Become a bus or charter vehicle driver

Find out how to get an F extension on your driver's licence, which allows you drive a vehicle carrying passengers for hire or reward.

  Bus or charter vehicle driver: F extension

An F extension, also known as a bus driver's licence or charter vehicle licence, allows a driver to carry passengers for hire or reward, regardless of the number of seats fitted.

It is required if you:

  • Transport passengers during work hours as part of your general employment.
  • Transport passengers during work hours as an incidental part of your general employment, if the vehicle seats more than 12 persons (including the driver).
  • Operate omnibuses, charter buses or limousines.
  • Receive payment that exceeds the operating costs per kilometre of the vehicle.

An F extension is not required if:

  • 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).
  • You hold a T (taxi) extension and have held a driver's licence for 4 years.

Note:

This licence 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 3 of the Road (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an F extension, you must:

  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Have held a relevant driver's licence for at least 3 years.
  • Be of good character.
  • Be mentally and physically fit to drive a motor vehicle for the purposes of carrying passengers for reward.
Opens in a new window State Law Publisher: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014
Opens in a new window State Law Publisher: Child Care Services Act 2007

  Step 1: Complete an application (Form DL1)

Please download and complete the drivers licence application form.

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

  Step 2: Complete a police check - bus or charter vehicle driver

National Police Certificate (NPC)

Application for your National Police Certificate (NPC) can be made at:

  • Australia Post, or
  • An accredited organisation. A list of accredited organisations is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website.

The NPC must be no older than three months, and remain valid for the duration of the application process, approximately 10 working days, once a completed application is received.

Opens in a new window Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission: Information for individuals

  Step 3: Provide proof of identity

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

Please refer to the fact sheet for more information.

LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Proof of identity requirements (Fact sheet) Kb

  Step 4: Submit the application in person (Form DL1)

Under the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act 2008, 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 F and T extension application form DL1.
  • National Police Certificate.
  • Proof of identity documents.
  • Required fees. (non refundable)
LBU_F_DL_DL1_DriversLicenceAppBusCharterTaxi.pdf icon F and T extension application (Form DL1) Kb

  Step 5: Undertake an eyesight test: Bus or charter vehicle driver

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 use 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: Go for a medical check-up: bus or charter vehicle drivers

Once your application has been submitted, you will need to undergo a medical check-up with your health professional.

Please download the form below and have your health professional complete it and submit it directly to the Department of Transport.

The completed medical assessment certificate must be received by the Department within 3 months of the application date. Late submissions will be refused, and you will be notified if this happens.

Note:

You will need to reapply for an F extension if your application is refused, including due to late submissions.

LBU_F_DL_M107A_MedicalFitnessToDrive.pdf icon Medical assessment certificate: Fitness to drive (Form M107A) Kb

  Step 7: Issue of licence: Bus or charter vehicle drivers

If your application is successful, your licence record will be updated to include the F extension endorsed on the rear of the licence card, and you will be advised of the outcome in writing.

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 authorisation to drive.

  What to do after you obtain your bus or charter vehicle driver's licence

Once you have been issued with your updated driver's licence card, you must carry it on you whenever you are carrying passengers for hire or reward.

You are required to undergo periodic medical assessments if you wish to maintain an F extension on your driver's licence. Reference: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.

Opens in a new window State Law Publisher: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014

  Driver licence fees and payments (2017/2018)

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) $77.20
Licence fee - 1 year $42.50
Licence fee - 5 years $133.50
Licence fee - 1 year forced by condition $26.70
Licence fee - 2 years forced by condition $53.40
Licence fee - 3 years forced by condition $80.10
Licence fee - 4 years forced by condition $106.80
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior $13.35
Licence fee - 5 years Pensioner or Senior $66.75
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $13.35
Licence fee - 2 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $26.70
Licence fee - 3 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $40.05
Licence fee - 4 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $53.40
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 $35.80
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Pensioners and Seniors) $17.90
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Aged Pensioners) No Fee

Duplicate tax invoice

Fee type Fee
Duplicate tax invoice (including 10% Goods and Services Tax) $9.80

Certified copy of excessive demerit points notice fee

Fee type Fee
Certified copy of notice $21.10

Transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees

Fee type Fee
Transfer application (overseas or expired interstate) $41.40
Additional class application (not MC or HC) $77.20
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $73.70

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 $73.70

Extraordinary driver's licence fees

Fee type Fee
Original extraordinary licence application - 1 year $183.00
Original extraordinary licence application - 6 months $91.50
Extraordinary licence renewal - 1 year $39.10
Extraordinary licence renewal - 6 months $19.55
Extraordinary licence replacement $35.80

Alcohol Interlock fee

Fee type Fee
Alcohol Interlock condition $192.30

Concessions

Participants in the Alcohol Interlock Scheme may be eligible for a concession rate for the cost of scheduled inspections if they hold a valid concession card and are receiving the full rate of entitlement.

Valid concession cards need to be presented to the Accredited Service Provider or Agent at time of application and at every scheduled service.

  • Age.
  • Carer.
  • Disability Support Pension Carer.
  • Disability Support Pension Spouse.
  • Disability Support Pension.
  • Health Care card - low income only.
  • MRCA Veterans (Military Rehabilitation and Compensation).
  • Pension Concession card.
  • Service Invalidity.
  • Veteran Age.
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (Extreme Disablement Adjustment). The card must be endorsed 'EDA'.
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated). The card must be endorsed 'TPI'.

Learner driver fees

Fee type Fee
Sit the learner's permit theory test $18.80
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $13.10
Application fee including one practical driving assessment (PDA) $77.20
Every subsequent PDA resit $73.70
Learner guide and log book $18.70
Initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $21.20
Every subsequent HPT resit $14.10
Learner permit replacement $35.10

HC and MC heavy vehicle class fees

Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers:
MC class application $41.40
MC class restriction removal $168.60
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department/Police:
HC class application $176.90
HC class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $41.40
HC supplementary Practical Driving Assessment $168.60
HC class restriction removal $168.60
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers:
HR/HC class application $41.40
HR/HC class $168.60

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fees are non refundable.

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

Driving instructors fees

Fee type Fee
Application fee $94.60
Licence fee $5.35
Duplicate licence fee $7.80
Testing fee $161.80

WA photo card fees

Fee type Fee
WA photo card application $43.20
Replacement WA photo card $35.80
Additional WA photo card $36.60
WA photo card application - Pensioner or Senior concession $21.60
Replacement WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession $17.90
Additional WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession $18.30
WA photo card application/replacement/additional - Aged Pensioner No fee

The WA photo card replaced the proof of age card.

FINAL_LBU_P_Fees_201718_Complete.pdf icon All driver and vehicle related fees (2017/2018) Kb

 

Page last updated: Wed Nov 15 2017 2:29:44 PM