Indian driving license: Driving in Australia and its conversion to an Australian driving license

Indian driving license: Driving in Australia and its conversion to an Australian driving license posted on AEST May 19, 2020, 9:05 pm

AEST May 19, 2020, 9:05 pm

Indian driving license: Driving in Australia and its conversion to an Australian driving license

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.

Can international students /short-stay residents/ drive on their Indian driving license?

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

  • Your overseas license remains current
  • You have not been disqualified from driving in Australia or anywhere else in the world
  • Your license has not been suspended or canceled
  • Your visitor’s exemption (right to drive/ride  using your overseas license) has not been terminated
  • You have not been issued an Australian license (learner, provisional or full)
  • You carry your license with you, and if it is not in English you must also carry an International Drivers Permit or an official translation.
Can Indian migrants coming to Australia on Australian PR visa drive on their Indian driving license?

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.

What is the procedure for converting Indian License to Australian Licence for a PR holder?

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.

Converting the Indian driving license with date of issuance more than 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

Step1- Making sure that there is no name mismatch in names as per the driving license and passport

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

In Australia
  • Have a Public Notary in Australia to confirm that both names [name on license and on the passport] clearly stated in full on the affidavit belong to one and the same person.
  • This document must then be apostilled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Office [DFAT] in Australia.
In India
  • Have an affidavit made from the court in India, confirming that both names [name on license and on the passport] clearly stated in full on the affidavit belong to one and the same person.
  • Have this notarized in India.
  • Notarized affidavit can be signed only by the applicant or father/mother of the applicant. In case affidavit is signed by the father/mother of the applicant, a copy of the passport/pan card of signatory needs to be provided.
  • Post notarization the original affidavit must then be attested at the concerned VFS centers. The affidavit attestation is to be done as a miscellaneous service at the Indian Passport and Visa Services Center.
Step 2 – Getting the License Verification Certificate

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

  • Original and the photocopy of your valid Indian driving license
  • Photocopy of the current Indian passport (first and last page)
  • A print copy of your license details available in Sarathi, the official application of MoRTH. or an original letter from the License issuing authority in India confirming that the license was issued by them.
  • One recent photograph (2-inch x 2 inches)
  • In case of name mismatch additionally, a copy of the apostilled document in case of name verification is done in Australia or a copy of notarized affidavit if the name verification is done in India.

While obtaining the letter from the Indian License Issuing Authority the following things need to be verified

  • The letter is a recent letter and is not more than 6 months,
  • Has the same name sequence that is given in License
  • Has the postal address of the issuing authority, the name, contact number, and email address of the person issuing the letter
  • Has the clear stamp and seal of the person signing the letter

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.

Step 3 – Visit The RTO

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

  1. Proof of identity documents such as your passport
  2. Residence proof such as lease agreement
  3. PR visa,
  4. Indian driving license(and a translation if not in English)
  5. License verification certificate from VFS
  6. The apostilled document or notarized affidavit in case of
Step 4 – Pass the various tests

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.

Converting the Indian driving license with the date of issuance Less Than 3 Years

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

  • Taking the eye tests
  • Pass the DKT (Driving knowledge Test)
  • Holding of the learner’s license for 12 months, completion of the 120 hours driving practice and record all timing in the logbook
  • Pass the driving test to get the Red P
  • Hold the Red P for 12 months
  • Passing the Hazard Perception Test to get the Green P
  • Hold green p for 24 months to qualify for a full license application
  • Pass the driver qualification test to get a Full license.

If the date of issuance of the full Indian driving license is more than 12 months but less than 3 years the steps are

  • Taking the eye tests
  • Pass the DKT (Driving knowledge Test)
  • Pass the driving test to get the Red P
  • Hold the Red P for 12 months
  • Passing the Hazard Perception Test to get the Green P
  • Hold green p for 24 months to qualify for a full license application
  • Pass the Driver Qualification test to get a full license.

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.

 

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