If you hold an overseas driver licence and want to drive a vehicle in Victoria the information below explains your responsibilities and actions you need to take.
New Zealand residents with a current driver licence are treated as interstate drivers.
Rules for temporary and permanent visas holders
If you hold a temporary visa:
- you are not required to get a Victorian driver licence and/or learner permit
- you can drive using your current overseas driver licence for the length of your stay
- your driver licence must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit.
If you hold a permanent visa (issued under the Migration Act 1958) you may drive on your overseas driver licence if it’s written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit for:
- 6 months from the date you first entered Australia (if the permanent visa was issued before you entered Australia), or
- 6 months from the date when the permanent visa was issued (if the permanent visa was issued to you while in Australia).
If you want to continue driving in Victoria after this time you must get a Victorian driver licence. If your overseas driver licence has expired, you will still be able to take the drive test as you are exempt from holding a learner permit for the test.
Once you are issued with a Victorian driver licence or learner permit, it is against the law to use your overseas or interstate driver licence to drive in Victoria.
When driving in NSW you must carry your overseas driver licence. Your licence must be written in English or, if the licence is not in English, you must either carry an English translation or an International Driving Permit.
Driver’s licence translations will only be accepted if they are:
an original document (photocopies, faxes and certified copies are not acceptable)
from a consulate office in Australia, signed by a consulate officer, and on official consulate letterhead, or
authorised by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Translations are also acceptable if they have been provided either directly by or with the endorsement of the South Australian Government Interpreting and Translating Centre or interstate equivalent or the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
If your licence is in a language other than English, you should carry a recognised English translation of it when you are driving. You should show this translation to police when you have to show your driver licence.
if your licence is NOT in English, you must also carry either an official translation of your licence OR a current International Driving Permit
If your overseas licence is not in English, you must carry an International Driving Permit or an approved English translation of your licence (if you have either of these) with you when you drive.
Holders of non-English driver’s licences must produce an approved translation along with their current valid driver licence. Translations will only be accepted from:
- the appropriate Consulate; or
- accredited Translator, Advanced Translator or Advanced Translator (Senior) level translators approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Note: Faxes and photocopies of licence documents are NOT acceptable.