Hire car licence changes

Following payment of Transition Assistance, changes will be made to hire car licences.

Hire car licences will be issued new conditions and special purpose and restricted hire licences will become Victorian hire car licences.

The table below outlines the changes to hire car, restricted hire and special purpose vehicle types.

All licence holders will receive a letter from the Taxi Services Commission which explains the changes.

Current licence Licence changes/replacement licence to be issued
CH - Country Hire*

Victorian Hire Car

MH - Metropolitan Hire*
RH - Restricted Hire

SV - Special Purpose

*Existing hire car licences will not be revoked, but new licence conditions will be issued

Hire car licence scenarios

If you own a metropolitan or country hire car licence, the following will apply to you.

  • Transition Assistance payments will be made to eligible licence holders.
  • Your licence conditions will change and you will be able to operate across Victoria.
  • Your current licence number and vehicle details will remain the same.
  • You will receive a letter and a new licence certificate with updated conditions in the mail.
  • You can continue to operate your business as usual.

If you own a Special purpose Vehicle (SV) licence, the following will apply to you.

  • Transition Assistance payments will be made to eligible licence holders.
  • Your licence will be revoked.
  • You will be issued with a new Victorian hire car licence and will be permitted to operate across Victoria.
  • Your current vehicle details will be automatically attached to your new licence.
  • You will not be charged for this licence change.
  • You will receive a new licence certificate and licence conditions in the mail.
  • You can continue to operate your business as usual.

If you own a Restricted Hire vehicle (RH) licence, the following will apply to you.

  • Your licence will be revoked.
  • You will be issued with a new Victorian hire car licence and will be permitted to operate across Victoria.
  • Your current vehicle details will be automatically attached to your new licence.
  • You will not be charged for this licence change.
  • You will receive a new licence certificate and licence conditions in the mail.
  • You can continue to operate your business as usual.