Driver licensing and vehicle registration is managed by Transport for NSW which also manages the passenger transport licence code (PT Code). In addition to holding a driver licence, a driver of a passenger vehicle must meet medical standards for commercial vehicle drivers.
While it is not compulsory, drivers who wish to drive a taxi or hire vehicle may apply for a passenger transport licence code at a Service NSW centre. Some service providers may have policies that make it a requirement before you are able to drive for them. This is because the passenger transport licence code enables the service provider to more easily undertake checks. Drivers will need to complete the application for a PT Code, provide proof of identification and declare any medical conditions.
To be eligible for a PT Code, a driver must:
- Meet the medical standards for commercial vehicle drivers set out in Assessing Fitness to Drive, published by Austroads. Note: If they declare that they have a medical condition they will be required to provide a medical report, or if the customer declares they have a vision disorder they will be required to provide an eyesight report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist
- Hold an unrestricted NSW driver licence of a term not greater than five years (a person who holds a driver licence of a term greater than five years must be re-issued with a licence of five years or less). Note: If a driver has a 10 year licence, they must be issued with a replacement licence of five years or less. They will be eligible for a refund of the remaining licence fee.
For more information visit the Service NSW website.