Defence Force personnel

If you are a member of the Defence Force personnel and you want to drive in Victoria, your responsibilities and the actions you need to take are outlined below.

Defence Force personnel

A member of the Defence Force includes:

  • a current full time or reserve serving member
  • a member who has been discharged and holds a Defence Force driver licence that has not expired by more than 5 years
  • some civilian staff who are tested by the Defence Force.

Holder of a civilian interstate driver licence

If you are a serving member of the Defence Force and you hold:

You do not have to change your interstate driver licence to a Victorian driver licence. You can continue to drive in Victoria using your current interstate driver licence while you are serving in Victoria.

If your interstate driver licence expires, you must change over to a Victorian driver licence. Fees will apply.

Defence Force driver licence

If you hold a Defence Force driver licence, the law allows you to drive only Defence Force vehicles that are specified on this driver licence on Victorian roads. You cannot drive other vehicles that are not specified on this driver licence on Victorian roads.

If you hold a current Australian Defence Force driver licence, a Victorian driver licence can be issued to you providing you do not hold a current interstate driver licence. No drive test is required to convert your Defence Force driver licence to a Victorian driver licence.

You will need to provide the following.

  • A Defence Force driver licence with a photo image.
  • Defence Force identification (if you only have a paper driver licence).
  • Evidence of identity documents.
  • Your Defence Force driver licence must be current or expired by less than five years and it needs to be unrestricted (a Defence Force licence restricted to ‘base only’ cannot be converted to a Victorian driver licence).
  • Verification of the status and validity of your Australian Defence Force licence. This is done by submitting an application to the ADF Chief Driving Instructor.

Conversion of an Australian Defence Force driver licence to a Victorian driver licence will only be completed by appointment at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

To make an appointment you can:

* A card payment fee applies 

You will also be required to complete an eye sight test during the appointment. See the visual impairment page for more information.

If you are an overseas Defence Force personnel and you wish to drive on your civilian overseas driver licence in Victoria, please refer to the overseas drivers page for information about driving in Victoria.

If you are a dependant (including spouse) of a member of the Australian Defence Force and you hold a civilian interstate driver licence and/or learner permit, you cannot drive in Victoria if you have lived in Victoria continuously for more than 3 months, unless you hold a Driver Identification Document issued by the Commonwealth Department of Defence (External link).

For more information about converting an interstate driver licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent, please see the interstate and New Zealand drivers page.

An Exchange Duty Officer is someone who is:

  • a member of any overseas Defence Force, or
  • a dependant of a member of any overseas Defence Force

and is on exchange with the Australian Defence Forces.

Exchange duty officers can be issued with a Victorian driver licence and/or learner permit, providing the appropriate evidence of identity documents is provided and the appropriate licence fee is paid.

You must also provide a letter of verification and authority by a commanding officer of the Australian Defence Force.

Conversions to a Victorian driver licence will only be completed by appointment at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

To make an appointment you can:

  • call us on 13 11 71 (pay by VISA or MasterCard only*)
  • visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (pay by VISA, MasterCard*, cheque, EFTPOS or cash)
* A card payment fee applies

You will also be required to complete an eye sight test during the appointment. See the visual impairment page for more information.

The Australian Defence Force only issues driver licences.

Where a Defence Force personnel only holds an interstate learner permit, they will be required to obtain a Victorian equivalent within three months of arriving in Victoria.

For more information about converting an interstate driver licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent, please see the interstate and New Zealand drivers page.

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