Interstate and New Zealand drivers

If you hold an interstate or New Zealand licence and/or learner permit and now reside in Victoria, you need to convert your licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent.

You must convert your interstate or New Zealand licence and/or learner permit once you have resided in Victoria for a continuous period of three months or more.

Your interstate or New Zealand licence and/or learner permit must be current or not expired by more than five years.

Converting an interstate licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent

Conversion of a current interstate licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent is carried out by appointment only at a VicRoads Customer Service CentreYou'll need to pay an appointment fee at the time of booking. 

At the appointment:

  • VicRoads will verify your interstate licence and/or learner permit details with the State/Territory
  • following verification you will be issued with a Victorian licence and/or learner permit and provided with a receipt to use until your card is received in the mail
  • your interstate licence and/or learner permit card will be destroyed
  • your Victorian driver licence will keep the same expiry date as your interstate driver licence 
  • your Victorian learner permit will have a new 10 year duration and a motorcycle learner permit will have a new 15 month duration
  • fees will apply to convert a Victorian driver licence, learner permit or marine licence.

Converting a New Zealand driver licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent

Conversion of a current New Zealand driver licence and/or learner permit to a Victorian equivalent is conducted by appointment only at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. You'll need to pay an appointment fee at the time of booking. 

At the appointment:

  • you will be issued with a Victorian licence and/or learner permit, provided with a receipt to use until your card is received in the mail
  • you will have the option of a 3 or 10 year driver licence and fees will apply
  • your Victorian learner permit will have a new 10 year duration and a motorcycle learner permit will have a new 15 month duration and fees will apply.

Once you are issued with a Victorian driver licence or learner permit, it is against the law to use your interstate or New Zealand driver licence or learner permit to drive in Victoria.

How to convert to a Victorian driver licence and/or learner permit

Age requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age to get a Victorian driver licence. Whether you are issued a full or probationary licence will depend on how long you have held your driver licence.

You must be at least 16 years of age to be eligible to apply for a car learner permit and at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply for a motorcycle learner permit.

You must be at least 12 years of age to be eligible to apply for a marine licence.

Suspended, disqualified or cancelled driver licence and/or learner permits

If your interstate or New Zealand driver licence and/or learner permit is suspended or cancelled, or you are disqualified from driving you will not be able to get a Victorian equivalent, until this sanction has ended.

If you’re suspended, cancelled or disqualified for drink-driving, we’ll treat you as if you committed the offence in Victoria. That means 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 [47kb PDF].

Medical conditions

If you are requested by VicRoads to undergo a Medical Review fitness to drive test and you refuse or fail to undergo the test, or do not pass the test, your authority to drive using your interstate or New Zealand driver licence or learner permit will be removed and you will be disqualified from driving in Victoria. You will not be eligible to apply for a Victorian driver licence/learner permit until the disqualification has been removed and your authority to drive has been re-instated through the Medical Review process.

If  you have failed a VicRoads Medical Review fitness to drive assessment and your authority to drive on your interstate driver licence or learner permit has been removed and you have been disqualified from driving in Victoria, you will not be eligible to apply for a Victorian learner permit or driver licence until your authority to drive has been re-instated. 

Expired interstate or New Zealand driver licence and/or learner permits

If your interstate or New Zealand driver licence or learner permit has expired by 5 or more years you will need to book an appointment and undertake a knowledge test and drive test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

Please refer to driver licence and learner permit fees for information about the fees. There are no fee concessions available for appointment, test or licence fees.

P1 and P2 probationary driver licence

There are two types of probationary licences depending on your age and the amount of time you have held your interstate or New Zealand driver licence from your 18th birthday.

P1 probationary driver licence

You will be issued with a P1 probationary driver licence if you are under 21 years of age and have held your interstate or New Zealand driver licence for less than 12 months from your 18th birthday.

P2 probationary driver licence

You will be issued with a P2 probationary driver licence if you are:

  • are under 21 years of age and have held your interstate or New Zealand driver licence for more than 12 months, or
  • are 21 years of age or older and have held your interstate or New Zealand probationary driver licence for less than three years.

Full driver licence

To get a full Victorian driver licence you must be 21 years of age or older and: 

  • have held an interstate or New Zealand probationary driver licence for at least three years, or
  • hold or have held an interstate or New Zealand full driver licence.

To make an appointment you can:

* A card payment fee applies

If you are more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you will be required to rebook your appointment for the next available timeslot.

Bring to your appointment

  1. Your original evidence of identity documents
  2. Your current interstate or New Zealand driver licence and/or learner permit card
  3. A completed licence or learner permit application form [PDF 118 Kb]
  4. Please refer to driver licence and learner permit fees for information about fees
  5. Any outstanding Licence Eligibility Order (LEO)
  6. Valid Certificate of Particulars from the New Zealand Transport Agency (External link) issued within the last three months. (New Zealand driver licence and learner permit holders only)

If you want to change your appointment you will need to pay an additional appointment fee. 

Please note that once the appointment is booked, it can only be changed by the appointment holder. If you are more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you will be required to re-book your appointment for the next available time slot and pay another appointment fee. There are no concessions available for appointment, test or licence fees.

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