Getting and keeping your licence

Learn how to get your licence if you have or develop a disability. 

How to apply for and maintain your licence.

If you have a long term, permanent disability, you may need to meet certain conditions to get and maintain your licence. A disability includes any kind of physical or other functional limitation, including:

  • Permanent disabilities (caused by amputation, injury, medical or congenital conditions)
  • Other long term conditions that affect your thinking abilities or behaviour (e.g. associated with a head injury, medical or congenital condition).

Getting your licence

If you have a disability and you want to drive, you’ll need to: 

  • meet the standard requirements for getting your learner permit, probationary licence or full licence
  • declare your disability or chronic long term medical condition on your learner permit or licence application form
  • provide a medical report with information about your disability or medical condition (find out more about medical reviews).

Here is a fact sheet that summarises learning to drive with a disability[PDF 214Kb] 

Once you’ve got your learner permit, you might want to work with an occupational therapist to try out different adaptive equipment, training techniques or vehicle modifications to find out what helps you drive best. 

Once you get your driver licence, your modifications will be included as a condition on your licence.

Driving with a temporary disability

If you have a temporary disability (such as a broken arm or leg), you may be able to keep driving but it’s important to make sure you’re able to drive safely. Speak to your doctor to find out if it’s safe for you to drive. 

If you develop a permanent disability

If you develop a permanent disability or medical condition that could affect your ability to drive, you must notify VicRoads. Drivers are legally required to report to VicRoads any medical conditions that could impact their ability to drive.

In many cases, you’ll be able to keep driving with some modifications to your car and licence conditions

Find out what happens after you notify VicRoads.

If your disability improves

If your physical or other disability improves, you can have your situation reviewed by the VicRoads Medical Review team. 

If appropriate, the conditions on your licence or learner permit might be removed or updated.

Get support

Find out where you can get practical and financial support.

 

 

 

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