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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.

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.

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  • your overseas licence (if not in English, an RMS-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'.
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  1. Download and complete the Licence Application – PDF.
  2. Make sure you have all your documentation and any additional items (if applicable).
  3. Visit a service centre and submit your application.
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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  • you have not had your licence suspended or cancelled, or your visiting driving privileges withdrawn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.

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Payment methods

For online transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, Diners Club or American Express).

For phone transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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