Become a bus, taxi or charter vehicle driver

Find out how to get an F or T 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 allows a driver to carry passengers for hire or reward. This includes driving a Passenger Transport Vehicle (PTV) of any type excluding on-demand rank or hail PTVs (taxis), or a bus (e.g. driving a Transperth bus).

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 an on-demand charter, tourism passenger transport or regular passenger transport PTV for a booking service.
  • 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 WA 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.

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 Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.

From mid-2020, F and T extensions will be replaced by a single new Passenger Transport Driver authorisation.

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 three years.
  • Be of good character.
  • Be mentally and physically fit to drive a motor vehicle for the purposes of carrying passengers for reward.
  • Drivers of PTVs are required to have a driver ID document that is visible to the hirer at the time of booking, or display it in the vehicle/on person.

A driver ID document is different to a driverís licence:

  • For drivers of On-demand Charter (OD-C) PTVs, the driver ID document must contain a photograph of the driver and their first name. These requirements may already be met, for example by driver profiles displayed to customers by app-based booking services.
  • For drivers of On-demand Rank or Hail (OD-RH) PTVs (taxis), the driver ID document must contain a photograph of the driver, their first name and their driver ID number. Existing taxi driver ID cards meet these requirements.

For more information visit passenger transport driver responsibilities.

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fees are non-refundable.
Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $112.00
T (taxi) extension application $112.00
External Link Department of Justice: Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2019
External Link Department of Justice: Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Child Care Services Act 2007

  Taxi vehicle driver: T extension

A T extension allows a driver to carry passengers for hire or reward when the vehicle is licensed as an on-demand rank or hail passenger transport vehicle (PTV). To become a taxi driver in WA, you will need to apply for a T (taxi) extension on your driver's licence.

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 Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.

From mid-2020, F and T extensions will be replaced by a single new Passenger Transport Driver authorisation.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an T extension, you must:

  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Have held a relevant driver's licence for at least three years.
  • Be of good character.
  • Be mentally and physically fit to drive a motor vehicle for the purposes of carrying passengers for reward.

Information for drivers, taxi owners and operators

Participants in the passenger transport industry are regulated under the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 and associated regulations.

Drivers of Passenger Transport Vehicles (PTVs) are required to have a driver ID document that is visible to the hirer at the time of booking, or display it in the vehicle/on person.

A driver ID document is different to a driverís licence:

  • For drivers of On-demand Charter (OD-C) PTVs, the driver ID document must contain a photograph of the driver and their first name. These requirements may already be met, for example by driver profiles displayed to customers by app-based booking services.
  • For drivers of On-demand Rank or Hail (OD-RH) PTVs (taxis), the driver ID document must contain a photograph of the driver, their first name and their driver ID number. Existing taxi driver ID cards meet these requirements.

For more information on passenger transport driver responsibilities, visit On-demand transport.

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fees are non-refundable.
Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $112.00
T (taxi) extension application $112.00
External Link Department of Justice: Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2019
External Link Department of Justice: Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018
LBU_F_DL_DL26_DuplicateLicence.pdf icon Application for replacement certified copy of driver's licence, learner's permit or learner guide and log book (Form DL26) 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

  Step 1: Complete an application (Form DL1)

Please download and complete the driver's 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, taxi 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: Go for a medical check-up: bus, taxi or charter vehicle drivers

Once your application has been submitted, you will need to undergo a medical check-up (including an eyesight test) 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 or T 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
LBU_F_DL_M106A_MedicalAssesstInst.pdf icon Medical assessment instructions (Form M106A) Kb

  Step 6: Issue of licence: Bus, taxi or charter vehicle drivers

If your application is successful, your licence record will be updated to include the F or T 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, taxi 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 or T extension on your driver's licence. Reference: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.

Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014

 

Page last updated: Mon Jul 15 2019 3:49:11 PM