Overseas licence holders

Learn about driving with an overseas licence or permit in Victoria and find out if need to convert your overseas licence or permit.

Requirement for overseas licence holders

If you have an overseas licence, you'll need to convert to a Victorian licence within six months of residing in Victoria. Use our online tool to work out the date by which you need to convert to a Victorian licence and the type of licence you'll get.

Find out when you need to convert your licence

To get a vehicle or motorcycle licence in Victoria, you must be at least 18 years of age. The type of licence you get depends on:

Check to see if you need to convert your overseas licence or learner permit, and the requirements to convert.

Use our online tool (External link) to work out the date by which you need to convert to a Victorian licence, the type of tests you may be required to take and the type of licence you’ll get.

You'll need to convert your overseas licence or permit to a Victorian licence.

The type of licence or permit you'll get as well as the tests and appointments you'll need to take depend on:

  1. Which country your licence or permit was issued
  2. How old you are 
  3. How long you've had your licence for (this doesn't include your learner permit) 

Convert my overseas drivers licence or permit 

You won’t need to convert your overseas driver licence or permit.

You can drive using your overseas licence or overseas learner permit to drive in Victoria. It's important to remember that all the road rules and laws apply to you. 

You should also keep in mind that:

  • Your overseas licence needs to be current and valid
  • If your overseas licence is in a language other than English, you’ll also need to carry an English translation or international driving permit whenever you drive.

You can use an international driving permit as long as it's:

To drive using your overseas learner permit, you must have a supervising driver seated beside you when driving. Your supervised driver must have a current and full licence for the type of vehicle you’re driving.

Driving with an international driving permit

You can use an international driving permit in Victoria, however it’s not valid to use on its own. To drive in Victoria, you need to carry the following: 

  • your current overseas driver licence, and
  • your international driving permit when driving in Victoria

An international driving permit must:

If the above information is not displayed on your permit, and your overseas driver licence is not written in English, you must provide an acceptable translation.

Driving on an overseas learner permit 

To drive in Victoria, your overseas learner permit must:

  • be current, and
  • authorise you to drive the category of vehicle, and
  • be in English or accompanied by an approved translation or international driving permit

You must be supervised by a full driver licence holder who is authorised to drive the category of that vehicle in Victoria (car licence only).

You can take the Learner Permit Test Online(External link) (External link), or you can the Learner Permit Test In-person (External link) if you need to do the test in another language or with the assistance of an interpreter(External link) (External link)

If you hold an overseas heavy vehicle licence go to How to get a heavy vehicle licence (External link).

If you hold an overseas motorcycle licence, you may have additional restrictions (External link) imposed on your licence.

If you have not held your overseas motorcycle licence for 3 years from your 18th birthday, you will be subject to a pro-rata restricted period (E condition (External link)) from the date your Victorian licence is issued.

The pro-rata period must exclude any time you were not permitted to drive (expired, cancelled, suspended, disqualified, surrendered and/or unlicensed).

Converting your motorcycle licence

If your licence is from a non-recognised country (or you’re under 25 and your driver experience is recognised) and you don’t have a car licence, or you’re converting a motorcycle licence first, you must sit the following tests:

  • Licence verification
  • Eyesight test
  • Learner Permit Test
  • Hazard Perception Test
  • Motorcycle knowledge test
  • Motorcycle learner permit skills assessment
  • Motorcycle skills assessment

Go to Motorcycle licence and learner permit (External link) for more information.

If your overseas driver licence is suspended or cancelled or you are disqualified from driving, you won’t be able to get a Victorian driver licence until this ban ends.

Expired overseas driver licence
The following applies if your overseas licence is from New Zealand, a recognised country (External link) or your driver experience (External link) is recognised and you’re over 25 years of age. If your licence is expired by:
  • less than five years, you can convert your licence by making an appointment at your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre (External link)
  • more than five years, you can’t convert your licence. You’ll need to complete the tests required for the type of licence you want

Go to Convert your licence (External link) to find out what you need to do.

To have your licence or driving experience recognised in Victoria, you need to have your overseas licence verified at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (External link).

Verification documents

To have your licence verified you’ll need to bring your current overseas driver licence or learner permit in English. 

If this isn’t in English, you’ll need an English translation, or an international driving permit issued in the same country as your overseas driver licence. 

If you don’t have your overseas licence or learner permit, you’ll need to bring a letter from:

  • your country’s driver licensing authority confirming your overseas licence or learner permit details, or
  • your country’s consulate or embassy in Australia advising that they have confirmed your overseas licence or learner permit with your country’s licensing authority
Translator or interpreter services

If you need to speak with us in a language other than English, you can call an interpreter or translator for help. Go to Using an interpreter or translator (External link) for more information.

Overseas licence verification appointment

An overseas licence verification appointment is only required if you have completed the Learner Permit Test Online (LPTO) and want to complete the Hazard Perception Test Online (HPTO). If you’re from a non-recognised country or you’re from a country where your driver experience is recognised and you’re under 25 years old, you’ll need to book an overseas licence verification appointment before you register for the Hazard Perception Test Online (HPTO)

If you’re completing one or both tests in-person (the Learner Permit Test In-person or The Hazard perception Test In-person) at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre, your overseas licence verification will be completed at your first in-person visit. 

Book a licence verification appointment

Why do I have to make a separate appointment to get my overseas licence verified?

The process of verifying an overseas licence includes procedures such as identity confirmation, document verification, and examination of security features. We need to have enough time to complete these activities and a specific appointment with an appropriately trained staff member is required.

How much does the appointment cost?

The overseas licence verification appointment fee is $19.20.

Will my licence verification be completed in full on the day of this appointment?

It’s not always possible to complete the overseas licence verification at the appointment. If we’re unable to complete your verification on the day, we’ll send it off to our specialist team to be verified.   You’ll still be able to drive using your overseas licence while the verification is in progress, provided your overseas licence remains current and you have not resided in Victoria for more than 6 months.

Why can’t my overseas licence just be verified on the day of my Drive Test?

Drive Test appointments are allocated a set amount of time that is suitable for conducting a Drive Test only. 

How long does the verification process take?

It can take up to six weeks to complete the verification depending on whether further information is required. You can still drive on your overseas licence while we verify your documents provided your overseas licence remains current and you have not resided in Victoria for more than 6 months. A stamped copy of the documents being verified will be provided to you.

Recognised countries and jurisdictions

If your overseas car or motorcycle driver licence has been verified and was issued from one of the countries or jurisdictions listed below, your driver licence is recognised in Victoria and you’ll simply need to book a licence conversion appointment (External link) to get a Victorian licence.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada (1)
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man (2)
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta (3)
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • USA

(1) licences from Ontario Canada must be surrendered and returned to the licensing authority
(2) for licences first issued on or after 1 April 1991
(3) for licences first issued on or after 2 Jan 2004

Go to Convert your overseas licence (External link) for more information.

Recognised driver experience

 

If your overseas car or motorcycle driver licence was issued from one of the countries or jurisdictions listed below and has been verified, and you’re 25 years old or over, your driver experience is recognised in Victoria and you’ll simply need to book a licence conversion appointment (External link) to get a Victorian licence.

  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong (4) (must be held for 12 months)
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Republic of Cyprus (5)
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Taiwan
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa

(4) The Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
(5) Must be accompanied by one of the following a Cypriot Passport or Cyprus Identity card or letter of verification from the Cyprus High Commission of Canberra

If you’re under 25 years old

If your overseas car or motorcycle driver licence was issued from one of the recognised driver experienced countries or jurisdictions listed above and you’re under the age of 25 years, you’ll need to sit the road knowledge, hazard perception and drive tests to get a Victorian driver licence.

Go to Convert your overseas licence (External link) for more information.

What if my overseas licence is not recognised in Victoria?

If your overseas driver licence has been issued by a country not listed as a recognised country or recognised driver experience country, you’ll need to sit the road knowledge, hazard perception and drive tests to get a Victorian driver licence.

To convert your car licence go to Convert your overseas licence (External link).

What if I need an interpreter to help with my tests?

We can get you an interpreter to help with your tests or to help if you’re hearing impaired. 

You’ll need to go to a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (External link) where you want to take the tests so we can help with your booking. 

Are the tests available in other languages?

Yes, the Hazard Perception Test and the Learner Permit Test are available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

VicRoads has developed a series of videos, handbooks and fact sheets in a variety of languages to help you be more informed before visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (External link). Go to Languages for more information.

What happens if I fail my test?

If you fail a VicRoads practical driving test you’ll no longer be able to drive in Victoria using your overseas driver licence. This change applies to all VicRoads practical driving tests, including car driving tests, motorcycle learner permit skills assessments, motorcycle licence tests and heavy vehicle licence tests. Go to Changes to overseas driver licence rules for more information.

What if I have a medical condition?

If your ability to drive is affected by an illness, disability, medical condition or injury or because of the effect of the treatment of any of those things, you’ll need to get a medical report(s) for our Medical Review team before you make the appointment to take the tests. 

You must provide a medical report and get clearance from VicRoads before you can be issued with a driver licence. If you are not sure whether you need to supply a medical report please call VicRoads on 13 11 71

What if I wear glasses or contact lenses?

Bring your glasses or contact lenses that you need to drive to all your appointments.

What fees will I need to pay?

For more information on licence, permit, appointment and testing fees go to Driver licence and learner permit fees (External link) for more.

How do I change or cancel my appointment?

You can book a new time or cancel:

If you need to cancel your appointment, you'll receive a refund for the test fee if you give us at least 24 hours' notice

You can only change your appointment and transfer your test fee if you made the booking and you give us at least 24 hours' notice.

If you don’t give us at least 24 hours' notice:

  • you’ll lose your booking
  • you’ll lose your test fees
  • you won’t be able to get a refund

If you’re more than five minutes late on the day you’ll need to make a new booking and pay a new fee.

Concessions can’t be used for any of these fees.

What if I have a suspended, disqualified or cancelled licences/learner permit?

You can’t get a Victorian driver licence or learner permit if your interstate or New Zealand licence/learner permit is suspended or cancelled, or if you’re disqualified from driving anywhere in Australia.

Drink or drug-driving offences

If you’ve committed a drink or drug-driving offence interstate, we’ll treat you as if you committed the offence in Victoria.

That means that you might need to complete a Behaviour Change Program (External link) and use an alcohol interlock. If you need to drive with an interlock interstate, that requirement will also apply once you have a Victorian licence.

If you had a drink-driving offence interstate, we’ll need to confirm your offence details with the interstate authority. For us to do that, you’ll need to sign a Consent to release of information form [PDF 55Kb] (External link).

What if I have an overseas motorcycle licence?

If you hold an overseas motorcycle licence you may have additional restrictions (External link) imposed on your licence.

If you have not held your overseas motorcycle licence for 3 years from your 18th birthday, you will be subject to a pro-rata restricted period (E condition (External link)) from the date your Victorian licence is issued. The pro-rata period must exclude any time you were not permitted to drive (expired, cancelled, suspended, disqualified, surrendered and/or unlicensed).

What if I have an overseas heavy vehicle licence?

If you have an overseas heavy vehicle licence you can complete a heavy vehicle licence assessment (External link).

New Zealand licence holders are treated the same as interstate licence holders, see Driving with an interstate licence or permit page (External link).

What safety measures will be in place for those getting tested and VicRoads staff?

To protect the health and wellbeing of all customers and staff, strict hygiene protocols will be in place in both drive test vehicles and at our Customer Service Centres.

Pre-drive health-screening checks for all occupants in the vehicle, appropriate cleaning or coverage of vehicles used in tests, increased hand hygiene protocols for all occupants in the vehicle and the use of appropriate personal protection equipment as stipulated by VicRoads for all vehicle occupants as requested.

No one should be participating in a drive test if they are unwell.

Increased cleaning will be introduced for all computer-based tests. Computer terminals are positioned 1.5m apart and applicants will be asked to use hand sanitiser before taking part.

Need more help?

If you need more help with your overseas licence, call 13 11 71 and speak to one of our friendly staff who can help.

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