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To drive a commercial or local bus in Victoria you need a Commercial Passenger Vehicle and Bus Driver Accreditation.

Becoming a bus driver

Accreditation application process

From 1 August 2013, changes to eligibility requirements for accreditation were introduced.

To apply for accreditation, applicants must complete the following application process:

Step 1: Complete application form

To apply, complete one copy of the Application for accreditation to drive a commercial passenger vehicle and private bus booklet, including the medical certificate and vision acuteness certificate.

You are required to submit:

  • Your full and current Victorian driver licence.
  • Proof that you have held a full and current driver licence in an Australian state or territory or in New Zealand for a minimum period of six months.
  • Evidence of entitlement to work in Australia.
  • A current (issued within the last six months) National Police Certificate (NPC). A new online application form for a NPC is available by visiting Victoria Police or alternatively call the Victoria Police information line on 1300 881 596.

Step 2: Lodge application

Lodge your application by mail or in person at the TSC or at a VicRoads office.

Completed applications will be processed in approximately 10-15 business days once received by the TSC.

If approved, your accreditation paperwork will be posted to you. If your application is not successful, you will be notified in writing.

Please contact us on 1800 638 802 for further information.

Step 3: Assessment

We will assess your application, taking into consideration:

  • Our duty of care to the public.
  • The results of your medical examination and vision acuteness test (please note that medical standards to drive a commercial passenger vehicle are higher than those for a private vehicle, therefore your medical assessment may differ to the assessment conducted by VicRoads).
  • Your driving and criminal history and whether there would be an increased risk of re-offending.
  • Your competency to provide the service.

Step 4: Outcome of assessment

If satisfied that your application is acceptable, based on the above criteria, we will issue you a Driver Accreditation and a copy of the Driver Accreditation conditions.

These documents will be mailed to you on approval of your application.

Renewing your Driver Accreditation

You will be sent a renewal form approximately 16 weeks before your driver accreditation expires.

To ensure that your accreditation is renewed before your current driver accreditation expiry date please submit your renewal as soon as possible after you receive it in the mail. 

Renewals submitted with less that 10-15 working days before the current expiry date may not be assessed in time.  If your driver accreditation expires before it is renewed you will not be able to work during this time.

Drivers with specialist medical conditions should provide all medical reports as requested at least 4-6 weeks before their current accreditation is due to expire to avoid disappointment.

To apply for the renewal of your driver accreditation, you need to:

  • Complete and sign the renewal form.
  • Have the medical certificate completed by a registered medical practitioner, which must be less than six months old (please note that medical fitness standards differ in some aspects to those applied by VicRoads for medium and heavy rigid vehicles due to a higher duty of care to the travelling public).
  • Have the visual acuteness certificate completed by a registered medical practitioner or registered optometrist, which must be less than six (6) months old.
  • Lodge the form by mail or in person to the TSC, or in person at a VicRoads office.

Changes to driver accreditation renewal process effective 1 August 2013

If your driver accreditation has expired, you are required to submit a National Police Certificate (NPC) along with your driver accreditation renewal application. The NPC must be an original or certified copy and issued from any federal, state or territory police agency in Australia. The NPC must be less than six months old.

If you allow your driver accreditation to expire by more than three months you cannot apply to renew your accreditation and must submit a new application for driver accreditation. 

Fees

For information on payments, see fees and charges.

Further information

For further information, contact us.