Extraordinary driver's licence (E-plates)

Extraordinary driver's licence

An Extraordinary driver's licence (EDL), also known as E-plates, allows you to drive a vehicle for specific purposes when you have been disqualified from holding a driver's licence. You can only obtain an EDL by applying to the appropriate Court. EDLs are issued for up to 12 months.

Is it worth applying for an EDL?

Successful applicants

Assessment and advice$198

It is important to assess your prospects of success before you apply for an EDL. If your application is rejected, the cost will be lost and you will not be able to reapply for 6 months.

At the assessment, we will advise you of your prospects of success and recommend any additional steps that you should take before lodging your application.

Application to the Court


We will prepare your application and represent you at the Court hearing.

Our fixed fee includes:

  • preparing a written statement that contains your evidence and the reasons why the Court should grant you an EDL;
  • preparing for and representing you at a hearing at the Perth Magistrates, District or Supreme Courts.

Our fixed price excludes:

  • Court filing fee for your application ($162.50);
  • travelling time to courts outside the Perth CBD;
  • attendance at an adjourned hearing;
  • your costs of obtaining an EDL from the Department of Transport if your application is successful;
  • other expenses you may incur for obtaining supporting documents (e.g. History for Court document, liver function test).
James Flexman

James Flexman

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Why we are here

Frequently asked questions

What matters will the Court take into account?

The Court's power to grant an EDL is discretionary and is not exercised lightly. You must satisfy the Court that you or a member of your family will suffer severe hardship by being unable to work or obtain urgent medical treatment. Mere inconvenience – for example, having to use public transport or taxis to travel – is not sufficient. If there is severe hardship the Court will then consider:

  • the reason for your disqualification;
  • your subsequent conduct;
  • the risk to the public;
  • your general character; and
  • the general circumstances of your application.

Can I apply for an EDL if I have unpaid fines?

No. You must pay all outstanding fines or reach a time-to-pay arrangement with the Fines Enforcement Registry before you can apply for an EDL.

Can I obtain an EDL if my licence has been suspended for excessive demerit points?

No. Your only option is to take advantage of the 'double or nothing' election.

Will I have to re-sit my practical or theory driving tests?

If your driver's licence has been cancelled because of a disqualification, you will have to re-sit all driving tests. Depending on how long it has been since you were legally allowed to drive and whether there is anything which suggests to the Court that you are an unsafe or unfit driver, the Court may also require you to re-sit a test as a condition of the EDL.

When can I apply?

You must wait at least 21 days after your licence has been suspended before you can apply for an EDL. A longer waiting period applies for the following offences:

Driving under the influence of alcohol  
First offence 21 days
Excess 0.08 with 1 previous conviction 2 months
Excess 0.08 with 2+ previous convictions 3 months
Excess 0.15 with previous minor convictions 3 months
Excess 0.15 with previous convictions 4 months
Other offences  
Failure to comply with police directions (second or subsequent offence) 4 months
Failure to comply with police directions (with two or more previous minor convictions) 3 months
Failure to comply with police directions (with previous minor conviction) 2 months
Driving while impaired by drugs 4 months

A minor conviction means an offence of driving with a blood alcohol content of 8% (but less than 15%) or refusing a preliminary roadside test.