Licence classes

The class of licence you need depends on what type of vehicle you wish to drive. All states and territories in Australia have the same licence classes.

Licence class What you can drive
C – Car

Vehicles up to 4.5 tonne Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM). Vehicles that seat up to 12 adults, including the driver. A Class C licence allows you to drive cars, utes, vans, some light trucks, car-based motor tricycles, tractors, and implements such as graders.

See Driver licence for more information.

R – Rider

Motorcycle and scooter riders must have a Class R licence.

See Rider licences for more information.

LR – Light Rigid

Rigid vehicles with a GVM of more than 4.5 tonnes, but not more than 8 tonnes. Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes.

Vehicles up to 8 tonnes GVM which can carry more than 12 adults, including the driver.

There are no restrictions on the number of axles for the LR licence class.

With an LR licence you can also drive any vehicle covered by a Class C licence, but not motorcycles and scooters.

See Heavy vehicle licences for more information.

MR – Medium Rigid

Rigid vehicles with 2 axles and a GVM of more than 8 tonnes. Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes.

With an MR licence you can also drive any vehicle covered by a Class LR licence.

See Heavy vehicle licences for more information.

HR – Heavy Rigid

Rigid vehicle with 3 or more axles and a GVM of more than 8 tonnes. Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes.

Articulated buses.

With an HR licence you can also drive any vehicle covered by a Class MR licence.

See Heavy vehicle licences for more information.

HC – Heavy Combination

Heavy combination vehicles such as articulated vehicles with three or more axles and tow trailer combinations with a GVM more than 9 tonne, including unladen dolly.

With an HC licence you can also drive any vehicle covered by a Class HR licence.

See Heavy vehicle licences for more information.

MC – Multi Combination

Multi combination vehicles such as road trains and B-doubles.

With an MC licence you can also drive any vehicle covered by a Class HC licence.

See Heavy vehicle licences for more information.

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