Wheelchairs requiring registration are registered as a light vehicle or motorcycle, with conditions depending on how they are constructed. Drivers of registered wheelchairs require either a car or motor cycle licence to drive a wheelchair on public streets (including footpaths).
Licence required if wheelchair exceeds 10 km/h
A licence is required if the wheelchair can exceed a speed of 10 km/h. Information on registering wheelchairs can be found at Wheelchairs.
Class of licence
Special wheelchair licences are no longer required. The class of licence will be either C or R depending on whether the wheelchair is registered as a car or a motor cycle. Registration depends on the configuration and handling characteristics of the vehicle.
Existing car or motorcycle licence
If a customer already holds a Class C or Class R driver licence they do not need a separate licence for the wheelchair. If the customer does not have a current licence, the new licence will have a condition indicating that the customer is restricted to operating a wheelchair only.
You will need to provide
- a medical report from a general practitioner stating that the customer is medically fit to drive
- provide a supporting letter from a parent/guardian, carer or occupational therapist that certifies the customer can drive the wheelchair safely
- complete an application form
- provide their current Tasmanian licence (can be expired up to 2 years) or Full Evidence of Identity
You will receive
- a licence if applicable
- a receipt for fees paid if applicable.
You will need to pay a licence fee if applicable.