Restricted Work Licence in QLD

The Licence

A work licence (restricted work licence in Qld or section 87 licence) is a licence granted by a court (following a drink or drug driving offence) allowing individuals to drive between a set of hours, to and from their place of work and for work duties. A work licence is strictly not allowed to be used for any personal errands or outside of the hours dictated.


To apply for a work licence you must satisfy the following conditions:

  • at the time of the offence, you held a current Queensland open driver licence
  • at the time of the offence, you were not driving for your job
  • at the time of the offence you were not already driving under a work licence
  • in the last five years, you have not been convicted anywhere of a drink driving offence or failing to provide a specimen of breath or blood
  • in the last five years, you have not been disqualified from holding a licence or had your licence suspended or cancelled in Queensland (this does not include a SPER suspension) and
  • your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level was below 0.15% or if it is a drug driving offence the charge must be one of driving with relevant drug in the system not DUI drug driving


You are not eligible to apply if at the time of the offence you:

  • were driving in connection with your employment
  • were under 25 years of age and driving under a learner, provisional or probationary licence 
  • were not licensed to drive the motor vehicle that you were driving when the offence was committed
  • were driving on a licence that required you to have a nil alcohol reading

You are also not eligible to apply if at the time of the application:

  • you are unemployed and looking for work
  • need the licence to get children to and from school, attend to household errands or take a relative to medical appointments
  • your employer has another position for you in the business that does not require you to have a driver licence

The Penalty

If being granted a work licence, your disqualification period may be increased by the court, and can even be doubled. This is entirely at the discretion of the Magistrate, however you would hold the work licence for the entire period of this disqualification.

The court may also impose additional restrictions to abide by in the use and operation of the work licence, including but not limited to:

  • restrict the times when you may drive
  • restrict the purposes for which you may be able to drive
  • restrict the class of vehicle you may drive;
  • require you to complete a log book
  • require you to wear a work uniform
  • restrict who you may carrying as a passengers in the vehicle

How to Apply

Applying for a work licence must be done in the same court you are required to attend for your upcoming drink or drug driving charge, and must be lodged on your first court appearance.

It is extremely important to understand that a work licence application must be made prior to being found guilty of your offence, and you cannot commence an application after your matter has been finalised.

If you are looking to apply for a work licence or want to find out if you are eligible and have an upcoming court date, you should get in contact with a Brisbane expert traffic lawyer as soon as possible, to prepare your case and application.