Interstate and New Zealand drivers

If you have an interstate or New Zealand driver licence/learner permit and have moved to Victoria, you’ll need to get a Victorian licence.

VicRoads response to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, The Victorian Government has announced that Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July. There are only four reasons for those in the restricted postcodes to leave home - shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, study and work – if you can’t do it from home. 

All licence testing, including computer-based tests, will be suspended for customers that live within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. All licence testing and appointments for customers who do not live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will continue to operate as part of VicRoads return to service plan.

As an essential Government Service VicRoads will continue our operations, while strengthening our already stringent hygiene protocols and safe operating procedures, particularly within restricted postcodes. 

Please continue to conduct your business with us online or by phone wherever possible, and only attend a Customer Service Centre if your matter is urgent.

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You can drive using a valid interstate or New Zealand driver licence/learner permit when you first arrive in Victoria. If you are planning to stay for more than six months, you will need to get a Victorian licence or learner permit. To check how long you have to convert to a Victorian licence, enter your details in the form on this page.

Driving in Victoria

You must follow all road rules and laws when using your interstate or New Zealand driver licence/learner permit to drive in Victoria, including the following:

  • Your licence/learner permit must be current and valid 
  • If you are planning to stay in Victoria for longer than six months, enter your details in the form on this page to check how long you have to convert to a Victorian licence/learner permit
  • You must not be currently suspended, cancelled, or disqualified from driving anywhere in Australia
  • You must be medically fit.

How to convert your licence and/or learner permit to Victorian

To be eligible:

  • Your interstate or New Zealand driver licence/learner permit must be
    • current (or expired by less than 5 years), and 
    • valid (i.e. not suspended or cancelled) 
  • You can’t be disqualified from driving anywhere in Australia 
  • You must be medically fit to drive (see below)
  • You must meet the minimum age requirement:
    • 18 years old for a car licence
    • 16 years old for a car learner permit
    • 18 years old for a motorcycle driver licence or learner permit
    • 12 years old for a marine licence. 

Medical fitness to drive

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 medical report(s) for our Medical Review team before you make the appointment to take the tests.

In some circumstances, you might need to pass a Medical Review driving test before you’ll be able to get a Victorian licence or learner permit. Visit Medical Review for more information. 

Expired licence or learner permits 

You can convert an expired interstate or New Zealand licence/learner permit – as long as it expired less than 5 years ago. 

If your licence/learner permit expired more than 5 years ago, you’ll need to pass a learner permit test and a drive test

Suspended, disqualified or cancelled licences/learner permits

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 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 [47 Kb PDF].

What type of licence will I get? 

Depending on your age and how long you’ve had a driver licence, you’ll either get a full or probationary licence. 

If you have an interstate or New Zealand learner permit, you’ll get a Victorian learner permit. See below for more information. 

If you're 22 years or older and you've had your interstate or New Zealand licence for:

  • less than 3 years, you'll get a P2 licence
  • 3 years or more since your 18th birthday, you'll get a Full licence

If you're between 21 and 22 years old

  • you'll get a P2 licence

If you're between 18 and 21 years old and you've had your interstate or New Zealand for: 

  • less than 1 year, you'll get a P1 licence
  • 1 year or more since your 18th birthday, you'll get a P2 licence
If you're under 18 years old

You won’t be able to get a Victorian driver licence until you’re 18 years old. If you want to practice driving, you can be issued with a learner permit instead.

Appointments and tests

From Wednesday 25th March 2020 all light vehicle drive tests and computerised license (knowledge and hazard perception) testing has been suspended to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. We will advise all customers when appointments become available again. Visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) information page for more.

You can make a booking and pay the appointment fee:

* A card payment fee (External link) applies

** All VicRoads Customer Service Centre's accept cash except for:

What if I need to change my appointment?

You can book a new time or cancel: 

You can only change your appointment and transfer your test fee if

  • you made the booking 
  • 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
  • pay a new fee.

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

Bring to your appointment
  • Your original evidence of identity documents
  • Your current interstate or New Zealand driver licence and/or learner permit card
  • A completed licence or learner permit application form [PDF 118 Kb]
  • Any glasses or contact lenses that you need to drive (if applicable) 
  • A valid Certificate of Particulars from the New Zealand Transport Agency issued within the last three months (New Zealand driver licence and learner permit holders only).

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