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Application for transport service licence

Published: | Category: Driver licensing , Forms | Audience: General

Current application processing times

We have strengthened our compliance processes, including making improvements to what is considered fit and proper behaviour. This requires more in-depth checking and means that any applications with fit and proper or traffic offense concerns will be delayed.

To help minimise delays, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Standard applications (more likely to be processed without delay) are those where the following are met:

  • Application completed correctly
  • All required documents are attached
  • No fit and proper check issues
  • No prior Transport Agency concerns related to driving.

Check the table to see how long it will take us to process your application.

For questions about applying for a transport service licence or a progress update on your current application, email

You must have a transport service licence to operate a:

You'll need to apply at a driving licensing agent with:

You can download the forms below. 

We strongly recommend that you read our factsheet on transport service licences and information on transport service licence labels before you start preparing your application.

Publication details

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  • Published: February 2021
  • Also known as: TL01, TL02, TL03, TL04