Welcome to Australia. After the initial settlement period is over it is time to take to the Australian roads. If you are staying away from a public transport service it becomes all the more important to have your own mode of transport to move around. Wanting to drive on the Australian roads with your Indian driving license?
Well, read up on some of the frequently asked questions to gain insights on the driving license requirements before you hit the roads.
International students/ short-stay residents can drive on their Indian driving license until they get their permanent residency. All over Australia, you can drive on your Indian driving license as long as
Yes Indians coming to Australia on Australia PR can drive on their Indian driving license. With the exception in the state of Victoria Indians on Australian PR can drive on their Indian driving license for the first three months of their stay. The state of Victoria allows six months to convert the Indian driving license. The PR holders would have to convert their Indian driving license to an Australian license within those three or six months.
There might be minor variations in the conversion procedure depending on the state where you reside. Across all the states the procedure for a PR holder to convert the IDLV depends on how long you have been holding a full license. To be eligible for a full Australian driving license you should have been driving in India on a full driving license for a minimum of 3 years.
If the PR holder is holding a full driving license and has been driving in India for more than 3 years then the process is
Make sure that the name in the driving license is exactly matching with the name given on the passport. If not you would have to get a name verification done. There are two ways to get the name verification done
If there is no mismatch in your name as per the driving license and passport you can skip the first step and move on directly to verify your Indian driving license. Except in Victoria, the license verification certificate is a required document to be submitted along with the Australian driving license form at the RTO. In Victoria VicRoads the license issuing authority does an independent verification of your driving license instead of asking for the consulate certificate.
To verify your Indian driving license the documents required are
While obtaining the letter from the Indian License Issuing Authority the following things need to be verified
There are fees for the VFS driving license verification. For fee details and filling up the online driving license verification form, you can visit the VFS site. Post filling up the online form and the paying fees you can hand in the documents in person by making an online appointment at the designated VFS office. If you are unable to visit in person you can courier the documents. However, make sure to take a print out of the IDLV Checklist and submit it along with the documents. After scrutinizing the documents the VFS would issue the license verification certificate. In name mismatch cases the license verification certificate will only be issued in the name as it appears on the license.
Make a visit to your nearest RTO to collect the Australian license application form
The application form after filling needs to submitted along with the below documents
Step 4 involves taking the various tests such as
Eye Tests- Eye test needs to be undertaken and passed
Driving Knowledge Test- The Driving knowledge test similar to our learner test needs to be taken. It is an online test and you can take the test at the designated center after prior booking of the slot.
Drivers Qualification Test – Once DKT is taken and cleared you can book for the driving test. Book for the test after taking some driving lessons and on a Saturday when the traffic is less. Once you have cleared the driving test you will get your full driving license.
If the PR holder is holding a full driving license is less than 3 yrs then the process for converting the license is the same until step 3 and varies In Step 4.
If the date of issuance of the full Indian driving license is less than 12 months the steps are
If the date of issuance of the full Indian driving license is more than 12 months but less than 3 years the steps are
With the above in-depth answers to your questions, you can now successfully hit the Australian roads and embark on your driving license conversion journey. Also if you are moving interstate the interstate transfer process is to be initiated and the new address is to be updated. If you are shifting houses also the new address needs to be updated. If you have any comments or feedback, let us know through the comments below.