Driving in NSW with an overseas licence

As a temporary overseas visitor, if you hold a current driver licence from another country, you are allowed to drive in NSW on your overseas licence as long as:

  • You remain a temporary overseas visitor
  • Your overseas licence remains current
  • You have not been disqualified from driving in NSW or elsewhere and
  • You have not had your licence suspended or cancelled or your visiting driver privileges withdrawn.

You are not required to obtain a NSW licence if you comply with these conditions and can continue to prove your genuine visitor status to NSW Police if required.

Note 1: If you are a licence holder from New Zealand, you must obtain a NSW driver licence within three months of residing in NSW or you must stop driving.

Note 2:  Australian citizens who reside overseas and are not permanent residents of Australia are allowed to drive in NSW on a current overseas licence as an international visitor. There is no need to apply for the issue or renewal of a NSW licence.

When driving in NSW you must carry your overseas driver licence. Your licence must be written in English or, if the licence is not in English, you must either carry an English translation or an International Driving Permit.

If you are a temporary overseas visitor and you wish to obtain a NSW licence see Temporary overseas visitors obtaining a NSW licence.

Types of vehicles that can be driven

If you are a visiting car licence holder you may drive vehicles of the kind covered by a NSW class C driver licence (up to 4.5 tonnes GVM and seating up to 12 adults, including the driver). For more information about the requirements for driving in NSW see the Road Users' Handbook.

If you are a visiting motorcycle licence holder you may ride vehicles covered by the overseas licence class. For more information about the requirements for riding motorcycles in NSW see the Motorcycle Riders' Handbook.

If you are a visiting heavy vehicle licence holder you may drive vehicles that are authorised by your overseas licence class. For more information about the requirements for driving heavy vehicles in NSW see the Heavy Vehicle Drivers' Handbook.

Overseas learner licence

If you hold a current learner licence from your country of origin, you can continue to learn to drive in NSW.

Your supervising driver can be anyone who holds a valid Australian driver licence, class C or above (not an Australian learner licence or a provision (P1 or P2) licence).

You must, however, comply with all NSW road rules and any relevant restrictions endorsed on your overseas licence. For more information on the NSW road rules see the Road Users' Handbook.