Once you turn 75 there are a few changes to the process for renewing your driver licence:

  • Your new licence will be valid for only 2 to 5 years.
  • The renewal fees are lower – because you’re renewing your licence more often.
  • You need to get a medical certificate from your doctor before you can apply for your licence.

It costs $21.50 to renew your licence.

When do you have to renew?

Drivers must renew their driver licence at age 75, 80 and every 2 years after that.

How to renew your licence

You must renew your driver licence on or before its expiry date if you want to keep driving – but you can't renew it more than 6 months in advance.

We’ll send you a driver licence renewal pack about eight weeks before your licence is due to expire.

Haven’t received your pack? You can download the driver licence application form (DL1), or get it from any driver licensing agent.

To apply to renew your licence you need to visit a driver licensing agent in person.

Download the application form to renew your driver licence [PDF, 202 KB]

Find a driver licensing agent in your area(external link)

What you need to take

  • A completed driver licence application form (DL1). 
  • A current medical certificate issued within the last 60 days – see below for more information.
  • Your current photo driver licence or other acceptable evidence of your identity.
    See the Identification page for more information
  • EFTPOS, credit card or cash to pay for your new licence.

Once your application is complete, you’ll receive a temporary licence which is valid for 21 days. Keep this on you whenever you’re driving until your new driver licence arrives in the mail – within 2 to 3 weeks.

Getting a medical check

You need to get a medical check to renew your licence, so make an appointment with your doctor to get the medical check. After your appointment, your doctor will give you one of the following results:

Medically fit to drive

You're able to drive safely in all conditions. If you're medically fit to drive, your doctor will give you a medical certificate. Take this with you to renew your licence.

Medically fit to drive with conditions

You're able to drive safely, but only if you do, or don't do, specific things. For example, you might need to wear glasses or not drive at night. If you're medically fit to drive with conditions, your doctor will give you a medical certificate with the conditions on it. Take this with you to renew your licence.

Medically fit to drive if a specialist agrees

You need to see a specialist for more testing. Your doctor will tell you what kind of specialist. It could be an optometrist to test your eyes, or an occupational therapist to check you can safely cope with complex driving situations. If you pass, you're able to drive safely and can renew your licence. The specialist will then give you a certificate. Take this with you to renew your licence

Medically fit to drive if you pass an on-road safety test

Your doctor may ask you to do a driving test in a car with a testing officer. You can book this test at a driver licensing agent. If you pass, you're able to drive safely and can renew your licence. The testing officer will then give you a certificate. You can take the test more than once. Take this with you to renew your licence.

Not fit to drive

You're not able to keep yourself and others safe when driving. You can't renew you licence and in some circumstances we'll be advised of this. It's no longer safe or legal for you to drive. Not being able to renew your licence can be upsetting. Take some time to process this news.

Medical conditions and driving

If you have a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive safely, we may need to review your condition and determine whether you can continue to drive. See the Medical reviews and revocations page for more information.

Medical reviews and revocations(external link)

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On-road safety test

The on-road safety test checks you still have a good knowledge of the road rules and continue to use safe driving skills. It takes about 30 minutes.

The testing officer will direct you when to turn, stop and carry out other driving actions. There are no fixed routes – you must be capable of driving on all types of roads and in all traffic situations.

You must drive safely and legally throughout the assessment. The testing officer will score you using a simple yes and no method. You need to get a total score of 80 percent or more to pass the safety test.

Sitting the on-road safety test

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your test.

  • Read our on-road safety test guide
  • Do a refresher session with a driving instructor.
  • Refresh your knowledge of the road code.

Guide to the on-road safety test [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Road code

Ready to book your on-road safety test?

You'll need to visit your nearest driver licensing agent to start your application and book your test.

Find your nearest driver licensing agent

Renewal fees

The licence renewal application fee is $21.50.

If you have to sit an on-road safety test, this is included in your renewal fee. There's no fee to change, cancel or rebook the test if you need to.

Staying safe

Staying safe: a refresher course for senior road users is a classroom-based course that aims to maintain and improve safe driving practices.

During the course you will re-familiarise yourself with traffic rules as well as increase knowledge about other transport options available to keep you mobile for as long as possible.

See if any courses are available in your area

Download Factsheet 57: Senior drivers licence renewal [PDF, 243 KB]

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