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 for the period you are visiting WA or until the licence expires (whichever comes first).

Visiting drivers include:

  • People on business trips.
  • People on working holidays.
  • People working temporarily in WA.
  • Students studying in WA.
  • Tourists.

To be able to drive on WA roads with your driver's licence from your home state, you must:

  • Carry your licence with you at all times 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(you cannot drive on your interstate licence if you are disqualified from driving or your driving privileges are withdrawn).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 live and work in WA, 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.

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driver's licences, provided their interstate driver's licence remains valid and their authority to drive has not been revoked.

  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.

Defence forces

  • 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driver's licences, provided their interstate driver's licence remains valid and their authority to drive has not been revoked.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.

  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 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.

  Step 1: Provide proof of identity

You will need to provide acceptable documents to prove your identity.

The name on your documentation should provide a clear link to the name on your interstate driver's licence; if the name on your interstate driver's 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; for example, divorce papers, marriage certificate, change of name certificate or licence to change name documentation.

You must produce the identity documents outlined in the fact sheet to be issued with a WA driver's licence or Photo Card.

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  Step 2: Provide proof of WA residence

You will be required to provide proof that you are currently residing in Western Australia. This will generally take the form of an electrical, water or gas bill to your address.

  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.

Note:

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

Fee type Fee
Overseas or (expired) Interstate driver's licence transfer application (if no driving test is required) $47.35
Overseas or (expired) Interstate driver's licence transfer application (if a driving test is required) $99.30

  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.

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Page last updated: Tue Oct 15 2019 12:01:08 PM