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Transferring to a Queensland licence

If you have moved to Queensland, you will need to apply for a Queensland driver licence if you are:

  • an Australian citizen and you've been living in Queensland for 3 months
  • not an Australian citizen but you were given a resident visa before you moved to Queensland and you have been living in Queensland for 3 months
  • not an Australian citizen, but you were given a resident visa after you moved to Queensland and you've been living 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 licence for the same class as your interstate or overseas licence by visiting one of the following:

You must meet the minimum age requirement for the type of Queensland licence you are applying for.

You do not have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a transport and motoring customer service centre. You will need to complete a driver licence application (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.

Your authority to drive on your interstate or overseas licence will be withdrawn when you have been issued with a Queensland licence. This means you can no longer drive with your interstate or overseas licence in Queensland.

Interstate licence

If you are transferring an interstate licence you will need to:

Current interstate licence

If your interstate licence is current, you must pay the interstate licence transfer fee. The unexpired period left on your interstate licence will be transferred to your Queensland licence (to a maximum of 5 years). You can also choose to pay a fee to add additional time to your new Queensland licence.

Expired interstate licence

If your interstate licence is expired, you will only pay the licence fee for the term you have selected—you won't need to pay the interstate licence transfer fee.

Overseas licence

If you are transferring an overseas licence you will need to:

All documents must be originals—photocopies and certified copies are not acceptable. We may keep information about, or a copy of your evidence of identity documents. This is so we can verify these documents with the issuing agency or a document verification service.

Need help with the road rules test?

You can talk with your family and friends to help you complete PrepL online, but there are serious penalties if you have someone else do the course for you. If you can't complete the PrepL course online, we can arrange for an interpreter or a staff member to help you with a written road rules test in one of our licence-issuing offices .

You can get more information about this service by contacting your local licence-issuing office.

Exempt overseas countries

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