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.

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  What is mutual recognition?

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

The mutual recognition of occupational licences and authorisations allows a person who holds an occupational licence or authorisation in one Australian jurisdiction or in New Zealand to receive the equivalent licence or authorisation in another jurisdiction. The Department of Transport (DoT) must consider applications to recognise commercial passenger driving authorisations issued in other Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand and, if considered to be equivalent, issue you with a WA authorisation for the same activity.

The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 also allows interstate PTD authorisation holders to drive passengers for hire or reward in WA for a continuous period of three months from the date they enter WA. After this period you must hold a WA PTD authorisation to drive passengers for hire or reward, so it is advised that you apply for the mutual recognition of your interstate authorisation before the three month period ends. 

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  Applying for a PTD authorisation through mutual recognition

Are you eligible?

You are eligible to apply for mutual recognition if you:

  • hold an equivalent PTD authorisation from another Australian state or territory, or in New Zealand that is current, valid and unrestricted; and 
  • you have not yet transferred your driverís licence to Western Australia.

If you have already been issued a WA driverís licence, you must apply for a regular PTD authorisation. Visit How to apply for a PTD authorisation for more information.

How to apply

You must apply for mutual recognition of your interstate or New Zealand PTD authorisation in-person at a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) Centre, regional DoT centre or agent. You must:

  • provide the required proof of identity document for the initial issue of a WA driverís licence Ė see Proof of identity;
  • present your interstate or New Zealand driverís licence;
  • present your current and valid interstate or New Zealand equivalent PTD authorisation;
  • complete the E33: Mutual Recognition Registration form;
  • complete the DLA1 Driverís Licence Application form; and
  • pay the PTD authorisation application fee.

Your DoTDirect account is where you will receive communications and account notices for your PTD authorisation.

Remember Ė if you have already been issued a WA driverís licence, you must apply for a regular PTD authorisation.

  How your application is assessed

When you attend a DVS Centre, regional DoT centre or agent to submit your application for mutual recognition, your application may be assessed and approved immediately. Once itís approved you must pay the PTD authorisation fee before you can drive passengers for hire or reward. 

If your application cannot be approved immediately, we will notify you of the outcome via email within 30 days. You may be asked to provide further documentation before an outcome can be reached. Please remember to check your emails, including junk folders, for messages related to your application.

If your application is approved, you will receive an account notice for the PTD authorisation fee via email which must be paid before you can drive passengers for hire or reward. The payment can be made:

Page last updated: Tue Jun 29 2021 3:28:30 PM