Renew or replace your licence
Roads and Maritime Services renews licences to make sure all drivers are legally licensed and that we hold a current record of all drivers with up-to-date photos and addresses.
It’s your responsibility to renew your licence before it expires. We’ll send you a renewal notice about six weeks before expiry. Not receiving the renewal is not an acceptable excuse for failing to renew your licence. There are heavy penalties for driving with an expired licence.
You can apply for a replacement licence if yours is damaged, lost or stolen.
You can choose to renew your unrestricted licence for one, three, five or 10 years. If you're eligible for a concession, your licence can be renewed for five or10 years.
Note: The 10 year licence renewal option is only available to eligible customers aged 21 to 44 years who hold an unrestricted licence of class C (car) and/or R (rider).
If you also hold a NSW boat licence you may be eligible to combine it with your unrestricted one, three or five year driver/rider licence when your driver/rider licence is due for renewal. See Combined licences for further information.
From 1 March 2017 you will be able to hold both a NSW driver licence and NSW Photo Card at the same time. Please see NSW Photo Card for more information
If you're eligible, you can renew your licence online up to six months before it expires. You may renew your licence online for one, three or five years. You cannot renew your licence online for 10 years.
Please check your licence conditions, as you may need to have your eyesight tested, undergo a medical examination, or take a test before you can renew your licence.
If you have a combined driver and boat licence you cannot renew online and will need to attend a service centre or registry in person. You will need to renew your driver licence and boat licence at the same time to continue to hold a combined licence.
You can renew your licence online if:
- You are aged between 21 and 75
- If you're aged 45 years or more, you must have passed an eyesight test within 5.5 years of the new licence expiry date
- Your current licence expires within the next six months, or expired less than six months ago
- You hold an unrestricted or provisional (P1 or P2) licence - learner licence holders cannot renew online, and need to attend any service centre or registry
- Your licence is not subject to any enforcement restrictions (ie it's not cancelled, disqualified, suspended or refused, or you're awaiting decision on an appeal or suspension decision)
- You've had your photo and signature taken by Roads and Maritime Services within 10.5 years of the new licence expiry date.
If you don't meet these requirements, you will need to go to any service centre or registry in person to renew your licence.
Renewing in person
When you visit a service centre or registry to renew your licence in person, you need to:
- Complete the renewal form
- Provide your current licence, or other proof of your identity
- Pass an eyesight test (if required)
- Provide a satisfactory medical report (if required)
- Pay the required licence fee, unless you're eligible for a concession.
Once you pay the required fee, your photo will be taken. Depending on which location you attend, your licence card will either be handed over the counter, or posted to you. If it's posted, you'll receive a temporary paper licence, which you can use on the road, until your new card arrives.
If you provide your old licence card, it will be invalidated and returned to you. Keep this card in a safe place – you can use it as proof of your identity when dealing with Roads and Maritime.
If you're a learner licence holder, you need to attend any service centre or registry to renew your licence in person.
Learner driver licences are renewed for five years.
Roads and Maritime may refuse to renew your learner licence if your driving record is unsatisfactory.
Provisional P1 and P2 licences
There's no maximum time limit for moving through the provisional P1 and P2 licence stages. You can renew a P1 or P2 licence as many times as you need to.
You don't need to take any knowledge or driving tests to renew a P1 or P2 licence, however you need to pay the provisional licence fee, and you may need to pass an eyesight test and/or provide a satisfactory medical report.
P1 licences are renewed for 18 months and P2 licences are renewed for 30 months.
P1 and P2 licence holders may be eligible to renew their licence online.
You can renew your licence up to six months before it expires.
Up to six months late
If you renew within six months after the expiry date, your new licence will be backdated and have the same expiry date, as long as you haven t been disqualified, or had your licence cancelled in that time.
Licence expired up to five years
If you renew more than six months, but less than five years after the expiry date, your licence will be reissued. The new expiry date will be calculated from the date the licence is reissued.
Licence expired more than five years
If you've passed the knowledge test but failed your first driving test on an expired licence, you'll need to apply for a learner licence, and meet all the requirements. If you can prove you held a licence in another Australian state or territory for the same class within the last five years, you may be exempt from the tests. See Moving to NSW for more information.
If you've held an overseas licence within the last five years, you may also be exempt from some tests, depending on the country. See Moving to NSW for more information.
Cancelled licences and disqualified drivers
If your licence has been cancelled or suspended, or you've been disqualified from driving, call 13 22 13, or visit a service centre or registry for information about your next steps.
Fair go for safe drivers - discounted licence renewal
If you have a good driving record, you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your licence renewal fee. You must renew your licence within six months of the expiry date. If you renew more than six months after expiry, you must pay the full renewal fee. If you’re eligible, the discount applies whether you renew your unrestricted licence for one, three, five (or 10 years for eligible customers aged 21 to 44 years).
To qualify, at the time of renewal you must:
- Hold an unrestricted NSW licence of any class which expires on or after 1 July 2012. Interstate and overseas licences are not counted. Learner and provisional P1 and P2 licences are also not counted
- Have held the NSW licence continuously for five years. This means you must have less than six months total break (eg if your licence was expired, suspended, cancelled or refused for any reason, except on medical grounds)
- Have no relevant offences recorded on your NSW licence in the five years leading up to the date you renew your licence. Interstate and overseas driving records are not counted. Relevant offences include:
- Any offence which attracts demerit points
- A conviction for a major offence, such as drink or drug driving
- Any unlicensed driving offence.
Some offences are recorded on your traffic record, but won't be counted when determining eligibility for the discount. These include offences dealt with by way of a caution issued by Revenue NSW, or any offence which was dismissed without conviction under Section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
Important: Offences dealt with under Section 10 before 31 January 2011 are counted as relevant offences, because they attracted demerit points at the time.
If you’re appealing an offence when you renew your licence, the discount does not apply. However if your appeal is successful, you may be eligible for a refund of 50% of the renewal fee you paid.
Replacing your licence
You can only order one replacement licence online in a 12 month period.
If you apply in person, you'll need to provide:
Once you pay the required fee, your photo will be taken. Depending on which location you attend, your licence card will either be handed over the counter or posted to you. If it's posted, you'll receive a temporary paper licence, which you can use on the road, until your new card arrives.
Renewing or replacing your licence while temporarily out of NSW
If you’re temporarily out of NSW and need to renew or replace your licence, you can use a photo-kit form, provided your licence is expired less than five years, is not a temporary paper licence, and is not suspended or cancelled:
You can also obtain a photo-kit by calling 1800 624 384, or +61 2 6861 1663 if you're overseas.
If you're living interstate continuously for three months or longer, you should convert your NSW licence to the equivalent interstate licence. Under the National Driver Licensing Scheme, the licence is converted free of charge.
If you’ve taken up residence overseas, you should obtain a driver licence in that country.
You can only use a photo-kit once for renewal. This means the next time you need to renew, you’ll need to do it in person at a registry or service centre in NSW.
The photo-kits contain detailed information, however these are the essential points:
- You must write your NSW address in the box provided on the kit. If you don’t, your application will not be processed
- Your licence will be posted to your NSW address unless you specifically ask for it to be sent to your temporary interstate or overseas address
- Because the kit allows for a renewal or replacement licence via mail, there are strict proof of identity requirements. You must comply with the proof of identity requirements as outlined in the kit
- When you sign the ‘Specimen Signature’ label, please use a black pen, and make sure you press hard and bold for good reproduction.
If your proof of identity shows an old name
If your proof of identity document(s) show an old name that is different to the one currently recorded by Roads and Maritime, then you must also provide a certified copy of one of the following documents, certified by the witness in Section C of the photo-kit:
- A Marriage Certificate
- A Divorce Decree
- A Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority
- A Change of Name Certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- A Birth Certificate showing your name at birth and your new name
- A document showing evidence of change of name registered in the Land Titles Office
Your identity and change of name documents should show a clear link between your old name and your current name.
Important: You cannot change your name on Roads and Maritime records using a photo-kit. Change of name must be done in person at a registry or service centre once you return to NSW. See Changing your personal details for more information.
Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards.
Please do not send cash.
If you’re temporarily interstate, a cheque or money order made payable to Roads and Maritime Services is acceptable.
If you’re temporarily overseas, an overseas bank draft made payable to Roads and Maritime Services in Australian dollars is acceptable. The overseas bank must endorse the draft as being payable at a nominated Australian bank, otherwise it will not be acceptable for presentation.
Submitting your application
The special camera used to process a photo-kit licence is not available at local registries or service centres, therefore you must send the kit and your payment to:
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 21
PARKES NSW 2870