Overseas drivers

How to use your overseas licence in Victoria. If you're just visiting, here's (External link) some information about our road rules. 

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    When using your overseas licence to drive in Victoria, all the road rules and laws apply to you. It’s also important to 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 also need to carry an English translation or international driving permit whenever you drive.

    What if I'm already living in Victoria and driving with an overseas or interstate licence?

    If you're currently living in Victoria and driving with an overseas or interstate licence, you'll have six months from 29 October 2019, to convert to a Victorian licence regardless of your Visa or if you have an international driving permit. Due to the impact of coronavirus, the date for converting your licence has now been extended. For more information go to 'Changes to Light Vehicle Testing' on our coronavirus (COVID-19) information page.

    Can I drive with my overseas licence?

    Yes, you can drive using your overseas licence when you first arrive in Victoria. If you are planning on staying for more than 6 months, you will need to convert your overseas licence to a Victorian licence within this time.

    Can I use an international driving permit?

    Yes, as long as it's:

    • carried with your overseas licence
    • from the same country as your licence
    • in compliance with the United Nations convention for international driving permits
    • in English.

    Can I drive with my overseas learner permit?

    Yes, if you are supervised by a full driver licence holder who is authorised to drive the category of that vehicle in Victoria and who is also sitting beside you. Go to How to get your Ls for more information about getting your Victorian learner permit.

    How to get your Victorian driver licence

    First, we’ll check your overseas licence to see if your driving experience is valid. 

    What type of licence will I get? 

    Depending on your age and how long you’ve been driving, you’ll either get a full or probationary licence. See below for more information. 

    If you're 22 years or older and you've had your overseas 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

    What if I have an overseas motorcycle licence?

    If you hold an overseas motorcycle licence you may have additional restrictions 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) 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).  

    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 overseas licence 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, regardless of how long you’ve been driving overseas. 

    Who can’t get a licence here?

    You can’t get a Victorian driver licence if your overseas licence is:

    • suspended
    • cancelled
    • disqualified.

    If you’re from New Zealand and have a current driver licence, go to interstate drivers.

    If your licence is from one of the below recognised countries, you won’t need to take any of the tests. However, you’ll still need to make an appointment with us to change over your licence.

    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

    Recognised driver experience

    If your driver experience is from one of the below recognised countries, you won’t need to take any of the tests, however you’ll still need to make appointment with us to change over your licence. If you’re under 25 years old, even though your driver experience is recognised, you’ll still need to take the tests.

    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.

    What if my licence is from a non-recognised country or I am under 25 from a recognised experience country?

    You must have your licence verified and complete the following three tests at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre:

    When will my licence get verified? 

    Your overseas licence will be verified when you do your road law knowledge test. You can only book a drive test after your licence has been verified.

    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 credit card fee 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. 

    I need an interpreter

    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 where you want to take the tests so we can help with your booking.

    Bring your:

    If you don’t have your overseas licence

    Bring a letter from: 

    • Your country’s driver licensing authority confirming your overseas licence details or
    • Your country’s consul in Australia who have confirmed your overseas licence with your country’s licensing authority.

    If you have an overseas heavy vehicle licence you can: 

    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. 

    From 1 September 2015, if you fail a VicRoads practical driving test you'll no longer be able to drive in Victoria using your overseas driver licence.

    More information on the changes to overseas driver licence rules

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