Overseas drivers

If you hold an overseas driver licence and want to drive a vehicle in Victoria the information below explains your responsibilities and actions you need to take.

New Zealand residents with a current driver licence are treated as interstate drivers.

Rules for temporary and permanent visas holders

Temporary Visa

If you hold a temporary visa:

  • you are not required to get a Victorian driver licence and/or learner permit
  • you can drive using your current overseas driver licence for the length of your stay
  • your driver licence must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit.

Permanent Visa

If you hold a permanent visa (issued under the Migration Act 1958) you may drive on your overseas driver licence if it's written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit for:

  • 6 months from the date you first entered Australia (if the permanent visa was issued before you entered Australia), or
  • 6 months from the date when the permanent visa was issued (if the permanent visa was issued to you while in Australia).

If you want to continue driving in Victoria after this time you must get a Victorian driver licence. If your overseas driver licence has expired, you will still be able to take the drive test as you are exempt from holding a learner permit for the test.

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

Overseas learner permit

A learner permit from overseas cannot be used to drive in Victoria.

If you have an overseas learner permit you will still need to take a road law knowledge test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to get a Victorian licence.

Getting your Victorian driver licence

 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 your age and how long you have held your overseas driver licence.
  • You will be issued a P1 probationary driver licence if you are under 21 years of age and have held an overseas driver licence for less than 12 months from your 18th birthday.
  • You will be issued a P2 probationary driver licence if you:
    • are under 21 years of age and have held your overseas driver licence for more than 12 months, or
    • are 21 years of age or older and have held your overseas probationary driver licence for less than three years.
  • You will be issued with a full Victorian driver licence if you are 21 years of age or older and:
    • have held your overseas probationary driver licence for at least three years, or
    • hold or have held an overseas full driver licence.

If your overseas driver licence was issued from one of the country's or jurisdictions listed below, your driver licence IS recognised in Victoria and you will not need to sit a drive test. 

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

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

If your overseas driver licence was issued from one of the country's or jurisdictions listed below, your driver experience' IS recognised in Victoria and you will not need to sit a drive test.  However if you are under the age of 25 years you will need to take a test to get a Victorian driver licence.

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

(4) 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
(5) The Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

Driver licences not recognised in Victoria

If your overseas driver licence is not listed in one of the above tables, or your driver experience is recognised, but you are under 25 years old you WILL need to take the following tests at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to get your Victorian driver licence:

Suspended, disqualified or cancelled overseas driver licence

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


Book an appointment to convert your driver licence 

To book your appointment:

* A card payment fee (External link) applies

Change your appointment

If you booked your appointment using our online booking system (External link) you can change your appointment online. But if you booked over the phone you will need to call us to change it. You will need to pay an additional appointment fee if you change your appointment however the test fee can be transferred to a new time (or refunded if the test is cancelled) if at least 24 hours notice is given. Failure to provide at least 24 hours notice will result in you forfeiting your appointment and test fees. No refund will be provided.

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 timeslot and pay another appointment fee. There are no concessions available for appointment, test or licence fees.  

Need an interpreter?

Interpreters can be provided by us to assist you when completing the following tests, providing the tests are not available in your language. An interpreter can be provided for hearing impaired applicants.

You'll need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Center to book an interpreter which means you cannot use the online booking system if you need an interpreter.

What to bring to the appointment

  1. Your original evidence of identity documents.
  2. Your current overseas licence written in English or accompanied by an English translation or an international driving permit. If your overseas licence is not available, you can provide a letter on original letterhead from either:
    • your issuing country’s driver licensing authority confirming your overseas driver licence details, or
    • your issuing country's consul in Australia where the consul has verified your licence details with the issuing country’s licensing authority. 
  3. A completed licence or learner permit application form [PDF 829 Kb]
  4. Refer to driver licence and learner permit fees for information about fees.

If your overseas licence (excluding New Zealand) includes a heavy vehicle category (e.g. truck or bus licence), you must still complete a full heavy vehicle licence assessment to get the equivalent heavy vehicle licence category in Victoria. To do this you must first apply for an exemption from VicRoads.

If you do not apply for the exemption you will have to wait at least 12 months before you can be tested.

An international driving permit is not valid on its own. You must carry your current overseas driver licence and your international driving permit when driving in Victoria.

An international driving permit must:

  • comply with the United Nations convention for international driving permits, and 
  • be issued by the country the overseas driver licence is issued in
  • show the first issue date of your overseas driver licence, licence number and expiry date of your licence. If this information is not displayed on the permit and your overseas driver licence is not written in English, you must provide an acceptable translation.

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