Licence to drive MC (multi-combination) class vehicles
Eligibility requirements - MC (multi-combination) class
Eligibility requirements to take driving lessons
You must hold a licence authorising you to drive HR (heavy rigid) or HC (heavy combination) class vehicle.
To be granted a licence to drive MC (multi-combination) class vehicles
- have held a licence authorising you to drive C (car) class vehicles for at least three (3) years; and
- have held a licence authorising you to drive HR (heavy rigid) or HC (heavy combination) class vehicles for at least one (1) year.
|National Transport Commission (NTC): Load restraint guide|
|State Law Publisher: Road Traffic (Vehicle Standards) Regulations 2002|
Information for driverís licence applicants
The Road Traffic Act provides that if you are a person who is eligible to apply for a Western Australian driver's licence you must apply in accordance with the regulations. The application is made in writing on a form approved by the Director General and it has to give details of the application sought.
- Please note that personal attendance at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or Regional Agent is required when completing your application.
- This process cannot be completed by mail.
Please print and complete the driver's licence application form prior to attending a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or Regional Agent. The driver's licence application form (MDL1) may be found below.
|Driver's licence application (Form MDL 1)||Kb|
Multi-combination competency standard
The multi-combination competency standard underpins the driver training and licensing system which aims to produce safer drivers of multi combination vehicles on Western Australian roads.
Readers should not see the standard as a set of competencies. Rather, assessors use the standard as a basis upon which to judge whether the people they assess are competent.
The standards are particularly useful for anyone teaching a person to drive.
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Step 1: Learn to drive
You do not require a Learnerís Permit if:
- you already hold a current Australian driverís licence; and
- you meet the eligibility requirements for the vehicle type you wish to learn how to drive.
You can take driving lessons with:
- a licensed driving instructor who holds the same or higher class on their driverís licence for which you are applying; or
- a person who holds a current driverís licence who has been authorised to drive for at least four (4) years†and has the same class of vehicle that is stated on your learnerís permit.
As a learner you must always:
- display L plates;
- be accompanied by an authorised instructor (see above); and
- comply with any other conditions as specified on your learner's permit.
As a learner driver, you must always display L plates.
Step 2: Apply - includes eyesight test and theory test (if applicable)
When you have gained enough confidence in your driving skills† and you are ready to take a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA), you can start the application process at any Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent.
When submitting your application, you must:
- pass a heavy vehicle theory† test (if applicable Ė see below);
- complete an application form;
- pass an eyesight test;
- pay an application fee (this gives you one practical driving assessment entitlement); and
- provide primary and secondary proof of identity (examples are provided in fact sheet below).
Once you have successfully completed the application process, you will be†ready to take your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
Heavy vehicle theory test
Depending on the vehicle class(es) you are currently authorised to drive, you may have to sit the heavy vehicle theory test. The test consists of 10 questions of which you have you get eight (8) or more correct to pass.† See the table below to find out if you are required to sit the test:
Some sample theory test questions and answers are provided in our 'Questions and Answers for MR, HR and HC classes'†fact sheet below.
Heavy vehicle theory tests
|Class your are applying for||Theory test requirements|
|LR (light rigid)||No test required|
|MR (medium rigid)||You will need to sit the test|
|HR (heavy rigid)||If you hold a driver's licence authorising you drive a C (car) or LR (light rigid) class vehicle you do need to sit the test. However, if you hold a licence authorising you to drive an MR (medium rigid) class vehicle you do not need to sit the test.|
|HC (heavy combination)||No test required|
|MC (multi-combination)||No test required|
Step 3: Practical Driving Assessment - MC (multi-combination) class
The Department has outsourced MC (multi-combination)†driving assessments to the private sector.
If you pass the assessment, you will get a Certificate of Competency. You are only entitled to drive MC class vehicles once you have present this certificate to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent†and the new class has been added to your licence record.
Vehicles you can drive - MC (multi-combination) class
If you are granted a licence authorising you to drive MC (multi-combination) class vehicles you can drive a motor vehicle towing two or more heavy trailers.
Other classes covered:
- HC (heavy combination)
- HR (heavy rigid)
- MR (medium rigid)
- LR (light rigid)
- C (car)
- R-N (moped).