Overseas Licence Conversion
You will only need to convert your overseas driving licence to a Victorian driving licence if you plan to stay in Victoria as a permanent resident.
If you are on a temporary visa, you can drive on your overseas driving licence (provided it is current and valid) for an indefinite period of time, provided your overseas driving licence is in English (or you have an accompanying English translation or international driving permit).
If you are in Victoria on a permanent visa , you may drive on your overseas driver licence for:
- Six months from the date you first entered Australia (if the permanent visa was issued before you entered Australia) OR
- Six months from the date when the permanent visa was issued to you (if the permanent visa was issued to you in Australia)
If you want to continue driving in Victoria after this time you must hold a valid Victorian driver licence.
Victorian full driving licence
To obtain a full licence you must prove that you have held your overseas driving licence for at least three years from your 18th birthday. Your overseas licence must be either current or have not expired more than five years ago. Any periods of suspension or disqualification from driving will be excluded in the calculation of time you have held your overseas licence .
Probationary driving licence
You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a Victorian probationary drivers licence. If you have held an overseas driving licence for less than three years, an appropriate probationary period (P1 or P2) will apply. This will depend on your age and the length of time you have held your overseas driver licence.
If your licence is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by an English translation. VicRoads only accepts translations completed by:
- A NAATI accredited (any level) translator OR
- An official translation from the country of origin OR
- An appropriate consulate in Australia
An International Driving Permit is acceptable as a translation of an overseas driver licence.
Exemptions from licence tests
If you hold a drivers licence from one of the countries listed below you are not required to undertake any tests provided your overseas driver licence is current or has not expired by more than five years ago. However, you will need to make an appointment to changeover your overseas licence to a Victorian driver licence.
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, NZ, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.
Whether you hold your overseas licence or international licence from one of the above listed countries, or another country, you may need to pass the practical drive test. Driving School Melbourne will tailor a driving lesson program to suit your specific requirements.
Driving School Melbourne is your overseas licence conversion specialist and is fully conversant with the VicRoads driving test assessment criteria.
If you would like your Victorian drivers licence or simply driving lessons to familiarize yourself with driving in Melbourne, call us on 0414 771 101.