Become a driving instructor

If you teach anyone how to drive a motor vehicle for money, reward or other remuneration, you must hold a driving instructor's licence. This includes employees who give driving instruction as part of their job, including government employees.

  How to become a licensed driving instructor in WA

The driving instructors information pack provides all the information you need to know on being a driving instructor in Western Australia, including:

  • How and when to renew your instructors licence.
  • How to add additional classes to your driving instructor's licence.
  • Legal requirements.
  • Maintaining your driving instructors licence, your obligations.
  • Prerequisites (eligibility).
  • Recognition of prior learning.
  • Step by step instructions on how to obtain your driving instructor's licence.

An applicant must have held an appropriate type of driver's licence for a continuous period of at least three (3) years and must be at least 21 years of age, on the date of application.

Related information: Get a driving instructors licence

Applicable legislation

  • Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963 (WA)
DVS_F_E175_AppInstructorsLicence.pdf icon Application for Instructors Licence (Form E175) Kb
LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Proof of identity requirements (Fact sheet) Kb
Opens in a new window State Law Publisher: Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963

  Transfer a driving instructors licence

Transfer of overseas driving instructors licence

A driving instructors licence from overseas is not transferable and you must apply for a driving instructor's licence in Western Australia.

Transfer of interstate driving instructor's licence

Interstate driving instructor licences may be transferable under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Commonwealth).

Note:

  • Certification may not be suitable to grant an exemption from undertaking and passing theoretical and practical testing. This will depend on whether certification is an accredited and relevant Certificate IV in driving instruction and provided by a Registered Training Organisation, as listed in Schedule 2, Prescribed Bodies in Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Regulations 1964.
  • You must hold a current Western Australian driver's licence.
  • You must attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to apply for mutual recognition of a driving instructors licence.

Step 1: Prepare application

Complete the Application for Instructors Licence (Form E175) and Mutual Recognition forms below.

Ensure you have certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

  • Current driver instructor certification documents.
  • Driver's licence.
  • National Police Certificate (No older than 3 months).
  • Traffic Conviction Certificate (Included in the National Police Certificate).
  • Traffic Infringement Certificate. (No older than 3 months).

A fee is payable (refer to schedule of fees below).

* Documents to be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Police Officer, or staff member at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent.

Step 2: Attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent

You must attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to make application for Mutual Recognition of a driving instructor licence.

DVS_F_E175_AppInstructorsLicence.pdf icon Application for Instructors Licence (Form E175) Kb
Opens in a new window Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII): Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Commonwealth)

  Add additional classes to your driving instructor's licence

If you wish to instruct in additional classes of vehicles you will need to sit the required tests in that class or obtain certificate qualification for that class.

More information is provided in the driving instructors information pack below.

DVS_DL_FS_DrivingInstructorWA.pdf icon How to become a licensed driving instructor in Western Australia (Fact Sheet) Kb

  Driving instructor's information pack

DVS_DL_FS_DrivingInstructorWA.pdf icon How to become a licensed driving instructor in Western Australia (Fact Sheet) Kb

  Maintaining your driving instructors licence and vehicle

In addition to abiding by any conditions attached to your licence you must:

  • Carry your driving instructors licence whenever you are instructing.
  • Ensure your advertisements specify the class of motor vehicle in which you are licensed to provide instruction.
  • Ensure your instruction vehicle undergoes an annual vehicle examination and your vehicle provided for the purpose of instruction is fitted with dual controls for the front passenger seat. Refer to the driving instruction vehicles section of this website for more information.
  • If your driving instructors licence is cancelled, suspended or expired return it to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent within three (3) days. This also applies if you no longer wish to instruct.
  • Make sure you have signed your name in the driving instructors licence booklet.
  • Notify us if your booklet is lost or destroyed.
  • Notify us if you change your name or address.
  • Renew your licence when required (see below).

More information is provided in the driving instructors information pack.

  Renew your driving instructor's licence

A driving instructor's licence is only valid for one (1) year from the date it was issued.

A renewal advice letter will be mailed to you two (2) months prior to the expiry date. However, it is your responsibility to be aware of your expiry date and arrange your renewal.

To renew your licence you will need to attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent and pay the annual fee.

Note:

  • Expired licences must be returned to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent within three (3) days.
  • If you do not renew your licence by the expiry date you will need to reapply.

Medical examinations

You are required to undertake regular medical examinations. To find out more refer to the information pack below.

Requirements to re-sit theory and practical assessments

Depending on the method you used to obtain a licence, you may be required to re-sit theory and practical assessments every three (3) years. To find out more refer to the driving instructor's information pack.

  Driver competency standards

The driver competency standards specify the attributes of safe driver performance and behaviour in relation to all vehicles.

The standards are the foundation for both training and assessment, so they are particularly useful for anyone teaching a person to drive.

Professional driving instructors can use it to develop checklists of learning points and devise comprehensive training programs.

LBU_DL_CS_DriverComptencyStandard.pdf icon Driver competency standard Kb
LBU_DL_CS_HeavyVehicleDrivers.pdf icon Heavy vehicle competency standard Kb
LBU_DL_CS_LightVehicleDrivers.pdf icon Light vehicle competency standard Kb
LBU_DL_CS_MotorcycleRiderCompetency.pdf icon Motorcycle competency standard Kb
LBU_DL_CS_MultiCombinationVehicleDrivers.pdf icon Multi Combination competency standard Kb

  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

 

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