Have you been asked to provide your driver’s licence or card number for identification purposes? Here’s how to find it.
What is my driver’s licence number?
Your Australian driver’s licence number is a 10 to 11-digit unique number. A licence is required across Australia before you are permitted to drive a motor vehicle on the road.
Every state and territory government has its own licensing scheme, so the rules around issuing driver’s licences vary by jurisdiction.
That being said, licenses are generally recognised and are valid between other states and territories.
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How is an Australian driver’s licence used for ID?
An Australian driver’s licence has become the de facto photo ID that’s used in everyday situations. This is because Australia does not have a national identity card.
Today, licences and photo cards are hologrammed and contain a photograph, signature, the holder’s address, date of birth and a licence number.
Whether you’re setting up your Renter Resume on Rent.com.au or looking to verify your identity, you may use your licence as one of your Australian ID documents. Your passport, birth certificate and Medicare card are other common forms of identification.
Not sure where to find the details on your ID? Here’s what you need to know and where to go for help.
An example of a Victorian Driver’s Licence shows the location of the licence number.
Where can I find my driver’s licence number and card number?
New South Wales
Your NSW licence number appears under ‘Licence No.’ on the front of the card. Find your card number on the same side on the top right.
Your VIC driver’s licence number appears under ‘LICENCE NO.’ on the front of your card.
Your QLD driver’s licence number appears under ‘Licence No.’ on the front of your card.
Your WA driver’s licence number appears under ‘Licence Number’ on the front of your card. The card number can be found on the back.
Your SA driver’s licence number appears under ‘Licence No.’ on the front of your card. The card number can be found on the back.
Your TAS driver’s licence number appears under ‘LIC NO.’ on the front of your card. The card number can be located on the top right on the back of the card.
Your NT driver’s licence number appears under ‘Licence Number’ on the front of your card. Your card number is visible at the bottom of the back of your card.
Australian Capital Territory
Your ACT licence number will appear under ‘Licence No.’ on the front of your card. Your card number appears next to your photo on the card.
What are the licensing authorities in Australia?
|New South Wales||Transport for NSW|
|Queensland||Department of Transport and Main Roads|
|Western Australia||Department of Transport|
|South Australia||Department for Infrastructure and Transport|
|Tasmania||Department for State Growth|
|Northern Territory||Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics|
|Australian Capital Territory||Access Canberra|
What is a driver’s licence card number?
Your driver’s licence card number is a unique identifier updated each time your licence is re-issued.
Your card number is different to your licence number. Your licence number identifies you as an individual, while your card number is used to verify this is your latest card. Until recently, your card number was never used for verification, and will now be used, based on each state’s timeline.
Where is my card number located?
All active and not expired cards for all states have a card number printed. The location of your card number field differs between jurisdictions, and for NT driver’s licences, it can vary depending on the issuing date. Check out the dropdowns above if you need help locating your card number.
NSW digital licences already include the card number. SA is in the process of adding a card number to the SA digital licence. QLD is also in the process of rolling out a digital licence that will include the card number.
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