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Home > Tips and Hints > Trip planning and safety > Road Rules and Safety > Driver's Licences special conditions

Special Driver’s Licence renewal conditions may apply in your state for senior drivers (depending on the state) and those with certain medical conditions.  Special requirements may occur at the age of 70 or 80 according to the state.  Victoria and Northern Territory do not have any special conditions for age, but certain medical conditions may have to be declared.  This applies in all states regardless of age. 

 

Fitness to drive in Australia - free download 

 

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task requiring perception, good judgment, responsiveness and reasonable physical capability. A range of medical conditions, as well as treatments, may therefore impair driving ability. Common examples include:

• Blackouts

• Cardiovascular conditions

• Diabetes

• Dementia and cognitive impairment

• Seizures and epilepsy

• Other neurological conditions

• Musculoskeletal conditions

• Psychiatric conditions

• Sleep disorders

• Alcohol and other substance misuse

• Vision and eye disorders

Just because people have a disease or condition that might affect their driving, doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to drive at all. It might mean that they have to see their doctor more often to check that their illness is well managed and it might mean that there are some restrictions placed on their driving.

 

For more about the requirement of senior drivers and those with specified medical conditions, the following links for each state can be used. 

 

Senior drivers in Western Australia

Seniors over 80 to 84

Seniors over 85

 

Reporting medical conditions in Western Australia

 

 

Senior drivers in New South Wales

 

Driving with medical conditions in New South Wales

 

 

Senior drivers in Queensland

 

Reporting medical conditions in Queensland

 

 

Senior drivers in South Australia  Assessments are required after the age of 70.

 

Reporting medical conditions in South Australia

 

 

Senior drivers in Victoria

 

Reporting medical conditions in Victoria

 

 

Seniors in Tasmania

 

Reporting medical conditions in Tasmania

 

 

Seniors in ACT: On reaching 75 years of age, drivers must provide an annual medical certificate signed by their doctor or a Medibank Health Solutions Medical Officer to confirm that the driver continues to be medically fit to drive.

 

Reporting medical conditions in Australian Capital Territory

 

 

Self assessment for senior drivers in the Northern Territory

 

Reporting medical conditions in Northern Territory

 

 

Drivers Licence renewal provisions for those with specified medical conditions and for senior drivers

 

 

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