Dangerous goods driver licence

A dangerous goods driver licence AND dangerous goods vehicle licence. is required if the vehicle;

  • is carrying any quantity of dangerous goods in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500 litres; or
  • is carrying any receptacle containing more than 500 kilograms of dangerous goods.

Note: a receptacle is a container that holds the dangerous goods substance or article and is in contact with the substance or article. 

A dangerous goods driver licence or vehicle licence is not required if

  • the dangerous goods are in IBCs; and
  • the total capacity of the IBCs on the vehicle is no more than 3000 litres; and
  • no IBC is filled or emptied while on the vehicle.

A current dangerous goods driver licence issued by any state or territory is recognised throughout Australia, and allows you to drive a dangerous goods vehicle in NSW.

To apply for a dangerous goods driver’s licence

You must

  • complete the required training provided by an appropriate registered training organisation (RTO)
  • be certified as medically fit to drive by a general practitioner
  • provide a certified driving history record of satisfactory driving
  • provide a passport-sized photograph and a copy of your vehicle driver’s licence
  • apply online through eConnect, or complete and sign the application form (PDF 670KB)
  • apply (through eConnect or by form) and pay the application fee within 6 months of undertaking the training and the medical assessment

The requirements for satisfactory driving history and medical fitness are provided in eConnect and in the licence application form. If you have had a driving licence disqualified, cancelled or suspended in the last 5 years, contact the EPA before you undertake the training course.

The application fee for a new licence or a renewal is $57. Licences are normally valid for five years, but licences of shorter duration may be issued in certain circumstances. Most licences are issued within 20 working days. 


  • Before applying for your dangerous goods driver licence, you must complete the training course: TLILIC0001 Course in the transport of dangerous goods by road.
  • Find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers the course at Training.gov.au.
  • Check with the RTO that they are authorised to present the course for licensing purposes.

Want to be a trainer?

Email hazardous.materials@epa.nsw.gov.au or call the Environment Line on 131 555 for more information.

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