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.
Computer-based driver knowledge tests during COVID-19
What you need
- your proof of identity
- your overseas licence
- if not in English, a Transport for NSW-approved translation is required
- if your licence is not available, an authorisation letter from the issuing country will be required
- your proof of Australian permanent residency
- your payment
- the PDF form – 'Licence Application'.
- your contact lenses or glasses
- a knowledge test
- a driving test
- a 'fitness to drive' medical.
Note: If you're not a permanent resident or you cannot provide proof of permanent residency, you can apply for a temporary overseas visitor licence.
How to transfer
- Download and complete the Licence Application – PDF.
- Gather your supporting information and documents.
- Visit a service centre and provide the information in person.
- 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 Transport for NSW website.