If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or if you hold a New Zealand driver licence, you can drive in NSW on an overseas licence for 3 months. Within this 3-month period however, you'll need to visit a Service NSW Centre and transfer your overseas licence to a NSW Driver Licence.

You may need to pass a knowledge or driving test, depending on where your overseas licence was issued. 

Drivers 75 years or older are required to undergo a medical review and may need to take a practical driving test.

If you're a temporary visa holder or you cannot provide proof of permanent residency, you can apply for a NSW licence as a temporary overseas visitor.

Note: Holders of licences from certain countries may be required to obtain a validation letter from the relevant consulate or licensing authority. For information regarding validation requirements, please call 13 77 88 or visit a service centre.

What you need

If applicable:

  • a knowledge test
  • a driving test 
  • a 'fitness to drive' medical
  • your contact lenses or glasses.

Acceptable translations

Transport for NSW only accepts English translations of overseas documents from:

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:

How to transfer

  1. Select the 'Download a PDF form' button. 
  2. Complete the form and gather your supporting documents.
  3. Visit a service centre and provide the information in person.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

More information

  • When you apply for or renew a licence card or NSW Photo Card at a service centre, it will be posted to you at no extra cost. Cards usually arrive within 10 working days.
  • If you have not received your card through the mail within 10 working days, call us on 13 77 88.
  • Renewal notices are mailed generally within 6 weeks of the card's expiry date. This means you have plenty of time to plan ahead and renew early.
  • For driver licence renewals or applications, a receipt is provided which allows you to drive until your card arrives in the mail. The receipt is valid for 30 days.
Last updated: 15 May 2024

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