Transferring your overseas licence

Find out how to apply for Western Australia drivers licence if you are a permanent resident.

  Laws about driving legally in Western Australia

If you hold a permanent resident visa and are living in Western Australia, you can drive with your current overseas licence for up to 3 months.

During this time, you will need to apply for a WA driver's licence using the procedure below.

  Step 1: Check if your current overseas driver's licence is from a recognised country

Do you hold a driver's licence from a recognised country? Has this driver's licence expired by less than 12 months?

If so, when applying for a WA licence:

  • You are exempt from taking the computerised theory test on the road rules.
  • You may be exempt from the requirement to undertake a Practical Driving Assessment.
  • For eligibility, please see the notes below.

Experienced driver recognised country

On 1 September 2012 Western Australia adopted a new experienced driver recognised country category. If your driver licence was issued by an experienced driver recognised country and you are 25 years of age or older, WA will recognise your overseas driving experience (For eligibility, please see notes/key below).

Upon application for the grant of a WA driver's licence you will be exempt from the theory and practical assessments (car and motorcycle only), provided your overseas driver licence has not expired by more than 12 months.

If you hold a driver's licence from an experienced driver recognised country and you are under 25 years of age you will be required to undertake and pass the theory and practical driving tests prior to the grant of a WA driver's licence.

This only applies to vehicle classes C and R (if held). Licence holders must pass a theory test and Practical Driving Assessment for any other class of vehicle you wish to drive.

Driver from a non-recognised driver country

Non-recognised countries are countries that are assessed as not meeting the minimum requirements of the National Australian Standard. Applicants from these countries must undertake and pass both the Practical Driving Assessment and the theory tests.

Non-recognised licence holders

If you have held a permanent visa for 3 months or more whilst residing in Australia, or your overseas driver's licence has expired or been disqualified, you cannot drive on your overseas licence.

Recognised countries

Country Condition (if any)
Austria nil
Belgium nil
Bosnia-Herzegovina Recognised for new applications from 01/03/2013
Canada nil
Croatia nil
Denmark nil
Finland nil
France nil
Germany nil
Greece nil
Guernsey nil
Ireland nil
Isle of Man Recognised if your Isle of Man licence was issued on or after 01/11/1991
Italy nil
Japan nil
Jersey nil
Luxembourg nil
Malta Recognised if your Malta licence was issued on or after 02/01/2004
Netherlands nil
New Zealand nil
Norway nil
Portugal nil
Singapore nil
Spain nil
Sweden nil
Switzerland nil
United Kingdom nil
United States of America nil

Experienced driver recognised country

Country Recognised for new applications
Bulgaria From: 01/032013
Czech Republic From: 01/09/2012
Estonia From: 01/09/2012
Hong Kong From: 01/09/2012
You must have held a Hong Kong driver's licence for a minimum of 12 months. If your licence has been issued for less than 12 months but you held a Hong Kong driver's licence previously, you must provide official confirmation of this from the Hong Kong driver licensing authority.
Hungary From: 01/03/2013
Latvia From: 01/03/2013
Lithuania From: 01/03/2013
Poland From: 01/03/2013
Republic of Cyprus From: 01/03/2013
Republic of Korea From: 01/09/2012
Romania From: 01/03/2013
Slovakia From: 01/03/2013
Slovenia From: 01/03/2013
South Africa From: 01/03/2013
Taiwan From: 01/09/2012

  Step 2: Ensure you meet the age and experience requirement for the classes of licence you are applying for

Please go to Vehicle classes to find out more about the age and experience requirements for the different vehicle classes.

  Step 3: Find out what tests you will need to undertake

Eyesight test (all applicants)

This will be conducted at the Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent when you apply for your licence. If you use any visual aids to pass the eyesight test, your licence will be endorsed to show that you must wear those aids when driving.

Road rules theory tests

This computerised test consists of 30 multiple choice questions on the road rules and safe driving practice and is conducted at the Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent when you apply for your licence.

You will need to get 24 or more answers correct in order to pass. You should prepare for the test by studying the Drive Safe handbook and taking our online road rules theory test quiz.

You may also consider applying through an Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) centre for entry to one of the English for Driving courses. This course will teach you how to obtain your WA driver's licence.

If you are unable to undertake the theory test due to language difficulties, you may be able to take the test orally.

Motorcycle theory tests

This test consists of 35 multiple-choice questions that relate to general road rules and motorcycles. You will need to get 28 or more answers correct in order to pass.

To help you prepare for the test we encourage you to read the relevant sections of the Ride Safe handbook and try the motorcycle-specific quizzes.

Heavy vehicle theory tests

All applicants who wish to apply for authorisation to drive an Medium Rigid (MR class) vehicle or above will need to pass the heavy vehicle theory test.

The test consists of 10 questions of which you have to get 8 or more correct to pass.

To help you prepare for the test we have provided the theory questions below and encourage you to read the relevant sections of the Drive Safe handbook.

For more information, please download the fact sheet.

Practical Driving Assessments

Please refer to the Practical Driving Assessment section of the driver's licence you are applying for:

Converted classes

Note:

If your driver's licence has expired by more than 5 years, you must complete any theory tests and practical driving assessments that are applicable as well as comply with the above requirements.

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Road rules theory tests by country

Driver is from Test required
New Zealand No
Recognised country/experienced driver No
Non-recognised country Yes

Motorcycle theory tests by country

Driver is from Test required
New Zealand No, if you have an equivalent class
Recognised country/experienced driver No, if you have an equivalent class
Non-recognised country Yes, if applying to ride a motorcycle (R-E or R class) vehicle

Heavy vehicle theory tests by country

Driver is from Test required
New Zealand Yes, if applying to drive a heavy vehicle - Medium Rigid (MR class) vehicle or above
Recognised country/experienced driver Yes, if applying to drive a heavy vehicle - Medium Rigid (MR class) vehicle or above
Non-recognised country Yes, if applying to drive a heavy vehicle - Medium Rigid (MR class) vehicle or above

Practical Driving Assessments by country

Driver is from Test required
New Zealand No
Recognised country/experienced driver Only if applying to drive a heavy vehicle (not for a car or motorcycle)
Non-recognised country Yes

Converted classes by country

Driver is from Class conversion allowed
New Zealand All vehicle classes except Multi Combination (MC class) vehicle
Recognised country/experienced driver Only vehicle classes Car (C class) and Motorcycle (R class), if held. Licence holders must pass a Practical Driving Assessment for any other class of vehicle you wish to drive
Non-recognised country None. Licence holders must pass a Practical Driving Assessment for the classes of vehicle you wish to drive

  Step 4: Prepare proof of identity, verification of documents and photographs

Proof of identity

When applying for your first driver's licence you must supply a number of documents as proof of your identity. Driver's licences are legal identification documents, and thus proof of identity is required when applying for one.

The name on your documentation should provide a clear link to the name on your overseas drivers licence; if the name on your overseas drivers licence does not match the name on your identification documents a Western Australian licence cannot be granted.

If you have changed your name you will need to provide documentation relating to your name change e.g. divorce papers, marriage certificate, change of name certificate, deed poll papers or licence to change name documentation.

Please go to Proof of identity for more information.

Non-English driver's licences

If your licence is not in English you must bring an official translation of your original driver's licence document, along with your overseas driver's licence.

You must ensure that:

  • A certified copy of your overseas driver's licence is attached to the translation.
  • The translation is certified as being a true and correct translation of your original driver's licence document.

Translations of overseas driver's licences are accepted from:

  • Accredited translators (see National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters NAATI). This includes NAATI accredited paraprofessional translators.
  • Official consulates (see list of Consulates in Australia).
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection (in special circumstances only).

Photographs

You will need to have your photograph taken for your driver's licence. Your photograph will be taken at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent or Photo point location. Your signature will also need to be captured.

If you have concerns regarding the photograph, please refer to our frequently asked questions.

Drivers licences from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan and Republic of Ireland

Holders of drivers licences from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan and Republic of Ireland will need to have their licences verified by their home countries.

Driver's licences from Republic of Ireland

If your driving licence is from the Republic of Ireland, you do not need to obtain a verification letter from the Consulate. The Department of Transport will contact the Road Safety Authority in Ireland on your behalf to verify your licence details.

Drivers licences from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iraq and Pakistan

If you hold a driver's licence issued in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iraq, or Pakistan you are required to obtain a Letter of Verification from your high commission, embassy or consulate regarding the authenticity of the driver's licence.

The verification process will take about 4 weeks to complete. Please ensure that this letter of verification has been sent to the Department of Transport before applying for your licence.

Note: If you have been granted Australian Citizenship - the consulates of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Iraq may not verify the drivers licence issued in that country.

Please use the contact information below to locate the nearest consulate in your area.

Please note:

  • NAATI, WAITI, and AUSIT maintain an online directory of practitioners and do not provide the actual translation service.
  • DVS only accepts driver licence translations provided by the Department of Social Services "Free Translating Service" where the translation has been done by a NAATI accredited translator.
Opens in a new window Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): Consulates in Australia
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External Link Western Australian Institute of Translators and Interpreters (WAITI)
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Consulate contacts - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iraq and Pakistan

Country and office name Contact address Post Office Box Telephone/Fax Email
Afghanistan
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
4 Beale Crescent,
Deakin West ACT 2600
  T (02) 6282 7377
F (02) 6282 7322
Email
Bangladesh
The High Commission of Bangladesh
All telephone enquiries should be made between am to pm
57 Culgoa Circuit,
O'Malley ACT 2606
  T (02) 6290 0511
F (02) 6290 0544
 
India
India Passport and Visa Service Centre
Applications must be made on-line and printed documents sent to the contact address
195 Adelaide Terrace,
Perth WA 6000 (Good Earth Hotel)
  T (02) 9037 2579  
Indonesia
The Consulate of The Republic of Indonesia, Perth
134 Adelaide Terrace,
Perth WA 6000
PO Box 6683,
East Perth WA 6892
T (08) 9221 5858
F (08) 9221 5688
 
Iraq
The Consulate-General of the Republic of Iraq
Level 11, 5 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
  T (02) 9237 0600
F (02) 9221 1553
Email
Pakistan
The High Commission of Pakistan
4 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT 2600 PO Box 7130,
Yarralumla ACT 2600
T (02) 6273 1114 Email
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  Step 5: Submit the application in person: Overseas driver's licence

Applications for a new driver's licence must be submitted in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent.

Please ensure you take the following documentation with you:

Note:

If you have not held your overseas driver's licence for more than 2 years, or you are under the age of 19 years of age, you are considered a Novice Driver.

You will be issued with a provisional licence ('P' plates). Your new driver's licence will show when the provisional driving period ends.

  Driver licence fees and payments (2016/2017)

Notes:

* Denotes fee includes Goods and Services Tax (GST).

If you have a medical condition or occupational endorsement on your driver's licence which requires the Department of Transport to set a driver's licence renewal period other than the standard 1 to 5 years, then the fees you are required to pay may differ from the ones stated below.

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. When this option is used, the class restriction removal fee is applied.

Driver licence renewal fees

Fee type Fee
New application fee (original issue, not HC or MC class) $75.90
Licence fee - 1 year $41.80
Licence fee - 5 years $132.00
Licence fee - 1 year forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 2 years forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 3 years forced by condition $79.20
Licence fee - 4 years forced by condition $105.60
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior $13.20
Licence fee - 5 years Pensioner or Senior $66.00
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $13.20
Licence fee - 2 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 3 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $39.60
Licence fee - 4 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 1 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^
Licence fee - 5 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Duplicate/replacement driver licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence $35.20
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Pensioners and Seniors) $17.60
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Aged Pensioners) No Fee

Duplicate tax invoice

Fee type Fee
Duplicate tax invoice (including 10% Goods and Services Tax) $9.70

Certified copy of excessive demerit points notice fee

Fee type Fee
Certified copy of notice $20.80

Transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees

Fee type Fee
Transfer application (overseas or expired interstate) $40.70
Additional class application (not MC or HC) $75.90
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $72.50

Removal of class restriction fees

Fee type Fee
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $72.50

Extraordinary driver's licence fees

Fee type Fee
Original extraordinary licence application - 1 year $180.40
Original extraordinary licence application - 6 months $90.20
Extraordinary licence renewal - 1 year $38.50
Extraordinary licence renewal - 6 months $19.25
Extraordinary licence replacement $35.20

Alcohol Interlock fee

Fee type Fee
Alcohol Interlock condition $129.00

Concessions

Participants in the Alcohol Interlock Scheme may be eligible for a concession rate for the cost of scheduled inspections if they hold a valid concession card and are receiving the full rate of entitlement.

Valid concession cards need to be presented to the Accredited Service Provider or Agent at time of application and at every scheduled service.

  • Age.
  • Carer.
  • Disability Support Pension Carer.
  • Disability Support Pension Spouse.
  • Disability Support Pension.
  • Health Care card - low income only.
  • MRCA Veterans (Military Rehabilitation and Compensation).
  • Pension Concession card.
  • Service Invalidity.
  • Veteran Age.
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (Extreme Disablement Adjustment). The card must be endorsed 'EDA'.
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated). The card must be endorsed 'TPI'.

Learner driver fees

Fee type Fee
Sit the learner's permit theory test $18.50
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $12.90
Application fee including one practical driving assessment (PDA) $75.90
Every subsequent PDA resit $72.50
Learner guide and log book $18.40
Initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $20.90
Every subsequent HPT resit $13.90
Learner permit replacement $34.50

HC and MC heavy vehicle class fees

Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers:
MC class application $40.70
MC class restriction removal $165.70
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department/Police:
HC class application $173.90
HC class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $40.70
HC supplementary Practical Driving Assessment $165.70
HC class restriction removal $165.70
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers:
HR/HC class application $40.70
HR/HC class $165.70

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $108.50
T (taxi) extension application $105.10

Driving instructors fees

Fee type Fee
Application fee $93.00
Licence fee $5.30
Duplicate licence fee $7.70
Testing fee $161.80

WA photo card fees

Fee type Fee
WA photo card application $42.50
Replacement WA photo card $35.20
Additional WA photo card $36.00
WA photo card application - Pensioner or Senior concession
$21.25
Replacement WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession
$17.60
Additional WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession
$18.00
WA photo card application/replacement/additional - Aged Pensioner
No fee

The WA photo card replaced the proof of age card.

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  Step 6: Undertake required tests: Overseas licence

All applicants will be required to take the eye test when applying for a driver's licence. If required, medical and other tests must also be completed before issue of the licence.

Eyesight test (all applicants)

This will be conducted at the Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent when you apply for your licence. If you use any visual aids to pass the eyesight test, your licence will be endorsed to show that you must wear those aids when driving.

Medical test (if necessary)

When applying for your licence you must declare on your application whether you have any medical conditions and/or take any medication that may affect your ability to drive. We will let you know if you need to undertake a medical examination.

Other tests

Additional tests and assessments that may be required include:

  • Road rules theory test.
  • Motorcycle theory test.
  • Heavy vehicle theory test.

Upon passing the necessary tests you will be issued with a learner's permit ('L' plates) until you pass a Practical Driving Assessment.

You must abide by the conditions listed on your learner's permit at all times when driving in WA.

  Step 7: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment: Overseas licence (if required)

For more information on undertaking a Practical Driving Assessment please go to Pass a Practical Driving Assessment.

 

Page last updated: Tue Nov 22 2016 10:02:47 AM