If you meet certain eligibility criteria, you can renew or upgrade your NSW driver licence online.
The term that you renew or upgrade for depends on the licence class:
- P1 Car and Rider – 18 months
- P2 Car, Light Rigid, Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid – 3 years
- P2 Rider – 30 months
- Full licence – 1, 3, or 5 years.
You'll need to visit a service centre in person if you'd like a 10-year licence (available for drivers aged 21 to 44) or if any other reasons you may not be able to renew or upgrade online apply to you.
You may be eligible to renew and/or upgrade your licence online, if:
- you meet the eyesight requirements
- you hold an eligible driver licence that will expire in 6 months or less, or expired no more than 6 months ago, including:
- provisional (P1, P2) licence
- single class full licence (C, R, LR, MR, HR, HC, MC)
- dual class licence, both classes full (C, LR, MR, HR, HC, MC combined with R)
- you're aged 17 years or over (up to 70 if your licence class is MC)
Note: if you're aged 75 or over, you need to pass a NSW Fitness to Drive medical assessment
- your medical conditions are recorded with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and you have passed a NSW Fitness to Drive medical assessment
- your licence is not subject to any restrictions related to enforcement (for example, cancelled, disqualified, suspended, refused, or pending an appeal or suspension decision)
- you’ve had your signature and photograph taken by TfNSW within 10.5 years before the new licence expires
- your licence has an interlock or Q (temporary overseas visitor) condition.
To upgrade your provisional licence from:
- P1 to P2, you must have held your P1 licence for at least 12 months (not including any suspension period).
- P2 to full, you must have held your P2 licence for at least 2 years (not including any suspension period).
Upgrading and renewing a dual class licence
- If you hold a dual class licence where one class is full C or R and the other class is P1 or P2, you may be able to renew the full class at the same time as upgrading the provisional class.
- If you’re aged 25 years or over, and hold a dual class licence where one class is full C, LR, MR, HR, HC, or MC and the other class is R P1 (held for at least 12 months) or R P2, and you are renewing the full class, the R P1 or P2 will automatically upgrade to full.
To renew and/or upgrade online, you must meet the eyesight requirements:
- if you hold a C and/or R licence, and you’re aged:
- less than 45 years, you must have passed an eyesight test within the past 10.5 years before the renewed licence (not your current licence) expires
- 45 years or more, you must have passed an eyesight test within the past 5.5 years before the renewed licence (not your current licence) expires
- if your licence includes any of the following classes, you must have passed an eyesight test within the last 12 months:
- LR – light rigid
- MR – medium rigid
- HR – heavy rigid
- HC – heavy combination
- MC – multi-combination
- if you hold a Passenger Transport licence code PT T011, you must have passed a commercial standard eyesight test on the same day as you renew your licence.
Deferred eyesight testing due to COVID-19
If you hold class C, C/R, R, LR or LR/R and you’re due for an eyesight test, the test may be deferred for 6 months due to COVID-19.
To make sure you have the latest information, visit changes to transactions due to COVID-19.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account linked to Roads. If you don't have an account, you can create one now.
- your method of payment, or your concession details.
To renew or upgrade in person at a service centre, you'll need:
- the PDF form – 'Licence Renewal Application' or 'Licence Application'
- your licence renewal notice (if it's available)
- your NSW driver licence card
- your contact lenses or glasses (if you wear them)
- your concession details (if applicable)
- your method of payment.
How to renew or upgrade online
- Check the eligibility requirements.
- Select the 'Renew or upgrade licence' button.
- Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account. If your account is new or was not previously linked to Roads, enter your NSW driver licence details.
- Follow the prompts to renew or upgrade your driver licence.
- Download or update your Digital Driver Licence on the Service NSW app or print your interim paper licence.
- Your new NSW driver licence card will be posted to you at the mailing address on record with TfNSW. You should receive it within 10 business days.
Reasons you may not be able to renew or upgrade online
- you're aged between 21 and 44 years old and would like a 10-year licence
- you hold a Passenger Transport licence code PT T012 – holders are required to pass commercial standard eyesight tests
- you've changed your address within the last 14 days
- you'd like to apply for a NSW Photo Card at the same time
- your licence expired more than 6 months ago
- you're aged less than 25 years and hold a dual class licence where one class is full LR, MR, HR, HC, MC and the other class is Rider P1 or P2
- you hold a dual class licence that includes a learner class (for example, you hold full C and learner R – you cannot renew your full C online)
- you don't meet the eyesight requirements
- your medical conditions are not recorded with TfNSW
- you have any restrictions on your licence (for example, restricted journey, outstanding fine payment or enforcement)
- you hold a combined driver licence and boat licence
- your last renewal was done using a photo-kit
- you need to complete an older driver assessment.
If you need to visit a service centre, see what you need to take with you.
- If you renew online, your new licence card will be printed using the photo already stored by TfNSW.
- Carry your old licence card with you when you drive, if you still have it.
- If your temporary paper licence is lost, stolen or damaged before you receive your new licence card, you can get a copy of it online.
- If you haven’t received your new licence card through the mail within 10 working days, please call us on 13 77 88.
- If you have a good driving record, you may be eligible for a discount on your licence renewal fee as part of Fair go for safe drivers.
- At a service centre, you're able to apply for a NSW Photo Card at the same time if you wish, and take advantage of paying a reduced application fee for it. The NSW Photo Card is voluntary – you don't have to have one, but you may find it useful to prove your identity in situations not related to driving
- Your new expiry date(s) will be displayed onscreen when you’re renewing online. Depending on the term you chose your expiry date(s) will differ.
If you got your P1 Car licence before 20 November 2017, you'll need to pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT).
If you upgrade from P1 to P2 online, you must make sure you have the correct P plates to display while you're driving.