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Maintain your driver accreditation

Due to recent changes in legislation, when a driver is granted accreditation, it’s ongoing and doesn’t have an expiry date. Driver accreditation will only expire if it’s cancelled by us or surrendered by the driver.

This means the old Application to renew your driver accreditation form (renewal) will no longer be issued.

Instead, you will need to pay an annual fee, and complete (and pass) a medical assessment every three years, to ensure your driver accreditation remains current.

If you hold a conditional accreditation (you were previously required to complete a renewal every year) you will need to continue to pass an annual medical assessment.

You will be sent approximately 90 days before your annual fee is due:

  • a medical assessment form to complete
  • your annual fee invoice
  • a request for relevant specialist report/s, if required.

If you require specific information see a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

Delayed issue of annual fee invoices

Currently we are not issuing any annual fee invoices while we resolve a procedural issue.

Please note that you do not need to take any action until you receive your invoice. In the meantime, if you wish to check that your accreditation remains active, please search the Public Register.

Your driver accreditation remains valid (even if the fee date on your driver certificate has passed) unless you surrender it, or it is cancelled by us.

Once we have resolved the procedural issue, we will resume sending annual fee invoices. When you receive your invoice, you will need to pay the annual fee by the due date, otherwise your driver accreditation may be cancelled.

Drivers with one year conditional driver accreditation

If you hold a conditional accreditation, we will write to you to request the relevant medical reports you are required to provide annually.

Your invoice will be issued once the procedural issue is resolved.

You will be contacted directly by our Accreditation and Registration team soon.

Driver accreditation Annual Fee and Medical Assessment form

Drivers whose accreditation was due to expire between 8 September 2018 and 30 June 2019 will receive a driver accreditation Annual Fee and Medical Assessment form. This form replaces the ‘renewal’ application form. A sample of it can be found below.

Medical assessments

To complete the medical assessment, you’ll need to:

  1. Attend a medical appointment and have the registered medical practitioner complete the medical assessment part of the form. Your doctor may ask you to complete a driver health questionnaire form PDF, 70.3 KB to help them make their assessment.
  2. Return the completed medical form via mail to Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, GPO Box 1716, Melbourne VIC 3001.

The medical assessment must be carried out following the national medical standards described in the current assessing fitness to drive guidelines on the Austroads website.

These guidelines detail the examination process and the medical criteria for assessing a person’s fitness to drive. Driver accreditation applicants must meet the commercial vehicle driver standards.

You are responsible for any costs incurred completing these medical assessments.

You must complete and return the medical assessment to us by the due date to avoid your accreditation being suspended or cancelled.

Driver accreditation medical assessments may take up to 10 business days to process. It’s highly recommended that you submit your applications early to avoid delays.

Annual Fee

You must pay your annual driver accreditation fee by the due date on the invoice to avoid your accreditation being suspended or cancelled.

If, after 28 days, payment has still not been received, your driver accreditation may be cancelled.

If your driver accreditation is cancelled, you will need to make a new application.

Drivers who held accreditation prior to 2 July 2018

If you held current/valid driver accreditation prior to 2 July 2018, your accreditation will automatically change to ongoing accreditation. You don’t need to reapply.

You will be sent an annual fee invoice when you are next required to make a payment.

You will still be required to complete either yearly or three yearly medical assessments, along with any medical specialist reports that are requested by us.

All required documents must be sent to us prior to the invoice due date for your accreditation to be maintained.

If you require further information see a list of answers to frequently asked questions.