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Transferring to a Queensland licence

You will need to apply for a Queensland driver licence if you:

  • are an Australian citizen with an interstate licence 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.

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.

How to apply for a Queensland driver licence

You can apply for a Queensland driver licence for the same class as your interstate or foreign licence by visiting a Transport and Main Roads customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office or a police station.

Make sure you meet the minumum age limit for the type of Queensland licence you are applying for. 

You will need to:
  • complete the driver licence application (F3000)
  • if you are transferring from a foreign licence—bring your foreign driver licence and a recognised English translation (if needed) from a translator approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)
  • if you are transferring from an interstate licence—bring your interstate licence because you will have to hand it in to get your Queensland licence
  • bring your evidence of identity documents, including proof that you live in Queensland
  • declare that you are medically fit to drive the class of vehicle (you may need to provide a medical certificate that states that you are medically fit to drive.)
  • pay the licence fee—the cost will depend on how long you want your Queensland driver licence for. If you have more than 6 weeks left on your interstate licence, you will get a Queensland licence with the same expiry as your interstate licence at no charge.

When you have been issued with a Queensland driver licence you can no longer drive with your interstate or overseas licence in Queensland.

Need an interpreter?

If you have genuine difficulty in understanding or speaking English, we can arrange for an interpreter to assist you during your road rules test. However, you may need to tell the licence-issuing officer what some traffic signs mean without the interpreter’s help.

Further information about this service can be obtained by contacting your local licence-issuing office.

New Zealand licence

Car or motorcycle licence

You will not need to pass the written road rules test or practical driving test if you hold or have held within the last 5 years, a New Zealand driver licence that corresponds to a class C, RE or R driver licence and you are applying for a Queensland car or motorcycle driver licence.

If you hold or have held within the last 5 years, a New Zealand learner licence that corresponds to a class C, RE or R learner licence, you will not need to pass a written road rules test to apply for a Queensland learner licence.  

To be eligible for a class RE learner licence, you must have held a provisional or open class C licence for at least 1 year in the last 5 years.

Heavy vehicle driver licence

If you are applying for a Queensland heavy vehicle driver licence (class LR, MR, HR, HC or MC, and you hold, or have held within the last 5 years an equivalent heavy vehicle licence issued in New Zealand, you will need to pass the written road rules test for heavy vehicles.

You will not have to take the practical driving test.

Multi-combination licence

If you want to transfer a multi-combination licence (MC), you will need to:

Other countries

The requirements for getting a Queensland driver licence can vary, depending on where your licence was issued and the licence class you want to apply for. 

Country Requirements for a Queensland driver licence
Recognised countries
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man (for licences issued on or after 1 April 1991)
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta (for licences issued on or after 2 January 2004)
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

(External territories of these countries are excluded)

If you are applying for a Queensland learner licence, you won’t have to pass a written road rules test if you hold or have held within the last 5 years a learner licence that corresponds to a class C, RE or R licence granted from these countries.
To be eligible for a class RE learner licence, you must have held a provisional or open class C licence for at least 1 year in the last 5 years.

If you are applying for a Queensland provisional or open car or motorcycle licence, you won't have to pass a written road rules test or a practical driving test if you hold, or have held within the last 5 years, a driver licence (other than a learner licence), that corresponds to a class C, RE or R licence granted from these countries.

If you are applying for a Queensland provisional or open heavy vehicle licence (class LR, MR, HR, HC or MC), you will need to pass a written road rules test and a practical driving test.

Experienced driver recognition countries
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • South Korea
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa (Republic of)
  • Taiwan

(External territories of these countries are excluded)

If you are applying for a Queensland learner licence, you won’t have to pass a written road rules test if you are 25 years or older and you hold, or have held within the last 5 years, a learner licence that corresponds to a class C, RE or R licence granted from these countries.

To be eligible for a class RE learner licence, you must have held a provisional or open class C licence for at least 1 year in the last 5 years.

If you are applying for a Queensland provisional or open car or motorcycle licence, you won't have to pass a written road rules test or a practical driving test if you are 25 years of age or older and you hold, or have held within the last 5 years, a driver licence (other than a learner licence), that corresponds to a class C, RE or R licence granted from 1 of these countries.

If you are applying for a Queensland provisional or open heavy vehicle licence (class LR, MR, HR, HC or MC), you will need to pass a written road rules test and a practical driving test.

If your driver licence has been issued in a country not listed, you will need to pass a written road rules test and practical driving test to get a Queensland driver licence.

From 1 January 2014 if you hold a foreign licence and you fail a practical driving test, your authority to drive on your foreign licence will be withdrawn.

You will be able to use your foreign licence for the next practical driving test you take. If you need to practise before taking your next test you will have to get a Queensland learner licence.

Last updated
26 February 2015

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