How to translate your drivers licence in Australia – Fast and accurate driver licence translation

In Australia different states have different laws when it comes to translating your driver licence.  In most Australian states you are able to drive on an overseas licence as long as it is current and you have a certified driver licence translation of your international driving permit.

Driving in Queensland with an overseas licence

If you are visiting Queensland from another country you can drive if you have a valid overseas licence but your driver licence isn’t in English you should carry a NAATI certified English translation of it when you are driving.  If you are an Australian citizen or have been residing in Queensland for more than 3 months you will also need to have your licence translated into English before applying for a QLD driver licence. Find out more https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/driver-licensing/overseas/driving

Driving in Victoria with an overseas licence

If you hold a temporary VISA you are not required to get a Victorian driver licence, you can use your overseas drivers licence but it must be accompanied by a certified English translation of your international drivers licence.  If you hold a permanent VISA you may drive with an English translation of your licence for up to 6 months before applying for a Victorian drivers licence.  Find out more https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/renew-replace-or-update/new-to-victoria/overseas-drivers

Driving in Australian Capital Territory with an overseas licence

Visiting drivers are not required to obtain an ACT driver licence provided you have your overseas licence translated by a NAATI certified translator.  If you are moving to the ACT you are required to obtain an ACT drivers licence within there months of taking up residency.  An international driving permit is only valid if it is accompanied by an English certified translation of your driving permit. Find out more https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1581#!tabs-8

Driving in NSW with an overseas licence

If you are a permanent resident and intend to stay in NSW you may only drive with your International licence for 3 months then you will require to apply for a NSW driver licence.  If your licence is not in English you will require a NAATI certified translation of your drivers licence.  Translations are only accepted if translated by NSW Roads and Transports own translation company. Find out more http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/moving-to-nsw.html#Internationaldriversandriders

Driving in South Australia with an overseas licence

If you are visiting South Australia you will require a certified translation of your international driving permit if it is not written in English.  If you become a permanent resident you must get your SA driver licence within 90 days and have a certified translation of your licence if is not in English. Find out more https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/drivers-and-licences/driving-with-an-overseas-licence

Driving in Western Australia with an overseas licence

If you are a visitor to Western Australia (WA), you may drive only those vehicles that you are authorised to drive on your overseas licence, for as long as it remains valid in the country of issue. If your overseas licence is not in English, you must carry an international driving permit or an approved English translation of your licence with you when you drive. Find out more https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/visiting-from-overseas.asp

Driving in Tasmania with an overseas licence

You can drive in Tasmania on your overseas licence if you are a visitor or have a temporary visa (e.g. international students, refugees, working, holiday) or have a permanent visa that has not been issued more than 3 months.  If your licence is not in English you must carry a NAATI certified English translation of your international driving licence. Find out more https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/newtotas/overseas

Driving in Northern Territory with an overseas licence

You must transfer your interstate or overseas driver licence within three months of living in the Northern Territory (NT). You will need to provide a certified English translation of your international licence. Find out more https://nt.gov.au/driving/driverlicence/new-to-the-northern-territory/transfer-your-interstate-or-overseas-licence

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