Apply for driver accreditation

Who is this for

People who:

  • hold a current unrestricted South Australian driver’s licence
  • have been driving for a minimum of six months in Australia
  • want to drive public passenger vehicles such as taxis, rideshare vehicles, chauffeured vehicles and buses.

Anyone wanting to provide rideshare services must also obtain operator accreditation.

What you'll need

When applying for driver accreditation you are required to provide:

If applying for taxi driver accreditation you must also successfully complete a taxi driver training course conducted by an approved taxi training provider. Your certificate of completion must be presented with your application for driver accreditation.

Register to attend an information session at one of the registered training providers.

Applicants for motorcycle or horse-drawn driver accreditation should contact the ALC on 7109 8117 for information regarding course and application requirements.

Where your working with children check indicates you are prohibited from working with children you will NOT be granted accreditation.

Your application is unlikely to be successful if:

  • your national criminal history check includes convictions for serious offences
  • you have a history of driving offences, licence disqualification or suspension(s).

If your national criminal history check has not been issued for the purpose of 'driver accreditation/licensing' your application will NOT be considered.

Application checklist

Before submitting your application check that you have attached:

  • your fully completed application for driver accreditation form
  • a copy of your working with children check
  • a copy of your national criminal history check
  • your certificate of fitness – commercial vehicle drivers completed by your doctor (or treating specialist)

taxi drivers only:

  • a copy of your taxi driver training course completion certificate

motorcycle riders only:

  • a copy of your certificate of completion – commercial operator motorcycle course

If you fail to lodge the required documents or provide incomplete documents your application for driver accreditation will NOT be considered.

Submitting your application

Your application for driver accreditation is assessed by the Accreditation and Licensing Centre.

Lodge your completed application:



Accreditation and Licensing Centre
PO Box 9
Marleston BC 5033

In person

Accreditation and Licensing Centre
71 Richmond Road
Mile End

What happens next?

If your application is approved you will need to have your photo taken. Your photo accreditation card is then manufactured and posted to you.

In some cases an application may require a more detailed assessment and/or further clarification of the content of your application. Should your application be declined, or if you’re required to attend an interview you will be contacted by the Accreditation and Licensing Centre.

Taxi driver training course

Applicants who wish to be an accredited taxi driver in metropolitan Adelaide must successfully complete training through a registered training provider .

Course participants will be assessed on:

  • knowledge of Adelaide
  • professional development training
  • English - sufficiently competent in speaking, reading and writing English
  • hours of driving.

On completion of training you will receive a certificate of completion. A copy of your certificate must be provided to the Accreditation and Licensing Centre, allowing you to apply for your 12 month trainee taxi driver accreditation.

You will need to hold your trainee driver accreditation for a minimum of six months before you can apply for permanent taxi driver accreditation. To get that you will need to:

  • complete the hours of driving
  • professional development training
  • pass a final assessment with your training provider within the 12 month period.

If you have been a taxi driver interstate or have similar experience this may be recognised as part of your required training. Discuss this with your training provider.

Taxi driver training providers

Access Training Centre (Adelaide)

7 La Salle St
Dudley Park

Phone: 8169 9800

Suburban Taxis

432 Churchill Rd

Phone: 131 008

Taxi Council of South Australia (including Access Taxi training)

71 Richmond Rd
Mile End

Phone: 8301 8400

13CABS Taxi Training

774-778 South Rd

Phone: 7087 9300

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