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Key info

  • You must complete the heavy vehicle driving assessment and apply within 6 months of passing the heavy vehicle driver knowledge test.
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements (PDF, 399KB) for the licence class you are applying for.
  • You must apply at a service centre.
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About applying for or upgrading a heavy vehicle licence

Before you apply, you must have successfully completed the heavy vehicle licence knowledge test and passed a heavy vehicle driving assessment.

How to apply or upgrade

What you need to apply or upgrade

You must:

  • have completed the heavy vehicle licence knowledge test within the last 6 months
  • provide a heavy vehicle certificate of competence
  • fill out an application form (PDF, 251KB)
  • provide your current Tasmanian licence or proof of identity documents
  • take an eye test
  • pay a fee.

If you are upgrading to a multi-combination licence you must also have a medical fitness to drive assessment (PDF, 812KB) at commercial standard from your doctor.

Can I apply or upgrade?

You must have a current Tasmania car or heavy vehicle licence. Further requirements for each class are:

  • light or medium rigid licence - you must:
    • be at least 19 years old, and
    • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner licence) for at least 12 months.
  • heavy rigid licence - you must:
    • be at least 20 years old, and
    • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner licence) for at least 2 years and or a light rigid or medium rigid licence for at least 12 months.
  • heavy combination licence - you must:
    • be at least 20 years old, and
    • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner licence) for at least 2 years and or a medium rigid or heavy rigid licence for at least 12 months.
  • multi-combination licence - you must:
    • be at least 21 years old, and
    • have held a heavy rigid or heavy combination licence for at least 12 months.

The service centre must confirm the time you held your licence if:

  • you held your licence in another state of Australia before transferring to Tasmania, and
  • your Tasmanian licence has been issued for less than the minimum time periods above.

Proving your identity

To prove your identity you must show at least:

  • One category A document and 2 category B documents, or
  • Two category A documents and one category B document.

These documents must:

  • show your current Tasmanian address
  • be the originals (not photocopies or certified copies)
  • be in English or provided with an English translation from an accredited translator.

  • Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate)
  • Australian citizenship papers
  • Australian passport (can be expired up to 2 years)
  • Overseas passport or visa (can be expired up to 2 years if accompanied by a current Australian visa)
  • Australian photo driver licence (can be expired up to 2 years)
  • Australian firearms licence
  • Tasmanian Government personal information card (showing your full name)
  • Department of Home Affairs travel documents or Australian Government issued Immicard
  • Department of Home Affairs certificate of evidence of resident status.

  • Medicare card
  • Bank or credit card, with signature
  • Student identity card with photo, issued by an Australian educational institution
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs or Centrelink - pensioner concession or other current entitlement card issued by the Australian Government
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages change of name/marriage certificate (not a church or celebrant document) or deed poll
  • High risk work licence issued by WorkSafe Tasmania
  • Government issued working with vulnerable people or children card.

If you have changed your address or name

If your name or address is incorrect on your licence or any documents you use to prove your identity, you must show proof of:

  • your address, and/or
  • change of name documents.

To show proof of change of address you must provide one of the following documents:

  • financial institution statement
  • lease or rent agreement
  • council rate notice
  • utility account (electricity, water, sewerage, telephone, gas)
  • land tax valuation notice
  • Australian Taxation Office assessment (current or last financial year)
  • certificate of title.

To show proof of change of name you must provide one of the following documents:

  • adoption paper issued by court
  • divorce paper issued by court, showing your original name
  • change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages or deed poll
  • guardianship order
  • marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (not a church or celebrant issued document).

Body corporate (a company or an incorporated association)

At least one of the documents from the section below must be provided. Additional documents may also be required to prove the current:

  • residential address
  • garage address
  • change of name of the body corporate.

  • Certificate of registration with an Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • Certificate of registration of change of name with an ACN
  • Extract of company with ACN
  • Certificate of registration of foreign company with Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN)
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Written authorisation on letterhead by the issuing authority, stating the Act under which it was established.

  • Certificate of registration of change of name with an ACN
  • Written authorisation on letterhead by the issuing authority, stating the Act under which established.

If you cannot provide the required identity documents, please contact us on 1300 135 513.

How much it costs

It costs $31.89 to apply for or upgrade a heavy vehicle licence. There are no concession fees available.

Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

Payment options

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More Information

You can apply for exemption from the age and experience criteria by completing an application form (PDF, 88KB) and emailing the form to driver.licensing@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.

To apply for an exemption you must:

  • be at least 18 years old, and
  • have held an Australian car licence (other than a learner licence) for at least 12 months.

Please visit Transport Services for more information on applying for or upgrading a heavy vehicle licence.