Medically suspended, cancelled, varied and refused licences
Some medical conditions may result in your licence being changed or removed. Find out how to appeal changes to your licence.
Getting notice of a change to your licence
If we cancel, suspend, vary or refuse your licence for medical reasons, you'll receive a letter of notice that includes the:
- start date
- reasons for the decision about your licence
- actions you can take to have the decision withdrawn or lifted (if applicable).
When making this decision we look at:
- your doctor or other medical specialist's advice
- Austroads Fitness to Drive standards
- nature of the driving task (including your licence class).
If the notice asks for more information from your medical specialist, show them your letter of notice and ask them to send us the required information.
Removing a suspension, cancellation, variation or refusal
Apply to remove the suspension, cancellation, variation or refusal by taking the letter of notice to your doctor or specialist.
If you need to provide us with more medical information to get your licence back, the notice will tell you:
- what type of medical specialist to see
- what information they should send us
- whether you need to sit a practical driving assessment
- whether you need to sit a driver knowledge test (computer test) of road knowledge.
We will get back to you as soon as possible with a decision once your medical specialist has sent us their advice. All legal notices are sent by priority post.
Appealing a change to your licence
You have a right to contest the decision to cancel, suspend, vary or refuse your driver licence.
Lodging an appeal won't stop the decision, but may overturn the decision if the court rules in your favour.
You must file the appeal within 28 days of the date of the notice. File the right of appeal online or visit a NSW Local Court.
A fee is payable to the court when lodging an appeal.