Heavy Rigid licence (HR)

Licence to drive Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles; motor vehicle that has 3 or more axles and a gross vehicle mass greater than 8 tonnes.

  Heavy Rigid (HR class) heavy vehicle

A motor vehicle that has 3 or more axles and a gross vehicle mass greater than 8 tonnes.

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HR class vehicle truck

Experience required to upgrade your licence or remove a restriction, must have held When you can start learning to drive Licence authorisation
  • Car (C class) licence for at least two (2) years; or
  • Light Rigid (LR class) licence for at least one (1) year; or
  • Medium Rigid (MR class) licence for at least one (1) year.
  • 12 months after attaining your car licence (C class); or
  • On attaining your LR (Light Rigid class) licence or C (Car class) licence; or
  • On attaining your LR (Light Rigid class) or MR (Medium Rigid class) licence.
If you are authorised to drive HR class vehicles you may drive any:
  • Motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or motor carrier, that has at least 3 axles and a GVM exceeding 8 tonnes.
  • MR (Medium Rigid class) vehicle.
  • LR (Light Rigid class) vehicle.
  • C (Car class) vehicle.
  • Moped.
  • A HR class motor vehicle may be used to tow one trailer (not a semi-trailer) that has a GVM not exceeding 9 tonnes, and no other trailer.

  Heavy Rigid (HR class) heavy vehicle licence

Heavy Rigid (HR class) heavy vehicle vehicle licences allow you to drive heavy vehicles with 3 or more axles and a gross vehicle mass greater than 8 tonnes. You will also be allowed to tow a trailer with a maximum GVM of 9 tonnes.

In order to gain an HR class licence, you must have one of the following:

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  Step 1: Learn to drive (HR class)

Before you can learn to drive an HR class vehicle, you must have:

  • A C class licence with 12 months experience, or
  • An LR class licence, or
  • An MR class licence.

A learner's permit is not required; however, you must be accompanied by a supervisor who is either:

  • A licensed driving instructor holding an HR or higher class driver's licence, (this includes a driving instructor delivering HR driver training for a DOT authorised Registered Training Organisation) or.
  • An instructor in a youth driver education course holding an HR or higher class driver's licence or.
  • A person who has held a current HR driver's licence for at least 4 years.

HR candidates, using a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

If you meet the eligibility criterion and pass an eye test, you can train for a HR licence with an authorised RTO. If you choose to do so you will be required to complete the following training modules applicable to the HR class of licence you require:

  • TLIC3004A - Drive heavy rigid

You will receive a Certificate/Statement of Attainment when you have successfully completed the training and the RTO will then conduct a practical driving assessment (PDA) on behalf of DVS. If you successfully complete your PDA the RTO will provide you with a Certificate of Competency for your particular class of licence.

Alternatively you can apply to sit a PDA at any DVS Centre or regional agent by following the steps below.

Please note that until you have presented your Certificate/Statement of Attainment, Eye Test form and Certificate of Competency at a DVS centre or regional agent and your licence record has been endorsed with the new class you will not be entitled to drive a vehicle of class HR. A processing fee is charged for this service.

As a learner driver, you must also display 'L' plates and comply with any other conditions as required.

Visit the Learn to drive/ride page for more information on what rules you are subject to as a novice rider.

Please download the printable L-plates.

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  Step 2: Complete an application (Form DLA1)

If you meet the above eligibility criteria, you can apply to upgrade your licence to an HR class.

Please download and complete the form.

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  Step 3: Provide proof of identity

You will be required to submit sufficient proof of your identify for the application.

Please go to Proof of identity for more information.

  Step 4: Submit the application in person (Form DLA1)

Applications for a Western Australian driver's licence must be submitted in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent.

You will need to provide:

  • Completed vehicle licence application form DL1.
  • Proof of identity documents.
  • Required fees.

Note:

Applications cannot be submitted by post.

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  Step 5: Undertake an eyesight test: Heavy Rigid (HR class)

All applicants will be required to take the eye test when applying for a drivers licence.

This will be conducted at the Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent when you apply for your licence. If you need any visual aids to pass the eyesight test, your licence will be endorsed to show that you must wear those aids when driving.

  Step 6: Pass a heavy vehicle theory test (if required)

Applicants who currently hold an MR class driver's licence or who successfully complete a training unit through an authorised Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will not be required to take the heavy vehicle theory test.

Applicants not using a RTO and with a C class or LR class driver's licence will need to take the theory test, which consists of 10 questions, of which you must get 8 correct to pass.

Please download the fact sheet below for details and sample theory test questions and answers.

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  Step 7: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment: Heavy Rigid (HR class)

Before your licence can be issued, you will need to take a practical driving assessment in an Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicle unless you have successfully completed a PDA and been issued a Certificate of Competency by an authorised RTO.

Visit the Pass a practical assessment page for more information. You can also download the fact sheet.

What happens if I fail the practical driving assessment?

If you fail the practical driving assessment, you will need to retake the assessment after a minimum of 7 calendar days.

This will allow you more time to improve your practical driving skills and therefore achieve the required driving standard.

You will be required to pay another practical assessment fee.

Note:

There are no exemptions to this waiting period.

What happens when I pass the practical driving assessment?

Once you have passed your practical assessment, your licence record will be updated to show that you are now authorised to drive Heavy Rigid (HR class) heavy vehicles.

However, a new driver's licence card will only be issued when you renew your current licence. You may wish to order a replacement licence that will reflect your updated vehicle class.

HR candidates, using a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Until you have presented your Statement of Attainment, Eye Test form and Certificate of Competency at a DVS centre or regional agent and your licence record has been endorsed with the new class you will not be entitled to drive a vehicle of class HR. A processing fee is charged for this service.

Note:

If you have a provisional licence, you will still be subject to the same provisional status while driving a Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicle. If your hold a full licence, your HR class licence will also be a full licence.

Visit the Get a provisional licence page for important information on the rules and conditions for provisional licences.

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  Book training and assessment with a Registered Training Organisation (HR, HC and MC classes)

Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) has appointed authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTO) to deliver heavy vehicle Practical Driving Assessments (PDA) for classes;

  • Heavy Rigid (HR class).
  • Heavy Combination (HC class).
  • Multi Combination (MC class).

Customers may choose to sit their PDA for HR and HC vehicle classes with a DoT driving assessor or one of the external authorised providers. Multi Combination (MC class) driver training and assessment are fully outsourced to the private sector.

Please contact your preferred training provider to book your PDA.

Metropolitan Registered Training Organisations - HR, HC and MC vehicle classes

Location Business name Street address Phone Email PDA type
Joondalup Richards Mining Services Pty Ltd 10 Franklin Lane, Joondalup WA 6027 (08) 9400 7500 Email HR (only)
Kenwick Miro Training Centre 2/8 Royal St, Kenwick WA 6107 (08) 9459 5666 Email HR, HC
Maddington Keen Bros (WA) Pty Ltd 27 Stebbing Road, Maddington WA 6109 (08) 9493 5151 Email HR, HC, MC
Maddington Wrightway Road Training Pty Ltd 12 Jade Street, Maddington WA 6109 (08) 9459 9680 Email HR, HC, MC
Malaga All Roads Truck Driver Training 5 Agett Road, Malaga WA 6090 (08) 9249 7399   HR, HC, MC
Malaga Ray Makene's Driving School 277 - 283 Victoria Road, Malaga WA 6090 1300 881 474 Email HR, HC, MC
Neerabup Mines West Truck Driver Training 2048 Wanneroo Road, Neerabup WA 6031 0488 886 463 Email HR, HC, MC
Perth International Airport Driver Training and Education Pty Ltd (DTEC WA) 46 Grogan Road, Perth International Airport WA 6105 (08) 9479 5754   HR, HC, MC
Wangara Western Roadtrain 239 Gnagara Road, Wangara WA 6065 0450 744 745   MC (only)

Note:

Customers may choose to sit their PDA for HR and HC vehicle classes with a DoT driving assessor or one of the external authorised providers.

* ATF: L N Price and Partners, Busselton Advanced Training.

** Trading as: Keen Bros Geraldton.

Regional Registered Training Organisations - HR, HC and MC vehicle classes

Location Business name Street address Phone Email PDA type
Albany All Roads Truck Driver Training 33 Earl Street, Albany WA 6330 (08) 9841 1662
HR, HC, MC
Albany Australian Training Management: Heavy Vehicle Training Lot 5 Chesterpass Road, Albany WA 6330 (08) 9847 4164   HR, HC, MC
Busselton L N Price and Partners * 66 Strelly Street, Busselton WA 6280 (08) 9752 4255 Email HR, HC, MC
Davenport Keens Truck Driver Training Bunbury 37 Halifax Drive, Davenport WA 6230 (08) 9726 0530 Email HR, HC, MC
Esperance Macka Enterprises 19 Gunton Circle, Shoresands Estate, Esperance WA 6450 0409 772 694   HR, HC, MC
Geraldton Grace Resources Pty Ltd ** 39 Bradford Street, Wonthella WA 6530 (08) 9923 1088 Email HR, HC, MC
Geraldton Ocean and Earth Training 28 Foskew Way, Geraldton WA 6530 (08) 9923 3306 / 0408 934 718 Email HR, HC, MC
Kununurra Australian Training Management: Troy's Truckwise 131 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WA 6743 0429 807 715 Email HR, HC, MC
Picton CMT Transport Trainers 10 Coleman Turn, Picton WA 6229 (08) 9725 7876 Email HR, HC, MC

Note:

Customers may choose to sit their PDA for HR and HC vehicle classes with a DoT driving assessor or one of the external authorised providers.

* ATF: L N Price and Partners, Busselton Advanced Training.

** Trading as: Keen Bros Geraldton.

  Book a PDA with the DoT (first licence and upgrade)

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) with the Department of Transport (first licence and upgrade).

22/08/2016: Online web services, such as DoTDirect online account, pay online and PlatesWA, will be temporarily offline due to scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will occur between 6:00 pm on Friday 26th August and 6:00 pm on Sunday 28th August. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (online)

PDA bookings may also be made:

You are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible as this will increase your chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.

Note:

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Who can book online?

Online PDA bookings are limited to tests in the following vehicle classes:

Note:

The regional centres of Gingin, Northam, Wongan Hills, Dowerin Shire and Goomalling Shire are currently not available online. Please contact the site directly to make a booking.

Who can't book online?

Online PDA bookings are not available for the following vehicle classes:

You cannot book online if your PDA is required as a result of:

  • A medical condition and the medical assessment process is incomplete.
  • An extraordinary licence application.
  • A conditional licence application.
  • Transferring an overseas licence and you have not obtained a learner's permit.

Or

  • The licence or learner's permit is subject to a sanction.

Please call 13 11 56 to book your PDA if any of these circumstances apply to you.

  Heavy vehicle competency standard

The vehicle competency standards aim to produce safer drivers and underpin the driver training and licensing system in Western Australia.

The heavy vehicle standards are used by assessors to determine if learner drivers are competent in operating heavy vehicles. It is not a set of competencies for learner drivers, but should be used as a guide for driving instructors.

Please download the standard.

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  National Driver Work Diary

For interstate bus and truck drivers only

Do you travel to, or through, South Australia?

In 2008 new nationally consistent Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue (HVDF) laws were introduced in South Australia and in all other Australian Jurisdictions (except WA and the ACT).

The Road Traffic (Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue) Regulations 2008 set new work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and require better management of driver fatigue. If you drive a heavy vehicle with a gross vehicle mass over 12 tonnes or a bus with more than 12 adult seats including the driver's, and drive to or though South Australia these laws apply to you. The drivers' work/rest details must be recorded in the National Driver Work Diary.

You must fill in a Work Diary unless your journey is within a radius of 100 kilometres from the place of business from which your vehicle normally operates.

Note: If the driver base is not recorded, the driver base will be taken to be the garaged address of the regulated heavy vehicle.

To assist drivers travelling to or through South Australia arrangement has been made for the work diaries to be issued at a number of Western Australian Driver and Vehicle Services Centres.

Where to obtain a National Driver Work Diary

You can obtain the National Driver Work Diary, upon personal attendance, with your valid drivers licence and payment of the required fee, from:

Obtain a National Driver Work Diary

Location Outlet type Address
Albany Driver and Vehicles Services centre 178 Stirling Terrace, Albany WA 6330
Broome Regional Services Kimberley 9 Napier Terrace (Kennedy's Store), Broome WA 6725
Cannington Driver and Vehicle Services centre 18C, 1480 Albany Highway, Cannington WA 6107
Geraldton Driver and Vehicle Services centre 65 Chapman Road, Geraldton WA 6530
Kalgoorlie Driver and Vehicle Services centre 35 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Karratha Driver and Vehicle Services centre 3-5 Welcome Road, Karratha WA 6714
Kununurra Driver and Vehicle Services centre Corner Messmate and Bandicoot Drive, Kununurra WA 6743

  Driver licence fees and payments (2016/2017)

Notes:

* Denotes fee includes Goods and Services Tax (GST).

If you have a medical condition or occupational endorsement on your driver's licence which requires the Department of Transport to set a driver's licence renewal period other than the standard 1 to 5 years, then the fees you are required to pay may differ from the ones stated below.

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. When this option is used, the class restriction removal fee is applied.

Driver licence renewal fees

Fee type Fee
New application fee (original issue, not HC or MC class) $75.90
Licence fee - 1 year $41.80
Licence fee - 5 years $132.00
Licence fee - 1 year forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 2 years forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 3 years forced by condition $79.20
Licence fee - 4 years forced by condition $105.60
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior $13.20
Licence fee - 5 years Pensioner or Senior $66.00
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $13.20
Licence fee - 2 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 3 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $39.60
Licence fee - 4 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 1 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^
Licence fee - 5 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Duplicate/replacement driver licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence $35.20
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Pensioners and Seniors) $17.60
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Aged Pensioners) No Fee

Duplicate tax invoice

Fee type Fee
Duplicate tax invoice (including 10% Goods and Services Tax) $9.70

Certified copy of excessive demerit points notice fee

Fee type Fee
Certified copy of notice $20.80

Transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees

Fee type Fee
Transfer application (overseas or expired interstate) $40.70
Additional class application (not MC or HC) $75.90
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $72.50

Removal of class restriction fees

Fee type Fee
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $72.50

Extraordinary driver's licence fees

Fee type Fee
Original extraordinary licence application - 1 year $180.40
Original extraordinary licence application - 6 months $90.20
Extraordinary licence renewal - 1 year $38.50
Extraordinary licence renewal - 6 months $19.25
Extraordinary licence replacement $35.20

Learner driver fees

Fee type Fee
Sit the learner's permit theory test $18.50
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $12.90
Application fee including one practical driving assessment (PDA) $75.90
Every subsequent PDA resit $72.50
Learner guide and log book $18.40
Initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $20.90
Every subsequent HPT resit $13.90
Learner permit replacement $34.50

HC and MC heavy vehicle class fees

Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers:
MC class application $40.70
MC class restriction removal $165.70
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department/Police:
HC class application $173.90
HC class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $40.70
HC supplementary Practical Driving Assessment $165.70
HC class restriction removal $165.70
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers:
HR/HC class application $40.70
HR/HC class $165.70

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $108.50
T (taxi) extension application $105.10

Driving instructors fees

Fee type Fee
Application fee $93.00
Licence fee $5.30
Duplicate licence fee $7.70
Testing fee $161.80

WA photo card fees

Fee type Fee
WA photo card application $42.50
Replacement WA photo card $35.20
Additional WA photo card $36.00
WA photo card application - Pensioner or Senior concession
$21.25
Replacement WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession
$17.60
Additional WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession
$18.00
WA photo card application/replacement/additional - Aged Pensioner
No fee

The WA photo card replaced the proof of age card.

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