If you're a temporary overseas visitor to NSW and you hold an overseas driver licence, you can apply for a NSW licence if you wish.
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.
What you need
- your overseas licence (if not in English, a Transport for NSW-approved translation must be supplied as well)
- if your licence is not available, an authorisation letter from the issuing country will be required
- your proof of identity
- your contact lenses or glasses (if you wear them)
- a 'fitness to drive' medical (if applicable)
- your payment
- the PDF form – 'Licence Application'.
How to apply
You don’t have to get a NSW licence. You can drive the vehicles covered by your overseas licence in NSW indefinitely, as long as:
- you remain a temporary overseas visitor
- your overseas licence remains current
- you have not been disqualified from driving in NSW or anywhere else
- you have not had your licence suspended or cancelled, or your visiting driving privileges withdrawn
- you 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.
you can prove your genuine visitor status to NSW Police, if required.