Work Licence Applications

Anyone convicted of drink driving or drug driving must have their licence disqualified for a certain period of time. If you have been charged with the offences of drink driving or driving with a relevant drug present, you may be eligible to apply for a work licence if you will lose your job and ability to meet your expenses without your licence.

What is a work licence?

A work licence, if your application is successful, allows a Magistrate to order that you be able to continue to drive during your licence disqualification period for the purpose of carrying out the duties of your employment.  This can apply to both employed and self-employed people. 


There are generally restrictions imposed on the order that mean you can only drive between certain hours of the day, for purposes specifically relating to your employment (including travel to and from work).  Other common conditions that may be imposed are that you must keep a logbook of all travel undertaken, you must wear a uniform when driving and that you cannot carry any passengers.  

Common employment situations that can require the need for a work licence are including but not limited to:


  • Self-employment;
  • Obscure working hours that make public transport impractical;
  • Jobs that require equipment or tools to be carried;
  • Jobs that require attendance at multiple locations in a day;
  • Work locations that are not easily accessible from your home.

Eligibility for a work licence

 To be eligible for a work licence, you must meet certain criteria.  These criteria include:

    • You must hold a valid Queensland open drivers licence;
    • You must not be a holder of a provisional licence;
    • Your breath alcohol concentration must be below 0.15%;
    • You must not have been driving for an activity that was directly connected with your employment at the time of the offence
    • Your licence must not have been cancelled or suspended in the last 5 years;
    • You must not have been previously convicted of drink driving, drug driving or dangerous driving in the last 5 years;
    • You must not have been driving a truck, taxi or other special type of vehicles at the time of committing the offence


Our lawyers will review your case and speak with you about your situation to provide you with advice on whether you are eligible to make a work licence application. 

To apply for a work licence, you will need to submit an application form to the court, as well as an affidavit from you and your employer (unless you are self-employed) providing evidence about why you need your licence for your job.  Due to the strict tests under legislation about what a Magistrate needs to be satisfied of to grant a work licence, our lawyers will work with you to prepare these affidavits.  Our lawyers know what information needs to be contained in this material.  Due to the impacts on your livelihood if your work licence application is not successful, it is important to speak to our experienced solicitors to assist you with your application.  A common reason that work licence applications are not successful, is if the affidavits are not correct or do not contain all the relevant information 

The application must be made at the same time as your plea of guilty, it cannot be made retrospectively. 

Coates Davey Solicitors will work with you, one step at a time, to speak with you about the process, provide you with advice about the charge, assist you in making the work licence application and represent you in court.

We provide an upfront fixed fee for work licence applications, so you will not find any hidden charges.  Coates Davey Solicitors regularly represent clients charged with drink driving or drug driving offences, including in applications for work licences, in most courts throughout South East Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Western Regions ons such as Ipswich, Toowoomba and Dalby.

By offering fixed fee amounts for most traffic law representation, you’ll have no surprise bills or unexpected fees.

Contact us today on 07 3180 0180 for a free, no-obligation chat, or email us on [email protected].

Our solicitors have extensive experience in appearing in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.  For traffic matters, we service most Courts in South East Queensland.