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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. 

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  • your proof of identity
  • a knowledge test (if applicable)
  • a driving test (if applicable)
  • your overseas licence (and a translation if not in English).
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  1. Gather your supporting information and documents.
  2. Visit a service centre and provide the information in person.
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To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Roads and Maritime Services.

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  • 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, generally within 5 to 10 working days.
  • If you haven’t received your photo card through the mail within 10 days, contact Roads and Maritime Services on 13 22 13.
  • 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.
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Payment methods

For online or phone transactions, you can pay with:

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

For transactions in person at a service centre, you can pay with:

  • 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

Source url: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/transfer-overseas-driver-licence