Apply for a taxi or bus driver's licence

Find out how about eligibility requirements for a taxi (T) or charter (bus) (F) driver's licence extension in WA and how to apply.

  Types of driver licences

Before you can legally operate and drive fare paying passengers for hire and reward, you must have the correct driver's licence. The two driver's licence extensions are:

  • F (charter) extension: A charter (bus) driver's or charter vehicle licence which allows a driver to carry passengers for hire or reward.
  • T (taxi) extension: A taxi driver's licence which allows a driver to carry passengers for hire or reward.

You are not required to obtain an F (charter) extension if you already hold a T (taxi) extension.

Both are an extension of your current driver's licence. You must also have the appropriate licence for the class of vehicle you will be driving.

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fees are non-refundable.
Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $110.10
T (taxi) extension application $110.10
Vehicle type Driver's licence extension - Vehicle type F Driver's licence extension - Vehicle type T
Charter vehicle Yes Yes
Regular Passenger Transport Yes Yes
Taxi No Yes

To find out about licensing Charter vehicles, Regular Passenger Transport vehicles and taxis, please refer to On-demand transport licensing / insurance page.

  Circumstances where a driver's licence extension is not required

A driver's licence extension (F or T) is not required when:

  • The payment you receive for carrying passengers does not exceed the operating costs per kilometre of the vehicle.
  • The service is purely voluntary.
  • You are carrying passengers during work hours as an incidental part of your general employment and the vehicle seats 12 persons or less (including the driver).
  • You are a member of the police force.
  • You are driving in the course of providing a child care service under the Child Care Services Act 2007 (WA).

  Eligibility requirements to apply for a driver's licence extension

Minimum eligibility requirements for both driver's licence extensions F (charter) and T (taxi) are provided below.

Minimum eligibility requirement
F T
Has reached the age of 20 years Yes Yes
Has held a driver's licence for a period of three (3) years Yes Yes
Is not a provisional driver Yes Yes
Provides two (2) referees at the time of application Yes Yes
Provides a National Police Certificate not older than three (3) months Yes Yes
Undergo a medical assessment Yes Yes

  How to apply for a driver's licence extension

To apply for the appropriate licence extension, you will need to complete an application form.

Visit the Become a bus, taxi or charter vehicle driver (F or T extension) for further information.

LBU_F_DL_DL1_DriversLicenceAppBusCharterTaxi.pdf icon F and T extension application (Form DL1) Kb

  Information for drivers, taxi owners and operators

The WA taxi industry is administered by the Department of Transport, which regulates the number of taxi licence plates and sets the standards for taxi vehicles and the taxi driver code of conduct.

F (bus) extensions, when already holding a T (taxi) extension

You are not required to obtain an F (bus) extension if you already hold a T (taxi) extension.

  • An F (bus) extension is a bus driver's or small charter vehicle licence which allows a driver to carry passengers for hire or reward.
  • It is an extension of your existing driver's licence. You must also have the relevant licence for the class of vehicle you will be driving.

For more information, please refer to Schedule 2 - Classes of authorisation to drive of the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.

ODT_F_App_TaxiDriverIDCardODT31.pdf icon Application for a Taxi Driver Identification Card (Form ODT 31) Kb
ODT_F_App_ReplaceRegionalTaxiDriverIDCard.pdf icon Application to replace regional Taxi Driver Identification Card Kb
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014

  Starting an eco or nature-based tourism business in Western Australia

Economic Reform, Department of Treasury, is undertaking a series of regulatory mapping and reform projects that focus on identifying and reducing regulatory and administrative impediments in targeted areas of the Western Australian economy. Many of these projects will make it easier for businesses to commence, operate and innovate in Western Australia, and will deliver benefits to local communities.

The 90 Day Regulatory Mapping and Reform Projects were announced in May 2016. These projects will be undertaken continually over a three year period from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

One of the completed projects is Eco and Nature-base Tourism Project: Making it easier to run an eco or nature-based tourism business.

There are many steps involved in establishing an eco or nature-based business. You will need to consider factors including (but not limited to):

  • Business structure and registrations (including business and tax).
  • Licensing requirements.
  • Obligations when selling goods or services.
  • Obligations to staff (if applicable). Occupational health and safety obligations.

Do you need to transport passengers?

If you need to transport passengers there are specific requirements that must be met. Refer to the attached Regulatory Map document (page 4) for an overview. Additional information for commercial operators is provided via the links below.

Opens in a new window Department of Treasury: Eco and nature-based tourism 90-day project
External Link Department of Treasury: Regulatory mapping and reform projects

  On-demand vehicle fees and charges (2018/2019)

Charter or RPT vehicle fees

Charter (omnibus) or RPT (omnibus) vehicles annual licence fees. Transport Coordination Act 1966 Part III Division 2 - Omnibuses.
Fee type Fee
Charter or RPT vehicles: 1 seat annual licence fee $70.25 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 2 seats annual licence fee $140.50 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 3 seats annual licence fee $210.75 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 4 seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 5 - 14 seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 15 - 24 seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 25 - 34 seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 35 - 44 seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 45 - 59 seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: 60 or more seats annual licence fee $281.00 [1]
Charter or RPT vehicles: Omnibus, issue of a pair of number plates annual licence fee $44.00 [2]

[1] Transport Co-ordination Regulations 1985 - r.8A (a) (ii)

[2] Transport Co-ordination Regulations 1985 - r.8B (b)

Country Taxi fees

Transport Coordination Act 1966 Part IIIB - Taxi-cars in country districts.
Fee type Fee
Country taxi: Administration fee for issuing a new taxi-car licence $217.00 [1]
Country taxi: Issuing or renewing an ordinary taxi-car licence fee $217.00 [2]
Country taxi: Transferring an ordinary taxi-car licence fee $228.00 [3]
Country taxi: Issuing number plates for a vehicle licensed as a taxi-car (pair) fee $44.00 [4]
Country taxi: Authorising the operation of another vehicle in substitution for a vehicle under repair fee $76.00 [5]

[1] Transport (Country Taxi-car) Regulations 1982 - Schedule 1: item 1

[2] Transport (Country Taxi-car) Regulations 1982 - Schedule 1: item 2

[3] Transport (Country Taxi-car) Regulations 1982 - Schedule 1: item 3

[4] Transport (Country Taxi-car) Regulations 1982 - Schedule 1: item 4

[5] Transport (Country Taxi-car) Regulations 1982 - Schedule 1: item 5

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fees are non-refundable.
Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $110.10
T (taxi) extension application $110.10

Metropolitan Taxi plate fees

Taxi Act 1994 - Metropolitan Taxis
Fee type Fee
Metropolitan taxi plate: Annual taxi plate fee $217.00 [1]
Metropolitan taxi plate: Transfer and deceased estate fee $76.00 [2]
Metropolitan taxi plate: Issue of taxi plates or the issue of replacements for lost, damaged or stolen taxi plates $44.00 [3]

[1] Taxi Regulations 1995 - r.19(1)

[2] Taxi Regulations 1995 - r.19(2)

[3] Taxi Regulations 1995 - r.19(4)

Periodic Government leased plate fees

Taxi Act 1994. Note: The annual taxi plate fee applies to government leased plate holders. Total annual fee for conventional, MPT, Peak Period, Area Restricted = $1,013.00 + $217.00 = $1,230.00. Total annual fee for PBT TRIAL = $1.00 + $217.00 = $218.00. $1,013.00 = $253.25 per quarter.
Fee type Fee
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Conventional taxis, sedan $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Conventional taxis, van $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Conventional taxis, green taxi trial $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Multi-purpose taxis $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Restricted hours taxis (peak period), sedan $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Restricted hours taxis (peak period), van $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Restricted area taxis, Swan/Kalamunda $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Restricted area taxis, Armadale/Gosnells, Wanneroo, Rockingham/Kwinana $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Purpose-built Taxi (PBT) $1,013.00 [1]
Periodic Government leased plate fees: Purpose-built Taxi TRIAL (PBT) $1.00 [1]

[1] Taxi Industry Development Account Authorised by sections 16(2) and 41(2) of the Taxi Act

  Driver's licence check (online)

Please use this handy feature to check whether your driver's licence is current.

Driver's licence check (online)
 

 

Notes:

  • The information provided on the status of your driver's licence is only current as at the time and date of the response. Even though our records may indicate that your driver's licence is valid, there may be outstanding or current sanctions against your licence applied by the Department of the Attorney General which may render your licence invalid.
  • In addition to this enquiry you should also perform a further verification on the Department of the Attorney General's website: Search licence suspensions (unpaid fines) online (see link below).

A Learner's Permit is not a valid licence and its details will not be displayed.

Opens in a new window Attorney General's Department: Online licence suspension check

  Demerit point check (online)

Demerit points are issued by the WA Police or an authorised officer for motoring offences. The points can vary anywhere from one to six points depending on the type of offence, except during long weekends and holiday seasons when the allocated demerit points for the offence will be double.

If you are the holder of a phase 2 learner's permit please call 1300 720 111 for details of your demerit points.

This enquiry is for Western Australian licences only.

Demerit point check (online)
 

 

Page last updated: Fri Oct 5 2018 3:06:09 PM