Visiting/moving from interstate
Find out about driving in Western Australia on an interstate driver's licence, when you will require a WA driver's licence, and how to apply.
Visiting from interstate
If you are visiting Western Australia from another Australian state or territory, you may use your existing driver's licence or learner's permit for the period you are visiting WA or until the licence or permit expires (whichever comes first).
Visiting drivers include:
- People on business trips.
- People on working holidays.
- People working temporarily in WA.
- Students studying in WA.
To be able to drive on WA roads with your driver's licence from your home state, you must:
- Always carry your licence with you while driving and show it to a police officer if asked to do so.
- Comply with any other conditions of your licence.
- Drive only those vehicles that you are authorised to drive.
- Hold a current licence that is not suspended or cancelled (you cannot drive on your interstate licence if you are disqualified from driving or your driving privileges are withdrawn).
If you are in WA to live here permanently, or intend to take up permanent residence, you are no longer considered to be a visitor. You must apply for a WA driver's licence within 3 months of becoming a WA resident or replace your interstate learnerís permit with a WA learner's permit.
Note: Spouses, dependants and eligible family members of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are authorised to drive in Western Australia (WA) on their existing interstate driver's licences, provided their interstate driver's licence remains valid and their authority to drive has not been revoked.
Interstate learner drivers
If you are visiting WA and hold a current interstate learner's permit, then you may drive (under supervision) in WA as outlined in Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act 2008.
Interstate learner drivers must comply with WA road rules and WA learner permit restrictions even if these restrictions do not apply in their home state. Failure to comply with any of the WA learner driver restrictions is an offence and penalties apply.
Note: If you are a provisional licence holder ('P' plater) familiarise yourself with the rules for novice drivers (includes 'L' and 'P' platers).
Converted classes of vehicles you are authorised to drive
Another Australian jurisdiction
- All classes converted
External territory (Cocos, Norfolk and Christmas Islands)
- All classes except Norfolk Island (C class only) converted
- MC class transfers will only be accepted where: The licence holder can provide proof that the appropriate mainland training course has been completed; or The MC class had been transferred from another mainland licensing jurisdiction.
- All classes converted
Australian Defence Force driver's licence
Spouses, dependants and eligible family members of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are authorised to drive in Western Australia (WA) on their existing interstate driver's licences, provided their interstate driver's licence remains valid and their authority to drive has not been revoked.
- ADF personnel, their spouses, dependants and other eligible family members will not be required to apply for a WA driver's licence should they reside in WA for a period exceeding three months.
- ADF personnel, their spouses, dependants and other eligible family members must carry a valid Department of Defence driver identification document, and their current interstate driver's licence when driving in WA.
A Department of Defence driver identification document must be in the form of either a:
- Current ADF Identity Card;
- National Defence Families Access Card; or
- Form AB 135 issued by the Department of Defence.
No other identity cards are acceptable.
Driving on an Interstate or New Zealand Heavy vehicle licence
Holders of an interstate or New Zealand heavy vehicle driverís licence do not need to apply for a WA driverís licence until 28 February 2023.
This means that if you hold a valid Interstate or New Zealand heavy vehicle driverís licence, you may continue to drive on this licence. You must comply with any conditions on your licence and only drive the class(es) of vehicles authorised by your licence.
About the ĎHeavy vehicle extended recognition periodí (HVERP)
On the 27 January 2022, the National Cabinet of Australian Governments agreed to progress an experience based licensing system for Australian road transport long haul operators and other truck drivers, which will recognise Australian or New Zealand heavy vehicle driver licences, because of the furloughing impacts of COVID 19.
HVERP provides that:
- Australian States and Territories will allow Australian residents or New Zealand citizens to use their equivalent heavy vehicle licence throughout Australia; and
- these measures are a temporary COVID 19 response measure, to be reviewed within 12 months after implementation.
Heavy vehicle licence holders can also drive light vehicles authorised under that licence during the HVERP.
What is the duration of HVERP?
HVERP will continue until the relevant driverís licence expires or until 28 February 2023 for Australian and New Zealand heavy vehicle drivers.
I hold a valid interstate heavy vehicle driverís licence - how does this affect me?
You are authorised to drive on your heavy vehicle driverís licence in WA until 28 February 2023, or until the expiry of your licence, whichever comes first.
You may still apply for a WA driverís licence if you wish to. You can do this by exchanging your interstate licence and applying to the Department of Transport. For more details see Visiting/moving from interstate.
I hold a valid New Zealand heavy vehicle driverís licence - how does this affect me?
You are authorised to drive on your New Zealand driverís licence until 28 February 2023, or until the expiry of your licence, whichever comes first.
You may still apply for a WA driverís licence if you wish to. For more details, see: Transferring your overseas licence
What is the extent of the driving authorisation included in HVERP?
Under the HVERP you can drive in WA, as if you held a corresponding WA driverís licence.
Where a driver has been suspended or otherwise disqualified or excluded from driving in another Australian jurisdiction or New Zealand they are not authorised to drive in WA.
Details of any other approved countries under HVERP will be published on the DoT website, including what driving authorisations will be recognised.
The details of any extension of driving authorisation will also be published on the DoT website
Apply for a WA driver's licence (interstate licence holders)
If you hold a licence from another Australian state or territory, and are now residing in WA, you can use your licence from your home state for up to 3 months. After that you will need to transfer your licence to a WA licence.
Note: You will be able to convert all vehicle classes on your licence to your WA licence, except for licences issued by Norfolk Island.
If you hold a provisional driverís licence issued in another Australian state or territory, you can have the time you have held an active driverís licence credited towards WAís provisional period when applying for the grant of a WA driverís licence (C or R class only).
A WA provisional period is a total of 730 days, or time until 19 years of age, whichever is the greater. If your licence has been inactive for any period of time (due to late renewal, fines suspensions, or any other disqualification), this time will not count towards your provisional period.
Step 3: Submit the application in person, visiting/moving from interstate
You will need to apply in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent and provide the following documentation:
- Your driver's licence from another Australian jurisdiction (current or expired less than 5 years), or a combination of driver licence details/letter from your issuing authority.
- Proof of your WA residential address.
- Required proof of identification documents.
For more information, please refer to proof of identity.
While at the DVS centre or regional agent, you will be required to:
- Complete an application form.
- Answer questions regarding traffic or criminal convictions.
- Declare any medical conditions or medication taken.
- Have your photo taken for your new licence (if you have not already provided one).
You may also be required to complete a customer consent to obtain information from another licensing authority form which may be used to verify the initial date of issue of your licence.
For information on fees, please refer to Driver licence fees for more information.
If you meet all of the requirements below you will be granted a WA driver's licence.
If you are a provisional licence holder ('P' plater) familiarise yourself with the Rules for novice drivers (includes 'L' and 'P' platers).
Driver licence transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees
|Overseas or (expired) Interstate driver's licence transfer application (if no driving test is required)||$56.30|
|Overseas or (expired) Interstate driver's licence transfer application (if a driving test is required)||$126.10|
Step 4: Undertake required tests: Visiting/moving from interstate
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.
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.
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.
Theory tests (if required)
Theory tests that you may be required to take 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.
For more information, refer to rules for novice drivers (includes 'L' and 'P' platers).
Practical Driving Assessment (if required)
For more information on undertaking a Practical Driving Assessment please go to Pass a Practical Assessment.
Step 5: We take your photograph
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 Photopoint location. Your signature will also need to be captured.
If you have concerns regarding the photograph, please refer to our frequently asked questions.
|Your personal details and photograph (Frequently Asked Questions)||Kb|