If you do not
declare an overseas licence when you take out a learners
licence the overseas licence will not be recognized and you
will have to go through the Red P's and Green P's
If you have a current overseas licence
and a permanent resident visa you can drive in NSW for a
maximum of 3 months only.
If your license is not in English you
must carry an English translation with your licence when
International licence are not recognized
for the purposes of converting to a N.S.W. licence.
Only English translations from: NSW
Community Relations Commission or Commonwealth Department of
Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs are
accepted by the RTA.
Other Requirements before you can be
issued with a NSW Licence:
Proof of your N.S.W. Address
Prove your Identity Current Passport/
Birth Certificate. (In English).
Pass an eyesight test.
Pass a knowledge test for class of
Pass a driving test for class of
Provide documents proving the first
issue date of your overseas licence if it is not on the
Your overseas licence will be made
invalid before you can be issued with a NSW Licence.
Once a hole is punched in your licence or and
endorsement made on your licence it will be handed back
to you but you can no longer drive on your overseas
Overseas applicants who take out a
NSW learner licence will not be required to fill out a
log book. Once the driving test is passed, the overseas
applicant will go onto a full NSW licence, even if they
held a NSW learner licence. If they only held the
equivalent of a provisional licence from overseas, then
they will go onto the equivalent NSW licence.
An overseas applicant who fails a
driving test will automatically go onto a NSW learner
licence (if not already holding one). Even if it takes a
number of driving tests to pass, the applicant will
obtain a full NSW licence (or equivalent to their
existing overseas licence).
Exemptions for overseas licence holders:
Some countries with similar testing
standards to Australia will be exempt from doing the driving
test. They may need to do the driver knowledge test.
The following countries are presently
exempt December 2009:
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man (licences issued since 1 April 1991) Italy,
Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta (licences issued since 2 January 2004) Netherlands, New Zealand (except where a paper licence is presented), Norway,
Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United
Please check the above list with the RTA
by phoning 132213
Note if you fail your driving test your
can no longer drive on your overseas licence. To continue to
drive in NSW you will need to get a Learners Licence and you
MUST be supervised by a person holding a full Australian
The supervising driver can not be the
holder of a provisional licence.
For More detail see
RTA Website Guide for International Drivers