Introduction

If you're a resident of Australia rather than a visitor, you're able to drive in NSW on an overseas licence for 3 months. Within this 3 month period however, you'll need to visit a service 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. 

Note that drivers 75 years or older are required to undergo a medical review, and may have to take a practical driving test.

What you'll need

  • your proof of identity
  • a knowledge test (if applicable)
  • a driving test (if applicable)
  • a medical report (if applicable)
  • your overseas licence (and a translation if not in English).

How to transfer

  1. Gather your supporting information and documents.
  2. Visit a service centre and provide the information in person.

Things to keep in mind...

  • When you apply for or renew a licence card or 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 haven’t received your card through the mail within 10 working days, please 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 people to drive until the card arrives in the mail. The receipt is valid for 30 days.
  • Further information about centralised printing is available on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

Payment methods

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