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Driving in Queensland on an interstate or overseas licence

If you are visiting Queensland from another country, you can drive if you have a valid overseas licence. If you are visiting Queensland from another Australian state or territory you can drive if you have a valid interstate licence. You can't drive in Queensland with your interstate or overseas licence if you have been issued with a Queensland licence.

When driving in Queensland under your valid interstate or overseas licence you must:

  • only drive the class of motor vehicle authorised on that licence
  • comply with the conditions (if any) of your licence
  • show your licence to a police officer when asked to do so.

You can’t drive in Queensland if:

  • you have been disqualified from holding or getting a driver licence by an Australian court
  • your authority to drive in Queensland has been suspended because you:
    • have not paid fines issued to you
    • accumulated too many demerit points on your traffic history
    • have been convicted of driving at more than 40km/hr over the speed limit
  • your authority to drive in Queensland on your overseas licence has been withdrawn because you:
    • become medically unfit to drive safely
    • are an Australian citizen and you have been residing in Queensland for 3 months
    • are not an Australian citizen, but before you took up residence in Queensland you were given a resident visa and you have now been residing in Queensland for 3 months
    • are not an Australian citizen, but after you took up residence in Queensland you were given a resident visa and you have now been residing in Queensland for 3 months since getting the visa
    • have failed a practical driving test in Queensland after 1 January 2014.

A resident visa is a permanent visa or special category visa under the Migration Act 1958 (Commonwealth). These visas allow a person to stay indefinitely in Australia. These do not include temporary, business or guardian visas.

If you drive in Queensland when you are not allowed to, you will be charged with unlicensed driving and you may have to appear in court.

Find out more about driving without a licence.

Learn the Queensland road rules

If you are driving on your overseas licence, make sure you understand the Queensland road rules.

Read more about driving safely in Queensland.

Getting stopped by police

If you are stopped by police when you are driving, you will need to give your name and address and show your driver licence. You may also need to take a roadside alcohol breath test or drug saliva test.

If your licence is in a language other than English, you should carry a recognised English translation of it when you are driving. You should show this translation to police when you have to show your driver licence.

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) has a list of approved translators.

Last updated
20 December 2013

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