How To Convert An Overseas Licence To A NSW Licence
Permanent Resident or Permanent Visa
For the first 3 months in NSW, you can drive on a current overseas licence. You can also convert your current overseas licence to a full NSW licence within this time period. However, after these three months you will need to apply for a NSW learners licence to continue driving. This involves passing the Driver’s Knowledge Test (DKT) and also the Driving Test.
You will need to:
Bring your overseas licence
Provide proof of your identity
Complete the Licence application form
Pass an eyesight test
Pass a knowledge test unless you are exempt
Pass a driving test unless you are exempt
Pay the relevant licence fee
Once this is completed, you will then be able to obtain a full NSW Licence. You will not be able to hold more than one licence in Australia so your overseas licence will not be valid in NSW.
If you fail a driving test, your visiting driving privileges will be withdrawn. If you still want to continue to drive, you must get a learner’s licence. You can only re attempt the test after 1 week.
If you plan to stay in NSW for longer than three months but do not hold a permanent Australian residency, you can apply for a Temporary Overseas Visitor Licence.
Student Visa, International Visitor, or Temporary Resident
You do not need to get a NSW drivers licence if you follow these conditions:
You have a current overseas licence that is in English or you have an authorised English translation
You remain a visitor
You have not been suspended or disqualified from driving in NSW or anywhere else
You have not had your licence suspended, cancelled or had your visitor driving privileges withdrawn
Carry your passport with you while driving to prove your visa