A temporary foreign visitor will be qualified to apply for a NSW driver licence upon residing for a continuous period of 6 months in Australia immediately prior to licence application. Take note that your most recent date of arrival in Australia must be declared in the licence application form.
The licences will have the letter code ‘Q’ marked in the conditions area on front of the licence, and the text ‘Evidence of permanent resident status not provided to Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority)’ on the back of the licence.
Licences with a ‘Q’ mark will be valid for a period of only 12 months, this also applies to Learner, P1, P2, and unrestricted licences.
Make sure you've used this site to learn the traffic signs and other road rules so that you can drive safely in Australia. Ignorance of the rules is no defence in court, and you can still be fined for not adhering to the rules even if you are on a foreign licence.
Renewal or application for NSW driver licence are not required for Australian citizens who are not permanently residing in Australia. They are allowed to drive in NSW as an international visitor provided that they have a current foreign licence.
If you are a New Zealand licence holder, you will be required to acquire a NSW driver licence within 3 months of residing in NSW or you should stop driving. This applies to both permanent and temporary residents from New Zealand.
Exemption applies to customers who present a New Zealand driver licence or New Zealand passport to the Roads and Marines Services.
You are exempted from all the temporary overseas visitor licensing arrangements and you may be issued with a licence of normal validity period. Your licence will not be under the Q condition and you will be required to adhere to the 6 months waiting period.
You will not be regarded as a visitor if you intend to reside in NSW holding a permanent visa under the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958 or if you are already a permanent resident of Australia. On a current foreign licence you will be allowed to drive for a maximum period of 3 months after your arrival in Australia.
Being a New Zealand licence holder, you will be required to acquire a NSW driver licence within 3 months of residing in NSW or you should stop driving. This applies to both permanent and temporary residents from New Zealand.
You should be at least 17 years old to be allowed to acquire a NSW driver licence.
If you cannot provide your foreign licence: You will have to provide a licence status and details confirmation letter from the overseas licence issuing authority or from a relevant consulate or diplomatic office (based on gathered information from the overseas licence issuing authority).
If you pass the driving test you will be issued one of the following licenses below:
If you fail the driving test you will have to get a learner licence to get another shot at a driving test.