How To Convert Your Overseas Licence To A Liverpool, NSW Licence in Australia
- First, check to see what kind of licence you have:
- Countries and jurisdictions that are known (any age) – No test required
- Countries with acknowledged driver experience (age over 25) – No test required
- Recognised driving experience (age 18-25) – Test required
- Non-recognized nations (people above the age of 18) – Test required
- Which test do I have to take now that I know what type of licence I have?
- If you are in the ‘No Test Required’ category, all you need to do is bring your translated international licence and pay a licence fee to have it converted.
- If you are in the ‘Tests Required’ category, you must complete the Road Law Knowledge test, the Hazard Perception Test, and finally the Driving Test in NSW.
- If you have decided that you need to take a driving test, you should be aware of the following:
- A P2 Licence will be issued to you if you are between the ages of 21 and 22 (depending on your driving experience).
- If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you must:If you have less than one year of driving experience, you will be issued a P1 licence.
- If you’ve had one year or more of driving experience since turning eighteen, you’ll be eligible for a P2 licence.If you are over the age of 25, you will receive a full unrestricted licence after passing all of the computer and driving tests.
- How do I ensure that I pass my driving test?
- So I don’t have to pay to retake the test or miss out on getting a full licence rather than a provisional!The simplest step is to schedule a lesson with us!
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- If you hold a licence issued by a licensing authority on list B but are under 25 you must pass the relevant knowledge and driving tests.
- If you hold a licence issued by a country or jurisdiction that is not listed, you will need to pass knowledge and driving tests when applying for an equivalent NSW licence.
Exemptions do not apply if
- You hold a licence from an external territory of a place on list A or list B, you must pass knowledge and driving/riding tests.
- A Hong Kong licence has been issued for less than 12 months.
- You failed a NSW knowledge test before 17 January 2005, you must re-sit and pass the relevant knowledge test .
- You failed a driving or riding test before 20 May 2002, you must re-take and pass the relevant driving or riding test.
- You hold a licence issued by a licensing authority on list B, and you failed a knowledge test and/or driving test before 18 February 2013 you must re-take and pass the relevant test.
Changing your international driver’s licence to an Australian driver’s licence
International drivers are generally permitted to drive on Australian roads for a limited time. Your visa or residency status will determine how long you can use your international driver’s licence and whether you need to apply to convert it to an Australian driver’s licence. Each Australian state has its own set of rules and conversion procedures.
Countries and jurisdictions recognised
Certain overseas countries and jurisdictions are recognised by Australian state and territory driver licencing agencies as having licencing standards comparable to Australia.
When applying for an Australian car or motorcycle licence, individuals from the countries listed below are exempt from taking a knowledge and drive/ride test.
This makes exchanging a driver’s licence easier.
The following countries and jurisdictions are recognised:
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Ireland and the Isle of Man (for licences issued on or after April 1, 1991)
Malta (for licences issued on or after January 2, 2004).
The country of New Zealand
Driver Recognition Experience
Countries and jurisdictions that meet the stringent assessment criteria for evidence of identity, card security features, and licence examiner training and assessment standards but do not meet all of the licence testing requirements will be considered for Experienced Driver Recognition status. The experienced driver recognition category seeks to recognise a person’s driving experience and age as a substitute for novice driver licencing measures.
The countries and jurisdictions listed below have achieved Experienced Driver Recognition status:
The Czech Republic
Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China Special Administrative Region)* Hungary
Cyprus, Republic of
South Korea (Republic of Korea)
The Republic of South Africa
A person who holds a driver’s licence from one of these countries and is 25 years of age or older may be able to exchange their overseas licence for an Australian issued driver licence without having to pass a driving test.
A person under the age of 25 who holds a driver’s licence from one of these countries will be required to take theory and practical driving tests. If a person passes the jurisdiction’s tests, their overseas licence will be converted to the class of licence they would have had if they had started driving in that Australian jurisdiction, based on years of driving experience and age.
* To exchange a Hong Kong licence without driving tests, the applicant must be 25 years old or older and have held the Hong Kong Licence for at least 12 months.
Applicants for an Australian issued driver’s licence who hold a driver’s licence from an unrecognised country must pass a theory test as well as a practical driving test. If applicants pass both the theory and practical tests, their overseas licence will be converted to the class of licence they would have had if they had started driving in that Australian jurisdiction, based on years of driving experience and age.