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What is Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR)?

Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) allows a person who is authorised to drive public passenger vehicles (commercial bus, taxi) or a person who holds a driving instructor authority in one state or territory to perform the same activity in another state.

1Who is eligible for AMR?

You are eligible to notify for AMR if you hold a current and valid unrestricted authority to drive a public passenger vehicle or driving instructor authority in another Australian state or territory (other than Queensland or South Australia) and you have not transferred your driver licence to Tasmania.

Anyone intending to nominate for AMR must also have a current Tasmanian Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Registration.

2How do i notify for AMR?

To notify for AMR of your driver authority you must submit:

  • a completed Notification Form
  • a copy of your current PPV authority/Ancillary Certificate or equivalent
  • a copy of your current interstate driver licence (if separate to your PPV authority/Ancillary Certificate)
  • NSW T condition only (if you have not held driver accreditation in Victoria in the last 6 months: a letter from your current Booking Service Provider confirming your suitability or a National Police History Check dated not more than 3 months ago

If you’re notifying for driver authority and have already transferred your driver licence to Tasmania, you should apply as a new applicant Ancillary Certificate to Drive Public Passenger Vehicles.

3Prior to submitting your notification

If you intend to remain in Tasmania for more than 6 months, you should transfer your driver licence to Tasmania only after your Mutual Recognition application has been finalised.

When you have received your Tasmanian driver licence, please email a certified copy of the licence card (or temporary paper licence) to so that we can update our records.

4Driving instructor authorisation

Driving instructors holding the equivalent of Tasmania’s Ancillary Certificate in Driving Instruction from another state or territory in Australia, are eligible to notify for AMR using the same Notification Form.

5What happens after you have submitted your notification?

When the notification form has been received by State Growth you are deemed to have authority and you can begin providing a public passenger vehicle service or provide driving instructor services in Tasmania (whichever is relevant).

You will be notified in writing if there are any changes to your deemed authority or if State Growth requires further information about your notification form.

When providing your service you must comply with the following:

  • you must always have your authority from the interstate/territory with you while driving a public passenger vehicle in Tasmania
  • you must comply with any limits, conditions or undertakings applying to your authority in your original state/territory
  • you must comply with all the condition applying in Tasmania to authority holders. Otherwise, we may take compliance, enforcement or disciplinary action against you

Your AMR authority will be recorded on the public register and can be verified by calling the Driver Licensing Unit on 6166 3237.