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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, from 1 August 2021, the period in which NSW residents driving on Interstate, overseas or NZ licences have to convert to a NSW driver licence has been extended from 3 months to 6 months.

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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. 

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

If you're sitting a computer-based Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) or the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) at a Service NSW service centre, you must wear a face mask.

When COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions apply to any areas of NSW, you may be asked to:

  • reschedule your booking, regardless of where the test is booked and/or
  • provide proof of your residential address.

Find out more about driver testing and 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'. 

If applicable:

  • 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

  1. Download and complete the Licence Application – PDF.
  2. Gather your supporting information and documents.
  3. Visit a service centre and provide the information in person.

More information

  • 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.

Payment methods

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