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Probationary and Restricted Licensing

Probationary Licence

Following a court imposed disqualification a customer may be issued with a licence that has certain conditions placed on it.

This is known as a probationary licence.

A Case Manager will make an assessment of the licence holders driving history prior to issuing the licence as a probationary licence and attaching conditions to the probationary licence.

For more information -  Returning Drivers Case Management.

Without limiting the conditions that may be placed on a probationary licence they may include:

  • times when the customer can drive
  • where the customer can drive
  • the maximum number of demerit points allowed
  • a zero blood-alcohol limit
  • licence to be carried at all times when driving
  • or any other condition imposed by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Restricted Licence

A restricted driver licence enables you to continue to drive with certain conditions attached to your licence when you 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 judge of the Supreme Court. Application forms are available from the court or at the website:

You may either prepare and lodge the application yourself or through legal representation. The application form explains the procedures you must take to apply for a restricted driver licence.

Who can get a Restricted Licence?

Restricted driver licences can be issued to:

  • a driver convicted of an offence in an Australian State or Territory and who is disqualified from driving
  • provisional licence holders provided their licence was not cancelled due to an alcohol related offence
  • Australian licence holders provided they are not eligible for a period of good behaviour.

Further information regarding restricted licences and eligibility can be found at:

Who can not get a Restricted Licence?

Restricted driver licences cannot be issued to:

  • learner drivers
  • drivers eligible for a period of good behaviour.

Drivers also need to be aware of the conditions relating to Demerit points.

What do I have to provide for the application?

You will need to undertake the following in person or through legal representation:

You will need to undertake the following in person or through legal representation:

  • provide a completed application to the Court of Petty Sessions
  • ensure the notice of the application is lodged with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles at the Registration and Licensing Services and police prosecution at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the court hearing.

What happens if I get approval?

Following approval of application by the court you will need to provide the following in person at Service Tasmania shops or designated police stations:

  • the court order
  • the current Tasmanian photo licence (can be expired up to 2 years) or Full Evidence of Identity (if licence already returned)
  • your existing photo licence (if not already returned)
  • proof of return of their licence (if already done and not be on the Motor Registry System).

What will I receive?

You will receive at the time of the court hearing the court order (if successful). The court order will detail the conditions under which you can drive (eg the hours you can drive, the vehicle you can drive and any other conditions).

Following issuing of licence by the Registrar you will receive a temporary driver licence.

What will it cost?

You will need to pay the court filing fee and the licence fee.