Check which NSW licence you're eligible for

If you have a current overseas licence, it may count towards getting a NSW licence. Find which licence is equivalent to yours in NSW.

NSW equivalents for overseas driver and rider licences

In addition to having an overseas licence, you must be at least:

  • 16 years for a NSW learner driver licence
  • 16 years and 9 months for a NSW learner rider licence
  • 17 years for a NSW provisional driver or rider licence.
Overseas licenceNSW equivalent
Driver, current learner

Learner driver licence.

You may be eligible to take a Hazard Perception Test (HPT) and driving test to progress to a provisional licence without starting on a NSW learner licence. You may also need to pass a knowledge test.

Driver, held for less than 12 months

Provisional P1 driver licence

You may need to pass a knowledge test and driving test.

Driver, held for more than 12 months but less than 3 years

Provisional P2 driver licence

You may need to pass a knowledge test and driving test.

Driver, held for more than 3 years

Unrestricted driver licence

You may need to pass a knowledge test and driving test.

Rider, current learner

Learner rider licence.

You are exempt from attending the pre-learner rider training course to be issued a NSW learner rider licence.
You may need to pass a rider knowledge test.

Rider, held for less than 12 months

Provisional P1 rider licence

You may need to pass a rider knowledge test and successfully complete the Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (if you live in a declared area) or a rider test (if you live outside a declared area).

Rider, held for more than 12 months but less than 3 years if you are under 25 years

Provisional P2 rider licence

You may need to pass a rider knowledge test and successfully complete the Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (if you live in a declared area) or a rider test (if you live outside a declared area).

Rider, held for more than 12 months but less than 3 years and you are 25 or older with a current Australian unrestricted driver licence

Unrestricted rider licence

You are exempt from the P2 rider licence stage.
You may need to pass a rider knowledge test and successfully complete the Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (if you live in a declared area) or a rider test (if you live outside a declared area).

Rider, held for more than 3 years

Unrestricted rider licence

You may need to pass a rider knowledge test and successfully complete the Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (if you live in a declared area) or a rider test (if you live outside a declared area).

Confirming your eligibility

Call us on 13 22 13 or visit a service centre to discuss your personal situation.

We reserve the right to require applicants undertake a knowledge test or driving/riding test and may not issue a NSW licence unless we are satisfied an overseas licence is valid.


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