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A work licence is a licence that lets you drive for work even though your normal driver licence has been cancelled because of drink driving or a similar offence. A work licence is officially called “a restricted licence under section 87 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995”.
You need to apply to the court for an order for a work licence. If the magistrate gives you an order for a work licence, they can put conditions on the work licence, like the times and purposes for which you can drive – it is a restricted licence. You cannot automatically get a work licence because you need your licence for work. There are strict criteria and the magistrate can refuse your application if the magistrate is not satisfied that you are a fit and proper person to hold a restricted licence.
You may be eligible for a work licence if:
You must be going to plead guilty to one of the following offences:
You will not be eligible for a work licence if you have been charged with driving or being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as these are more serious charges. A blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more is considered to be “under the influence.”
To apply for a work licence you must also be able to tick all the boxes below:
Even if you have ticked all the boxes above, you must also:
If you don’t need your driver licence once you get to your job, but you need it to travel to and from work (eg if there is no public transport available and no one is available to drive you to and from work), you may be eligible for a work licence.
You cannot get a work licence if:
It doesn’t matter how much you need a licence, or how good your reasons are, if you don’t need it to keep your job/s and your income, the court cannot give you any type of licence.
If you’re not sure if you’re eligible for a work licence, get legal advice.
Last updated 12 May 2021