Renew or replace rider licence

Roads and Maritime Services renews licences to make sure riders are legally licensed, so that we hold a current record of all riders and their addresses, and so that licences show up-to-date photos.

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 riding 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 ten years. If you're eligible for a concession, your licence will be renewed for five years. If you're a temporary overseas visitor and your licence is marked with the code 'Q', your licence can be renewed for one year only.

Note: The ten 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 driver/rider licence when your driver/rider licence is due for renewal. See Combined licences for further information.

If you're eligible, you may be able to renew your licence online. Otherwise you can renew your licence in person at any registry or service centre.

Renewing online

If you're eligible, you can renew your licence online up to 6 months before it expires. You may renew your licence online for 1, 3 or 5 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.

You can renew your licence online if:

  • You are aged between 21 and 75
    • If you're less than 45 years old, you must have passed an eyesight test within 10.5 years of the new licence expiry date
    • 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 registry or service centre
  • 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 registry or service centre in person to renew your licence.

Renewing in person

When you visit a registry or service centre to renew your licence in person, you need to:

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.

Learner licences

If you're a learner licence holder, you need to complete the pre-learner requirements again, that is pay for and complete a pre-learner course if you live in a declared area, or pay for and pass the rider knowledge test again if you live in an undeclared area.

Learner rider licences are renewed for 12 months.

Roads and Maritime may refuse to renew your learner licence if your driving record is unsatisfactory.

Provisional P1 and P2 licences

Your P1 rider licence is issued for 18 months. Once you've completed a continuous 12 months on your P1 (without any period of suspension or cancellation), you can upgrade to a P2 licence by passing an eyesight test only (unless you're exempt). If you don't upgrade to a P2 within 18 months, you will be considered unlicensed.

Your P2 rider licence is issued for 36 months. Once you've completed a continuous two years on your P2 (without any period of suspension or cancellation), you can upgrade to a full rider licence. No tests or courses are required. If you don't upgrade to a full licence within 36 months, you will be considered unlicensed.

P1 and P2 licence holders may be eligible to renew their licence online.

Early renewal

You can renew your licence up to six months before it expires.

Late renewal

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 your licence has expired by more than five years, you'll need to complete a Rider Knowledge Test. Rider training courses are not required, however you will need to pass a skills test at a Rider Training Centre.

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 registry or service centre 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 ten 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 the State Debt Recovery Office, 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

If your licence card has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you can apply for a replacement card online or in person at a registry or service centre.

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

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:

Photo-Licence Unit
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 21
PARKES NSW 2870
Australia

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