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Restricted Licences in Queensland

If you’re facing traffic charges and the possibility of losing your Queensland driver’s licence, there is the possibility of applying for a Work Licence. Find helpful information about applying for such a licence and what you need to be able to provide the Court.

Am I eligible for a work licence?

To be eligible to apply to the Court for a work licence you must meet the following criteria:

  1. you must have held an open Qld licence at the time of the offence;

  2. your blood alcohol reading must be below 0.15;

  3. none of the following have occurred in the last five years before making the application:

    • previously been convicted of a drink driving offence in Qld or any other State or Country which would have been an offence under Qld law;

    • previously having been convicted of dangerous driving of a vehicle under the Criminal Code;

    • having had your provisional licence or open licence suspended or cancelled or been disqualified from holding or obtaining a Qld driver’s licence; and

    • at the time of the offence you were not driving the vehicle in an activity directly related to your means of earning a living.

      Provided you have met the above eligibility criteria then you may be able to apply for a work licence.

If you have not satisfied any one or more of the above criteria you will not be permitted to apply for a work licence, no matter what your circumstances, the law will not permit you to bring an application or to be granted a work licence.

What else must I show to be able to obtain a work licence?

You must also be able to show to the Court that you are a fit and proper person, in all of the circumstances, to be granted a work licence and if you are not granted a work licence that you will lose your job and your income which will cause you to suffer extreme hardship.

What are some examples of circumstances the won't entitle me a work licence?

Unfortunately there are many circumstances which will not enable you to apply for a work licence, even though you may require your licence. These might include:

  1. you are unemployed but looking for a job and need your licence to attend interviews;

  2. you are a student and need your licence to get to and from school, college or university; and

  3. you do not actually need your licence for the purpose of earning your income but need it to drop the kids to school.

What do I need to show to the Court to obtain a work licence?

If you are an employee you will need to provide the Court with an affidavit from yourself and also your employer. The affidavit will need to set out information providing to the Court that you are both a fit and proper person to be granted a work licence, and that without a work licence you will lose your job which will cause you extreme hardship.

If you are self employed and need your licence to earn your living, than your affidavit material will need to set out all of the information necessary to prove to the Court that you are a fit and proper person to be granted a work licence and that without a work licence you will suffer extreme hardship.