Applying for a temporary overseas visitor licence

Visiting NSW for more than 3 months? If you hold an overseas licence, you can apply for a temporary visitor's licence if you wish.

Who is eligible for a temporary (Q condition) licence

If you’re an overseas visitor, you can either drive on your existing overseas licence or apply for a temporary NSW licence.

A temporary visitor licence is equivalent to a NSW driver or rider licence, but the letter Q will appear in the licence conditions. The words ‘Evidence of permanent residency status not provided’ will also be printed on the back of the licence.

You cannot apply for a temporary visitor licence if:

  • you have been issued a NSW licence in the past, or
  • you're a New Zealand citizen or licence holder.

If you're visiting from New Zealand and you plan to stay in NSW for longer than 3 months, you must apply to transfer your licence to its NSW equivalent.

How to apply for a temporary visitor licence

Complete a Licence application form and take it to a service centre along with:

Documents not in English

If any of your documents aren’t in English you'll need to bring an English translation.

What types of vehicles can I drive?

Temporary visitor licence holders can drive vehicles covered by a NSW class C driver licence:

  • 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass or less, and
  • seating up to 12 adults including the driver.

Make sure you get to know the current road rules for NSW – read our Road User Handbook.

Temporary visitor licence holders can ride motorcycles covered by the NSW licence class equivalent to their overseas licence.

Make sure you get to know the current road rules for NSW – read our Motorcycle Riders’ Handbook.

Temporary visitor licence holders can drive the same kinds of heavy vehicles that are covered by their overseas licence.

Make sure you get to know the current road rules for NSW – read our Heavy Vehicle Driver Handbook.

Conditions of use

Once you’ve been issued with a NSW licence, it becomes the authority under which you can drive or ride on NSW roads. You can no longer use your overseas licence as is not recognised while you hold a NSW licence.

When driving or riding in NSW, you must meet all the conditions and restrictions that apply to your NSW licence.

You must carry the licence while riding or driving and show it to police if they ask you. They may also ask you to prove your overseas visitor status.

Suspension, cancellation or failing a test

If your temporary visitor licence is suspended or cancelled, or if you fail a NSW driver or rider test, you cannot resume driving with your overseas licence.

You must not drive on NSW roads unless you earn your NSW licence back.

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