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Getting a Licence Back

When your licence is suspended you will receive information from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles (you need to ensure we have your correct postal address), advising you of when your suspension period starts and what you need to do when the suspension period finishes.

Getting a licence back after a period of suspension

Full Licence holders will be sent their surrendered licence in the mail prior to the suspension finishing, however you are still unable to drive until after midnight on the date the suspension finishes. You will only receive your licence back if you surrendered it and we have your current postal address.

If you do not receive your licence, the following business day after the suspension has ended you must visit a Service Tasmania shop or designated Police Station to apply for a duplicate licence.

You must provide full Evidence of Identity and pay the duplicate licence fee.

Provisional or Learner Licence holders will not receive their surrendered licence in the mail as the provisional licence dates or earliest assessment dates (for learners) will change. The following business day after the suspension has ended you must visit a Service Tasmania shop or designated Police Station to apply for a duplicate licence.

You must provide full Evidence of Identity and pay the duplicate licence fee.

Information is available regarding Period of Good Behaviour.

Reapplying for a licence after a period of disqualification or ineligibility

When your licence is disqualified, you will be written to by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles 28 days before the end of your disqualification letting your know what you need to do to have your licence reissued. Your licence will not be reissued automatically.

Depending on your driving history and most recent conviction(s) you may be subject to the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program. You may also be required to:

  • Undertake a medical assessment
  • Provide a letter showing cause as to why you should hold a driver licence
  • Undertake a Road Rules knowledge test
  • Undertake a practical driving assessment

If you have been asked to provide further information, when this has been received your application will be assessed and you will be advised of the outcome in writing. You may lodge your application yourself or through legal representation.

If you are notified that your licence is approved, and your disqualification period has ended you can go to any Service Tasmania shop to have your licence reissued. You must pay a licence processing fee plus the standard driver licence fee and provide Evidence of Identity.

Licence Conditions

The Registrar of Motor Vehicles may impose conditions on how, when and where you can drive. You will be advised in writing if any conditions have been imposed upon approval of your application. Certain conditions may be:

  • times when you can drive
  • where you can drive
  • the maximum number of demerit points allowed
  • a zero blood-alcohol limit
  • restricted to driving for set purpose only such as employment or education

Restricted driver licences

A restricted licence enables a customer to continue to drive with certain conditions attached to their licence when they would not otherwise be entitled to drive. The issue of a restricted driver licence is approved by a Magistrate of the Court of Petty Sessions or a Judge in the Supreme Court. Application forms are available from the court.

Customers may prepare and lodge the application themselves or through legal representation. The application explains the procedures they must follow, see restricted driver licences for more information.

What do I have to provide?

For a suspended licence where the licence card is not returned and for suspended provisional or learner licence holders.

  • complete an application form
  • provide full Evidence of Identity have your photograph taken and provide your signature.

For a disqualification period of 5 years or less:

For a disqualification period greater than 5 years:

What will I receive?

  • receipt for fees paid
  • receipted temporary driver licence, which is valid for 21 days
  • X condition attachment if applicable
  • a photo licence through the mail, which you should receive within 21 days from payment of the licence

What will it cost?

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