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What is a Limited Licence?

March 2016

If you have been disqualified from driving a motor vehicle by a Court order or had your driver’s licence suspended because of excess demerit points, you may be able to apply for a limited licence.

The Court can authorise the issue of a limited licence if it is satisfied that being unable to drive would cause extreme hardship to you or undue hardship to someone else, such as a dependent family member or your employer.

If granted, the limited licence will allow you to drive a particular vehicle for a specified purpose at times and within a particular locality stipulated by the Court. You will also need to keep a logbook in your vehicle together with a copy of the Court order authorising your limited licence.

How do I get one?

An application for a limited licence is made to the District Court and must be accompanied by affidavit evidence explaining why a licence is necessary. If you are applying because you need to drive for your job, it is necessary to obtain an affidavit from your employer.

It is customary to serve a copy of the application on the Police prior to filing so that they can advise whether they oppose a limited licence being granted. The terms of the application can often be adjusted to address any concerns the Police may have. In all cases, an appearance before a District Court Judge will be required for the application to be considered.

Is there anything else I need to be aware of?

There are several restrictions on eligibility for a limited licence, and in particular, you cannot apply if:

  • you have been disqualified for driving while already disqualified or suspended;
  • if you have committed certain repeat traffic offences; or
  • other restrictions (such as being the holder of a passenger services licence) applies.

There is also a 28 day stand-down period before any application can be made if you have been convicted of certain specified driving offences.

How can we help?

We provide a full service for limited licence applications, which includes meeting with you and providing advice; then preparing your application in accordance with your instructions together with any supporting affidavits that are necessary. We will liaise with the Police to ensure that your application proceeds without opposition where possible. We will then appear in Court with you when your application is considered by a Judge.

If an application is refused, there is a 3 month stand-down period before a further application can be considered. Our thorough approach to preparation of your application minimises the chances of this happening.