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Automatic vehicle

Customers who successfully undertake a practical driving test in an automatic vehicle are issued a licence restricting them to driving only automatic vehicles for that particular class. An automatic vehicle only condition recorded on an interstate or overseas driver licence will also be recorded on a Tasmanian driver licence upon transfer. An 'automatic only' condition is recorded on a customer's licence and covers a range of vehicle types:

Motor Car Condition A
Medium Rigid (LR/MR) Condition A1
Heavy Rigid (HR) Condition A2

Customers can be restricted to driving an automatic truck, but still drive a manual car if they sat their driving test for a car in a manual vehicle. There are situations where the holder of a Car driver licence (either expired or current) is required to undertake a driving test including non-recognised country, call in, expired greater than five years and disqualified licence driving tests.

In these cases if the applicant's existing driver licence is not restricted to automatic vehicle only, regardless of what type of vehicle they are tested they will not have an automatic vehicle only condition recorded on the issue/re-issue of the Tasmanian driver licence.


Removing an automatic condition - Tasmanian driver licence

Car

If an automatic vehicle only condition has applied to a minimum period of three (3) years (not including periods of licence suspension or disqualification), it can be removed from the licence on request. If the automatic only condition has not applied for at least three (3) years, the customer will need to successfully undertake a driving test in a manual motor vehicle for it to be removed.

Heavy Vehicles and Motorcycles

Customers wishing to remove an automatic vehicle only condition are required to undertake relevant testing through an External Service Provider.

Condition Issued Due to Medical Reasons

Customers are required to provide a medical report from a suitably qualified practitioner specifying why the condition no longer applies.


Removing an automatic condition - interstate and overseas driver licence

Interstate

If an automatic only condition is recorded, it will transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  If a request is made to remove the condition, written advice from the relevant interstate licensing jurisdiction will be required to confirm that it has applied for at least three years (not including periods of licence suspension/disqualification).  If the condition has applied for a period greater than three years, it will not transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  If the condition has not applied for at least three years, the licensee will be required to undertake and pass a driving test in a manual motor vehicle for it to be removed.

Recognised overseas licence

If an automatic only condition is recorded, it will transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  To remove the condition the applicant needs to make a written application to the Registration and Licensing Branch, who will undertake enquiries with the relevant authorities.  If the condition has applied for a period greater than three years it will not transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  If the condition has not applied for at least three years, the licensee will be required to undertake and pass a driving test in a manual motor vehicle for it to be removed.

Non-Recognised overseas licence

If an automatic only condition is recorded, it will transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  To remove the condition the applicant can either be tested in a manual motor vehicle (as part of the application process), or make a written application to the Registration and Licensing Branch who will undertake enquiries with the relevant authorities.  If the applicant successfully undertakes a driving test in a manual motor vehicle, the automatic only condition will not transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  If the applicant applies to the Registration and Licensing Branch for removal of the condition, if it has applied for a period greater than three years it will not transfer to the Tasmanian driver licence.  If the automatic only condition has not applied for at least three years, the licensee will be required to undertake and pass a driving test in a manual motor vehicle to remove the condition.

Heavy Vehicles and Motorcycles

Customers wishing to remove an automatic vehicle only condition from an interstate or overseas driver licence are required to undertake relevant testing through an External Service Provider.


Practising driving a manual vehicle

Car

Customers who are required to undertake a driving test to remove an automatic only condition on their Car driver licence can practice driving a manual vehicle without the requirement to hold a learner licence.  The person must be accompanied by a licensed driver who holds a basic manual Car licence (not provisional or restricted), and must adhere to the standard learner licence requirements (maximum 80kph, display 'L' plates, zero blood alcohol whilst driving etc).

Heavy Vehicle

Customers undertaking a driving test to remove an automatic only condition from a heavy vehicle driver licence can practice driving a manual heavy vehicle without the requirement to hold a learner licence.  The person must be accompanied by a licensed driver who has held a manual heavy vehicle licence in the relevant class for at least twelve months (not a restricted licence), and adhere to the standard learner licence requirements (maximum 80kph, display 'L' plates, zero blood alcohol whilst driving etc).


Customer provides

The customer needs to undertake the following through Service Tasmania shops or designated police stations:

  • if applicable, make a booking to undertake the practical driving test
  • bring their driver licence on the day of their test
  • surrender their licence on passing the test
  • complete an application for a licence print
  • pay the required photo fee
  • have their photograph taken

Customer receives

  • a licence with the automatic condition removed
  • a receipt for fees paid if applicable.
Payment

The customer needs to pay a fee.