If you’re a temporary overseas visitor, you can drive on your existing overseas licence for up to 6 months. If you wish to continue to drive after 6 months, you'll need to apply for a NSW licence.
This applies to anyone who takes up residence in NSW on or after 1 July 2023.
You'll need to successfully complete the knowledge test and driving test for the relevant class of licence, unless:
- you've held an Australian driver licence that expired within the last 5 years
- you hold a current New Zealand licence (not a learner or paper licence)
- your current driver licence (not a learner), or one that expired within the last 5 years, was issued by a recognised overseas licensing authority.
Your licence will show the letter Q on the front of the card and ‘Evidence of permanent residency status not provided’ will be printed on the back of the card.
- If you’re a temporary overseas visitor who arrived in NSW before 1 July 2023, you don't need to get a NSW licence. You can:
- drive on your overseas licence indefinitely, provided you meet specific conditions, or
- apply for a NSW licence, if you wish.
- If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or hold a New Zealand driver licence, you can drive in NSW on an overseas licence for 3 months. Within this 3-month period, you’ll need to transfer your overseas licence to continue to drive in NSW.
- If you hold a valid licence from an Australian state or territory, you can drive in NSW on your interstate licence for 3 months. Within this 3-month period, you’ll need to transfer your interstate licence to continue to drive in NSW.
What you need
- the PDF form – 'Licence Application'
- your proof of identity
- your overseas licence – if your licence is:
- not in English, a Transport for NSW-approved translation
- not available, an authorisation letter (in English) from the issuing country
- your payment.
- a knowledge test
- a driving test
- your contact lenses or glasses
- a 'fitness to drive' medical.
Transport for NSW only accepts English translations of overseas documents from:
- Multicultural NSW
- Department of Home Affairs
- Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea – for driver licences issued in the Republic of Korea
- Taipei Economic and Cultural Office – for driver licences issued in the Republic of China (Taiwan).
You must provide the original translated document or a copy certified by a Justice of the Peace.
If you are unable to provide a translation of your driver licence, you must get an authorisation letter from the relevant:
- embassy, consulate or diplomatic office in Australia, or
- government department in the country your licence was issued.
How to apply
Your visiting driving privileges will be withdrawn if you don't meet specific conditions.
- remain a temporary overseas visitor
- have a current overseas licence
- do not accrue 13 demerit points
- are not convicted of a serious driving offence
- have not been disqualified from driving in NSW or anywhere else
- have not had your licence suspended or cancelled, or your visiting driving privileges withdrawn
- carry your overseas licence with you (if your licence is not written in English, you must also carry an English translation, or an International Driving Permit)
- can prove your genuine visitor status to NSW Police, if required.