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About passenger transport driver authorisations

What is driver authorisation?

A driver authorisation is a qualification required by drivers of motor vehicles used to provide a particular public passenger service.

The purpose of driver authorisation is to maximise public confidence in relation to the drivers of public passenger vehicles. This purpose includes ensuring drivers of public passenger vehicles are suitable persons, having regard to the safety of children and other vulnerable members of the community, the personal safety of passengers and their property, public safety and the reputation of public passenger transport.

Classes of driver authorisation

There are various classes of driver authorisation. A driver must hold the class applicable to the service being provided. A driver may hold more than 1 class.

Class of driver authorisation Driver authorisation code Required by drivers of:
Booked Hire / Taxi BHTX
TAXI*
LIMO*
Any of the above codes are acceptable
Booked hire, taxi and limousine services.
*New applicants must apply for Booked Hire/Taxi driver authorisation. Existing driver authorisation holders with a TAXI or LIMO code will be transitioned to the BHTX code upon renewal. The TAXI and LIMO codes are being phased out.
General GENR Any passenger transport service that does not fall into another class, including for example: charter bus, tourist (other than motorcycle), tourist transfer, accommodation transfer, unscheduled long distance, and scheduled passenger services other than general route or school services.
Scheduled SCHE General route services and school services.
Motorcycle tourist TRMC Motorcycle, motor tricycle or motorcycle and sidecar tourist services.
Restricted RSTR or any driver authorisation code above Community or courtesy services.
Restricted driver authorisation can only be issued by the operator of the service. Community or courtesy services may be provided under any category of driver authorisation.

For more information about each class of driver authorisation including application and fee requirements please read the information bulletin for the relevant class of driver authorisation.

Checking currency and class of driver authorisation

The Driver Authorisation Public Register, previously known as the Passenger Transport Driver Authorisation System (PTDAS), is a free online service that allows the currency and classes of driver authorisation to be checked.

The register does not contain any personal information and only confirms the currency and classes of a driver authorisation number.

The currency of a driver authorisation can be checked on the Driver Authorisation Public Register.

More information

For further information concerning driver authorisations, click on the links below or contact your nearest passenger transport office.

Last updated
03 May 2018