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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 a Queensland Government licence issuing centre or, if you live in a rural area, a Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office or a licence-issuing police station (in rural or remote areas of Queensland).

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

You will  need to:

  • 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 (maximum 5 years) at no charge.

You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre.

You will still need to complete a driver  licence application (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.

Your authority to drive on your non-Queensland licence will be withdrawn when you have been issued with a Queensland driver licence.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

All documents must be originals—photocopies and certified copies are not acceptable. The department may keep a copy of your evidence of identity documents or information about them to verify these documents with the issuing agency or a document verification service.

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 and jurisdictions

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.

CountryRequirements for a Queensland driver    licence
Recognised countries and jurisdictions
  • 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/jurisdictions 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 and jurisdictions.

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 and jurisdictions.

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 and jurisdictions
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China)*
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • South Korea
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • 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 and jurisdictions.

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 and jurisdictions.

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 you have held your current Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China) licence for 12 months and are 25 years of age or older, you won't have to pass a Queensland written road rules test or a practical driving test.

If your  driver licence has been issued in a country or jurisdictions 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.