Renewing a licence

Plan ahead – your card may be posted to you

We’re changing the way we print and issue photocards. At certain locations, when you apply for or renew a licence, your card will be posted to you at no extra cost. RMS sends you a renewal notice around six weeks in advance of your licence's expiry date, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead.

When you apply for or renew your licence you will be given a paper receipt. The receipt will act as proof of licence status until your new photo licence arrives.

See Centralised photocard printing for more information.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) renews licences to ensure that drivers are legally licensed, to maintain a current record of all drivers and their addresses and to maintain up-to-date photographs on the licences.

Some licensees (such as advanced age drivers) must meet medical review and driver testing requirements to ensure that they meet the medical standards and are competent to continue driving.

It is the licensee's responsibility to renew the licence by the expiry date.

RMS sends the renewal notice as a courtesy reminder and non-receipt of the notice is not an acceptable excuse for a driver or rider to drive or ride after the licence expires. RMS may also send a further licence renewal reminder if the licence is not renewed within two weeks after the expiry date.

The licensee has a choice of renewing for one, three or five years as indicated on the renewal form.

Renewal requirements

To renew your licence you must attend a registry.

Depending on whether the previous licence is current or has expired, there are different licensing requirements before renewal.

All applicants seeking renewal of their licences must:

  • Complete the renewal form.
  • Produce their NSW photo-licence or provide proof of identity.
  • Be photographed.
  • Pay the cost of a licence (unless eligible for a concession).
  • An eyesight test may be required. 

Surrender of old licence

RMS will hole punch the old licence before returning it to the licensee together with the new photo-licence. Keep the old licence in a safe place as it may be used for proof of identity purposes when doing business with RMS.

There are heavy penalties for driving or riding with an expired licence.