a motor vehicle.

The categories for vehicles for which an automated driving system may be equipped include:

  • motor cycles or motor trikes
  • cars
  • light rigid vehicles
  • medium rigid vehicles
  • heavy rigid vehicles
  • heavy combination vehicles
  • multi-combination vehicles.

Your permit may be subject to conditions which relate to the use of the vehicle, record keeping and reporting.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that 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 operate an automated vehicle in Victoria, you must:

  • hold a current full driver licence
  • meet Austroads fitness to drive requirements
  • obey all Victorian road rules
  • provide all required information and management plans
  • comply with any conditions imposed on their driver licence.

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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

The permit must be located within the automated vehicle, or in the possession of a vehicle supervisor in the vehicle, at all times while the vehicle is being used. Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


An ADS permit remains in force for the period specificed in the permit. This must not be more than 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Automated Driving System Permit - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Road Safety Act 1986 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Transport


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Registration and Licensing


Department of Transport

Contact us other: 13 11 71
Phone: 03 8391 3216