Overseas driver licencing in the ACT
People from other countries who take up residence in the ACT must hold an ACT Driver Licence. Current overseas licences or International Driving Permits are valid for three months only.
When driving in the ACT a visiting driver must carry:
- Your foreign driver licence written in English; or
- Your international driving permit accompanied by your foreign driver licence; or
- Your foreign driver licence that is not in English, accompanied by an official English translation of the licence. An official translation means a translation certified by an Embassy or Consulate or by a National Accreditation Authority For Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) or an Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) accredited translator.
An International Driving Permit is only valid if it is accompanied by the foreign licence. Visiting drivers may only drive vehicles they are permitted to drive in their home country and must comply with any restrictions endorsed on their overseas licence.
In addition, applicants must:
- provide proof of their identity and residency;
- pass an eyesight test;
- pass a knowledge test;
- pass a driving or riding test;
- provide completed medical assessment (if required); and
- pay the required fees.
If you hold a current Full driver licence for a motor vehicle or motorbike from an approved country or Experienced Driver Recognised Country who is 25 years of age or older, you will not be required to pass a practical driving assessment or a Road Rules Knowledge test.