Licence exemptions

Find out if you're eligible for any licence exemptions and how to apply.

Upload and submit your exemption forms online

From 1 August 2016, applications for licence exemptions will only be accepted by uploading and submitting your forms online.

There are two types of 120 hours supervised driving exemptions:

1. Hardship

Your application will be considered if the nature of your employment, or your education or family circumstances means that 120 hours of supervised driving would cause you or your family undue hardship. 

2. Previous Experience

Your application will be considered if you have sufficient previous driving experience (interstate and overseas experience will be considered). 

Step 1: Eligibility for your exemption to be considered

You can only apply for this exemption if you:

  • hold a current and valid learner permit issued on or after 1 July 2007
  • are under 21 years old at the time of applying for your probationary licence
  • have a clean driving record
  • can demonstrate undue hardship or provide proof of previous driving experience.

Step 2: Prepare the correct forms and documents for your exemption

The form you use will depend on the category of exemption. Download and complete the relevant 120 hours of supervised driving exemption form:

You’ll need to provide us with electronic copies of supporting documents to demonstrate the reason for your exemption. 

Hardship exemption:

To support your application, you can provide:

  • education: a letter from your educational institution or course coordinator verifying your student status, dates and times of attendance and identifying the hardship
  • employment: a letter from your employer verifying your employment and identifying the hardship
  • family circumstances: a letter from a relevant authority (medical practitioner, parish priest etc) describing the impact on the family.

Previous driving experience exemption:

To support your application, you need to provide proof of previous driving experience.

Step 3: Submit your application to us

When you’ve completed your exemption application form and have your supporting documents, you'll need to submit them to us for processing. 

You can submit the paperwork by uploading your form and supporting documents online.

When you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email from us. This email will include an application reference number and contact details.

Step 4: Outcome of your exemption application

We’ll contact you within 15 business days of receiving your application. If you don't get a response after this time, please call 13 11 71 and provide us with your driver licence or learner permit number and the exemption application number.

We’ll notify you via email of the outcome of your application. Any exemption granted may result in us imposing conditions on your driver licence for a specified time. 
Conditions may include:

  • limiting the number of passengers you can carry
  • limiting your travel routes and distances
  • restricted driving times in the day
  • restricted driving days of the week. 

There are no reviews of rejected exemption applications.

Effect of licence cancellation or suspension

If your driver licence is cancelled or suspended, any exemption may be withdrawn. This will have an impact on your licence when it is reissued or the suspension ends. If we decide to withdraw the exemption, you will be notified in writing and given an opportunity to show why you should be permitted to retain the exemption. If you don’t respond to the notice within the required time, the exemption will be withdrawn without further notice.

Find out if you're eligible for a heavy vehicle licence exemption (External link) and how to apply.

There are two types of minimum learner permit holding time exemption:

1. Hardship

Your application will be considered if the nature of your employment, or your education or family circumstances means that the normal minimum holding time would cause you or your family undue hardship. 

2. Previous experience

Your application will be considered if you have sufficient previous driving experience (interstate and overseas experience will be considered*). 

*Note: You don’t need to apply for an exemption if:

  • you’ve already held an interstate or overseas learner permit for the minimum time required to apply for a Victorian licence, and 
  • your interstate or overseas learner permit was current (not expired etc) when you obtained a Victorian learner permit.

You can bring in your interstate or overseas learner permit to a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. You will need to make an appointment. Your learner permit needs to be in English or accompanied by an English translation which must be NAATI approved. Please call us on 13 11 71 for more information.   

Step 1: Eligibility for your exemption to be considered

You can only apply for an exemption if you:

  • hold a current Victorian learner permit
  • have a clean driving record
  • can demonstrate undue hardship or provide proof of previous driving experience.

Step 2: Prepare the correct forms and documents for your exemption

The form you use will depend on the category of exemption.

Download and complete the relevant learner permit minimum holding time exemption application form:

You’ll need to provide us with electronic copies of supporting documents to demonstrate the reason for your exemption. 

Hardship exemption

To support your application, you can provide:

  • education: a letter from your educational institution or course coordinator verifying your student status, dates and times of attendance and identifying the hardship
  • employment: a letter from your employer verifying your employment and identifying the hardship
  • family circumstances: a letter from a relevant authority (medical practitioner, parish priest etc) describing the impact on the family.

Previous driving experience exemption

To support your application, you need to provide:

  • documentation that supports your previous driving experience
  • payment of $60.10 (VISA or Mastercard) plus a card payment fee (0.54%) when you submit your application.

Step 3: Submit your application to us

When you’ve completed your exemption application form and have your supporting documents, you'll need to submit them to us for processing. 

You can submit the paperwork by uploading your form and supporting documents online (External link) 

When you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email from us. This email will include an application reference number, contact details and receipt number (if payment was made). 

Step 4: Outcome of your exemption application

We’ll contact you within 15 working days of receiving your application. If you don't get a response after this time, please call 13 11 71 and provide us with your driver licence or learner permit number and the exemption application number.

We’ll notify you in writing of the outcome of your application. Any exemption granted may result in us imposing conditions on your driver licence for a specified time. 

Conditions may include:

  • limiting the carriage of passengers
  • limiting your travel routes and distances
  • restricted driving times in the day
  • restricted driving days of the week. 

There are no reviews or refunds of rejected exemption applications.

Effect of licence cancellation or suspension

If your driver licence is cancelled or suspended, any exemption may be withdrawn. This will have an impact on your licence when it is reissued or the suspension ends. If we decide to withdraw the exemption, you will be notified in writing and given an opportunity to show why you should be permitted to retain the exemption. If you don’t respond to the notice within the required time, the exemption will be withdrawn without further notice.

An exemption for passenger restriction can be granted on the grounds of hardship.

Your application will be considered if the nature of your employment, or your education or family circumstances means that the peer passenger restriction would cause you or your family undue hardship. 

Step 1: Eligibility for your exemption to be considered

You can only apply for an exemption if you:

  • hold a P1 probationary driver licence with an imposed passenger restriction 
  • can demonstrate undue hardship.

Step 2: Prepare the correct forms and documents for your exemption

Download and complete the passenger restriction exemption form [PDF 49 Kb].

You’ll need to provide us with electronic copies of supporting documents to demonstrate the reason for your exemption.

Hardship exemption:

To support your application you can provide:

  • education: a letter from your educational institution or course coordinator verifying your student status, dates and times of attendance and identifying the hardship
  • employment: a letter from your employer verifying your employment and identifying the hardship
  • family circumstances: a letter from a relevant authority (eg medical practitioner, parish priest etc) describing the impact on the family.

Step 3: Submit your application to us

When you’ve completed your exemption application form and have your supporting documents, you'll need to submit them to us for processing. 

You can submit the paperwork by uploading your form and supporting documents online. 

When you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email from us. This email will include an application reference number and our contact details. 

Step 4: Outcome of your exemption application

We’ll contact you within 15 working days of receiving your application. If you don't get a response after this time, please call 13 11 71 and provide your driver licence number and exemption application number.

We’ll notify you in writing of the outcome of your application. Any exemption granted may result in us imposing conditions on your driver licence for a specified time. 

Conditions may include:

  • limiting your travel routes and distances
  • restricted driving times in the day
  • restricted driving days of the week. 

There are no reviews of rejected exemption applications.

Effect of licence cancellation or suspension

If your driver licence is cancelled or suspended, any exemption may be withdrawn. This will have an impact on your licence when it is reissued or the suspension ends. If we decide to withdraw the exemption, you will be notified in writing and given an opportunity to show why you should be permitted to retain the exemption. If you don’t respond to the notice within the required time, the exemption will be withdrawn without further notice.

An exemption for peer passenger restriction can be granted on the grounds of hardship.

Your application will be considered if the nature of your employment, or your education or family circumstances means that the peer passenger restriction would cause you or your family undue hardship. 

Step 1: Eligibility for your exemption to be considered

You can only apply for an exemption if you:

  • hold a P1 probationary driver licence with an imposed peer passenger restriction 
  • can demonstrate undue hardship.

Step 2: Prepare the correct forms and documents for your exemption

Download and complete the peer passenger restriction exemption form [PDF 49 Kb].

You’ll need to provide us with electronic copies of supporting documents to demonstrate the reason for your exemption. 

Hardship exemption:

To support your application you can provide:

  • education: a letter from your educational institution or course coordinator verifying your student status, dates and times of attendance and identifying the hardship
  • employment: a letter from your employer verifying your employment and identifying the hardship
  • family circumstances: a letter from a relevant authority (eg medical practitioner, parish priest etc) describing the impact on the family.

You'll need to pay $60.10 (VISA or Mastercard) plus a card payment fee (0.54%) when you submit your application.

Step 3: Submit your application to us

When you’ve completed your exemption application form and have your supporting documents, you'll need to submit them to us for processing. 

You can submit the paperwork by uploading your form and supporting documents online (External link).
 
When you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email from us. This email will include an application reference number and our contact details. 

Step 4: Outcome of your exemption application

We’ll contact you within 15 working days of receiving your application. If you don't get a response after this time, please call 13 11 71 and provide us with your driver licence and the exemption application number.

We’ll notify you in writing of the outcome of your application. Any exemption granted may result in us imposing conditions on your driver licence for a specified time. 

Conditions may include:

  • limiting your travel routes and distances
  • restricted driving times in the day
  • restricted driving days of the week. 

There are no reviews of rejected exemption applications.

Effect of licence cancellation or suspension

If your driver licence is cancelled or suspended, any exemption may be withdrawn. This will have an impact on your licence when it is reissued or the suspension ends. If we decide to withdraw the exemption, you will be notified in writing and given an opportunity to show why you should be permitted to retain the exemption. If you don’t respond to the notice within the required time, the exemption will be withdrawn without further notice.

 

This exemption allows a probationary licence holder to drive a probationary prohibited vehicle. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply.

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