Driving in Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
If you are someone from overseas who arrives in the ACT who has no intention of becoming a permanent resident (i.e. you are on a temporary visa), then you are a visiting driver. This includes:
- business people;
- people on working holiday visas;
- people on temporary study or work visas who will return to their home countries after their study or work has finished
When driving in the ACT, you must always carry with you:
- Your foreign driver licence written in English; OR
- Your foreign driver licence AND an International Driving Permit; OR
- Your foreign driver licence not written in English AND an official translation of your foreign driver licence into English
Overseas Drivers who Intend to Become ACT Residents
If you are someone from overseas who arrives in the ACT who does have an intention of becoming a permanent resident (i.e. you are on a permanent resident visa), then you must apply for an ACT Driver Licence to drive a motor vehicle. Your foreign driver license or International Driving Permit is valid in ACT only for three months. After that three months, you must be holding an ACT Driver Licence to drive.
To apply for an ACT Driver Licence, you must provide:
- your overseas license; OR
- a letter from an overseas license issuing authority confirming your licence details and status; OR
- a letter from a relevant consulate or diplomatic office confirming your license details and status according to information obtained from an overseas licence issuing authority confirming your license details and status
Documents not in English must be accompanied by an official translation issued by the the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
In addition, you must:
- provide proof of your identity and residency; AND
- pass an eyesight test; AND
- pass a Road Rules Knowledge test; AND
- pass a practical driving or riding test; AND
- provide complete medical assessment (if required); AND
- pay the required fees
You may not be required to pass a Road Rules Knowledge test or a practical driving test, depending on whether you currently hold a Full driver licence from an approved country, or you are over 25 years of age and hold a Full driver licence from an Experienced Driver Recognised Country.
For more information, please visit http://www.rego.act.gov.au/licence/overseas-and-interstate-licence-information/overseas-drivers
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