WA Driver's License
Find the conditions for Western Australian driver’s licence for foreigners. Is it applying to you?
You don’t need a WA driver’s licence if you are an overseas visitor: tourist, student, or temporarily working in Australia, provided that your overseas driver’s licence is valid in your country. The passport needs to be either in English, or you have to carry a valid English translation with the passport.
WA residents on an Australian permanent visa must apply for WA driver’s licence within the first three months of arriving in WA or within three months after their permanent residency was granted.
For more information check the Department of Transport website.
If you have never driven on the left-hand side of the road, Dovetail Driving recommends a couple of practice lessons to get used to Australian road rules.
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Driving Test Practice
The WA Department of Transport doesn’t recognise foreign driver’s licences equally.
The Driving Test Practice is a computerised theory test. Not all permanent residents have to pass this test.
DoT (Department of Transport) of WA fully recognises driver’s licences from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada, and few others. The permanent residents from those countries need to apply for an Australian driver’s licence.
The second category is experienced driver recognised country. The drivers from those countries must be 25 years or older and pass both tests: theory and practical.
The “non-recognised” countries fall under the third category. All the drivers have to take both tests.
You’ll find more on the DoT website.
Lisa from Dovetail Driving has experience helping new permanent residents pass the driving theory practice and practical test. She will aid with her expertise, understanding manual, practical driving and provide the car for the final exam.
Driving Test Preparation
You are ready when you know the rules from the Drive Safe handbook, feeling comfortable behind the steering wheel and obeying the road rules while driving with your instructor.
A skilled and experienced instructor will be your best ticket to pass the driving test. Apart from regular lessons, book Lisa, your Dovetail Driving instructor, for your pre-test lesson hour and car test hire.
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Overseas Driver’s Licence Conversion Overview
Permanent residents must get their Western Australian driver’s licence within the first three months of arrival in Australia. Visitors such as tourist, students, working visa foreigners and individuals on a business visa may use their driver’s licence of the country it was issued and not expired, is translated into English. When the driver’s licence expires, it is no more legal to drive on Western Australian roads. The transition to Australian rules and often adaptation to left-hand-side driving may be quite tedious to both groups.
Dovetail Driving can help permanent residents without valid driver’s licence and overseas visitors whose licence expired to get a brand new Western Australian licence; call Lisa to discuss further assistance or order your lessons online.
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Overseas Conversion Frequently Asked Questions
Is an Indian driving license valid in Australia?
The Indians with a full Indian Driver’s license can drive in Australia. When they receive Australian permanent residency, they have three months to convert their Indian driving license into an Australian license.
Call Lisa to assist you with your overseas conversion
Can I get an Australian driver's license?
Australian permanent visa holders who are entering Australia and permanent residents who already live in Australia may drive on their current overseas licence for three months from the moment of their entering Australia or receiving residency. After the initial three months, the driver’s licence of the country of origin won’t be recognised any more.
Prepare yourself for a Western Australian driver’s licence. Call Dovetail Driving.
How long can you drive on an international Licence in Western Australia?
As per the Western Australian Department of Transport:
“A person can drive on an overseas licence upon arrival in WA. The overseas licence must be valid and carried while driving. If the overseas licence is a language other than English, translating it into the English language must also be carried.
A person that holds a permanent visa granted under the Migration Act 1958 cannot drive in WA on their overseas licence after three months. The three months starts once the person lives in
WA and has a permanent visa. The three months do not start when the permanent visa was granted unless the person already lives in WA. After three months, the person must hold a WA driver’s licence to continue driving in WA.
All other visitors to WA, such as temporary visa holders, can drive in WA on their overseas licence unless:
- The overseas licence has expired, or it is not valid in the home country;
- The person cannot safely drive;
- The person holds a WA or other Australian driver’s licence.
Visitors to WA can drive on their overseas licence with no additional testing. This is widely followed throughout the world. Australia is a signatory to the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. This provides the same arrangements for holders of an Australian driver’s licence when driving overseas.”