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There are three licence categories for overseas driver licences:

  • Licence from a recognised country
  • Licence from an experienced driver recognition country
  • Licence from another country (non recognised)

Learn how to convert your overseas licence to a Tasmanian licence.

1How do I convert my overseas licence?

To convert your overseas licence you will need to:

  1. Go to Service Tasmania
  2. Provide full evidence of identity
  3. Provide your overseas licence (and international driving permit or English translation if necessary)
  4. Complete a licence application form

If your licence is not current, or your licence is not from a recognised country or experienced driver recognition country, you’ll also have to:

  1. Pass a knowledge test on the Tasmanian road rules. You can practice the driver knowledge test on our website.
  2. Obtain a learner licence if your licence is not current or you are advised by us that you require a learner licence
  3. Pass a practical driving assessment.

Once you are approved for the issue of a licence you will need to have your photo taken and provide a sample signature

If you do not have your overseas licence you will need to provide written evidence from the licensing authority in the country you had a licence in, or their consulate.

Even if you have your licence you may be asked to get more information from the licensing authority to assist us to transfer the licence over.

2 What countries are recognised countries for licence conversion?

For certain countries, you will not have to undertake a road rules knowledge test or a driving assessment before converting your car or motorcycle licence, as long as your licence is current. This is for countries that have similar licensing standards to Australia. These countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man (if licence first issued after 1 April 1991)
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta (if licence issued on or after 2 January 2004)
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

You will need to go to Service Tasmania to convert your overseas licence  from a recognised country.

3What countries have experienced driver recognition status?

If you hold a current licence from any of the following countries, what you will need to do depends on your age.

Experienced Driver Recognition Countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong*
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan

If you are:

 
Under 25 years of age

You will have to go to Service Tasmania with your evidence of identity, pass a knowledge test on the Tasmanian Road Rules and an overseas conversion driving assessment. You can practice the driver knowledge test on our website.

If you successfully complete these assessments, you will be issued a:

  • full licence if you have held your overseas licence for more than three years
  • P2 licence if you have held your overseas licence for less than three years but more than one year
  • P1 licence if you have held your overseas licence for less than a year.
Over 25 years of age

You won’t have to undergo any testing*, and when you go to Service Tasmania with your current driver licence and evidence of identity you will be issued a:

  • full licence if you have held your licence for three or more years
  • P2 licence if you have held your overseas licence for less than three years but more than one year
  • P1 licence if you have held your overseas licence for less than a year.

*if you have held a Hong Kong licence for less than a year, you will have to pass a knowledge test on the Tasmanian Road Rules and an overseas conversion driving assessment. You can practice the driver knowledge test on our website.

4Can I convert my overseas motorcycle learner or provisional licence?

  • Learner motorcycle licences – Overseas learner licences are not recognised in Tasmania.
  • Full and provisional motorcycle licences (recognised country or experienced driver recognition country and over 25 years of age) You can be issued with an equivalent licence by visiting Service Tasmania. Overseas provisional licences are only recognised in Tasmania if the licence is:
    • Current and
    • From a recognised country
      OR
    • From an experienced driver recognition country and you are over 25 years of age.

If the full motorcycle licence is expired, you will need to pass a knowledge test on the Tasmanian Road Rules at Service Tasmania and attend a pre-learner course. You can practice the driver knowledge test on our website.

Once you successfully complete these, you’ll be given a non-learner motorcycle licence and can take your check ride after 28 days and then successfully complete a pre-provisional assessment 28 days after your check ride.

Expired overseas provisional licences are not recognised in Tasmania.

If your full overseas licence has expired, you must apply to become a motorcycle learner.

5What if my licence is not from a recognised country or an experienced driver recognition country?

If your car licence is not from a recognised country or a country with experienced driver recognition status, you will have to pass a knowledge test on the Tasmanian Road Rules and an overseas conversion driving assessment to be issued a Tasmanian licence . You can practice the driver knowledge test on our website.

If you have a current full motorcycle licence from a non-recognised country or have experienced driver recognition but are under 25 years of age, you must pass the road rules test at Service Tasmania and successfully complete a pre-provisional assessment to get a full Tasmanian motorcycle licence.