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Introduction

If you want to keep your unrestricted car driver licence when you turn 85, you'll need to do a practical driving test every 2 years (at 85, 87, 89, etc). This is in addition to your yearly medical assessment.

You can do the driving test either with:

  • a Transport for NSW (TfNSW) testing officer, or
  • an older driver assessor (these are driving instructors accredited by TfNSW and they charge a fee).

You can find an older driver assessor online.

Eligibility

NSW drivers aged 85 years and older who wish to keep their unrestricted car (class C) driver licence.

If you want to be assessed on your ability to drive a heavy vehicle (licence classes LR, HR, MR, HC or MC) or motorcycle (class R), you must be tested by a TfNSW testing officer.

Note: The test must be taken before your birthday.  

How to find

  1. Select the 'Find an assessor' button.
  2. Enter your suburb, town or postcode.
  3. Select 'Find an assessor'.
  4. Make your selection from the list provided.

More information

  • Make alternative travel arrangements to get home in the event that you don't pass your driving test and your licence is cancelled. You may wish to attend with a support person to drive you home, arrange a taxi or rideshare pick-up, or take public transport.
  • You might find it useful to read the Road User Handbook, or do a refresher course with a driving school, before you do your practical test.
  • There's no limit on the number of older driver assessments you can attempt, but remember that the assessor will charge a fee every time.
  • If your assessor judges that you failed your test with a ‘serious error’, your licence will be cancelled. A serious error is when your driving behaviour is a clear danger to yourself or other road users.
  • If you'd prefer to do your driving test with a TfNSW testing officer, call 13 77 88 or visit your nearest service centre to make a booking. You can have up to 3 attempts at a Transport for NSW driving test and will not be charged a fee.
  • If you do not want or need an unrestricted licence, you can opt for a modified licence, which does not require a practical driving test.
Last updated: 11 October 2022
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