Restricted Hire Car Licence - Victoria


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 twenty-five years prior to the date of the licence application
  • vehicles with a carrying capacity of eight to nine people
  • 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
  • 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $52.90

Fees for 2017-18.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Commercial Passenger Vehicle Licence - Restricted Hire Vehicle - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.
Apply All Relevant Person Form - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Informed Consent Form - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 VIC

Lodgement process


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

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Taxi Services Commission

Contact details

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


Taxi Services Commission

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: PO BOX 1716
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Toll Free: 1800 638 802
Phone: 03 8683 0768
Fax: 03 8683 0717
Website: Taxi Services Commission (Opens in new window)