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If you want to teach driving to non-learners (post-licence tuition) in return for a fee or other compensation, you need to hold a restricted driving instructor’s licence. Applying for this licence involves a number of steps, including police checks, an instructor training course, and an assessment.

The first step is to submit the driving instructor's licence application form, and you can do this at a service centre.


You must:

  • be aged 21 years or older
  • hold a current Australian driver licence
  • have held the equivalent class of unrestricted licence in which you want to instruct, for a minimum of 3 of the last 4 years
  • hold a WWCC number.

What you need

  • your proof of identity
  • a medical practitioner to complete the medical check section of the form
  • eye specialist or optometrist's report (if applicable)
  • your driver licence
  • your Working With Children Check (WWCC) number 
  • if you haven't held a NSW driver licence for more than 3 years, you'll need to provide a full driving record/history from the authority in the state or country where you previously held your driver licence
  • your contact lenses or glasses (if applicable)
  • 4 passport size photographs
  • the PDF form – 'Application for Licence under Driving Instructors Act 1992'.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Download and complete the Application for Licence under Driving Instructors Act 1992 – PDF but don't sign it until you visit a service centre.
  3. Make sure you have all the required documentation and any additional items (if applicable).
  4. Visit a service centre and submit your application.

More information

  • Your signature on the form has to be witnessed, so don't sign until you attend the service centre.
  • The restricted driving instructor's licence is issued with the condition 'Restricted licence, the licensee is not permitted to instruct people who hold a learner driver licence' displayed on the front of the licence.
  • When you apply for or renew a licence card or Photo Card at a service centre, it will be posted to you at no extra cost, generally within 5 working days.
  • If you haven’t received your card through the mail within 10 days, contact Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on 13 22 13.
  • Renewal notices are mailed generally within 6 weeks of the card's expiry date giving you plenty of time to plan ahead and renew early.
  • For driver licence renewals or applications a receipt is provided which allows people to drive until the card arrives in the mail. The receipt is valid for 30 days.
  • Further information about centralised photocard printing is available on the TfNSW website.

Payment methods

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