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Apply for recognition of your non-WA PTD authorisation

To drive passengers for hire or reward in WA, you will need to hold a passenger transport driver (PTD) authorisation. Find out how to apply for mutual recognition of your interstate or New Zealand equivalent PTD authorisation in WA.

  Do I need a PTD authorisation?

A PTD authorisation is an annual authorisation that permits a person to drive a vehicle for hire or reward.

You need a PTD authorisation if you drive, or intend to drive, a vehicle for hire or reward.

In deciding whether you need a PTD authorisation, you must consider:  

  • If you, as a driver, are receiving a payment or other reward for the driving, and 
  • If the passengers are paying a fee or some other consideration for the transport service.

To help you decide, or for more information, visit What are passenger transport driver authorisations?

  What is mutual recognition?

If you hold the equivalent of a PTD authorisation in another Australian state, territory or in New Zealand, you can apply for mutual recognition of your authorisation in WA.

Mutual recognition exists for occupational licences and authorisations. Department of Transport (DoT) must consider commercial passenger driving authorisations from other Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand and, if considered to be of equivalence, issue you with a WA authorisation for the same activity.

In addition to mutual recognition, the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 (the Act) allows for interstate driver authorisation holders to drive for hire or reward for a continuous period of three months in WA before needing to apply for mutual recognition of their driver authorisation.

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  Applying for a PTD authorisation through mutual recognition

If you hold the equivalent of a PTD authorisation in another Australian state, territory or in New Zealand, you can apply for mutual recognition of your authorisation in WA.

Are you eligible?

You will first need to meet the eligibility criteria for holding a PTD authorisation. You can apply for a PTD authorisation if you:

  • are aged 20 years old or more; and 
  • hold a current and valid WA drivers licence; or
  • have held a driverís licence, or the equivalent driving authorisation from another jurisdiction for a period of three (3) years; and
  • have not been disqualified from holding or obtaining a PTD authorisation (i.e. committed a disqualification offence).

How to apply

To apply for mutual recognition, you will need to go into a Licensing Centre or regional office, and bring:

  • a completed DLA1 Driverís Licence application form to transfer your current interstate/NZ driverís licence to a WA one;
  • your interstate/NZ driverís licence;
  • your equivalent interstate/NZ PTD authorisation, if it is separate to the driverís licence;
  • a completed E33 Mutual Recognition registration form; and
  • proof of identity documents.

You do not need to supply a National Police Certificate or medical assessment if you are applying for a PTD authorisation through mutual recognition.

The DoT customer service officer at the counter will create a DoTDirect account for you, if you do not already have one. This will be needed to manage renewal of your new WA PTD authorisation in the future.

LBU_F_DL_DLA_1_DriversLicenceApplication.pdf icon Driver's licence application (Form DLA1) Kb
LBU_F_DL_E33_MutualRecognitionPublicPassenger.pdf icon Mutual recognition registration (Form E33) Kb

  How your application is assessed

If you have provided all necessary documentation when you attend a Licensing Centre or regional office, you can pay your application fee ($28) and authorisation fee ($88) and may be granted a PTD authorisation on the spot.

If you havenít provided all necessary documentation when you attend a Licensing Centre or regional office, or your application requires further assessment, you will need to pay the application fee ($28). DoT will then assess your application and you will be notified of whether your application was successful. If your application has been successful, you will need to pay the authorisation fee ($88) through DoTDirect or in person at a Licensing Centre or regional office.

 

Page last updated: Wed Aug 5 2020 4:21:48 PM