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.
Note: 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.
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 proof of Australian permanent residency
- your payment.
- a knowledge test
- a driving test
- a 'fitness to drive' medical
- your contact lenses or glasses.
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 transfer
- Select the 'Download a PDF form' button.
- Complete the form and gather your supporting documents.
- Visit a service centre and provide the information in person.
- 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.