Renewing your licence—travelling interstate or overseas
If you are travelling or temporarily residing interstate or overseas, you may be able to renew your Queensland driver licence by mail. You can do this up to 6 weeks before your licence expires.
You can also renew your licence online, check to see if you can use this service.
You will not be able to renew your driver licence by mail if:
- your driver licence expired more than 5 years ago
- your driver licence is currently cancelled or suspended
- you are currently disqualified from holding or getting a driver licence in Australia or any other country.
How to renew your licence by mail
Step 1: Download the interstate or overseas licence renewal kit
The interstate or overseas driver licence renewal kit consists of:
- instructions and application checklist
- driver licence application form
- specimen signature form
- temporary residence statement—interstate or overseas
- medical certificate for motor vehicle driver
- evidence of identity requirements for individuals.
Step 2: Complete the driver licence application form
You will need to complete all sections of the driver licence application form.
You must sign this form in the presence of an approved witness, or local equivalent:
- police officer
- barrister or judge
- Justice of the Peace
- Commissioner for Declarations
- notary public
- consular or ambassadorial officer.
Make sure you have your photographs (step 5) and a photocopy of your current Queensland driver licence (step 6) ready for signing at the same time.
Step 3: Complete the specimen signature form
You need to print this form on A4 white paper to make sure it is the correct size for digital imaging of your signature.
Make sure you complete all sections of the form and sign your name in both specimen signature boxes.
Step 4: Complete the temporary residence statement
You need to complete a temporary residence statement interstate or overseas form. The declaration must be signed by you in the presence of an approved witness (see step 2).
Step 5: Medical certificate (if required)
You need to provide a medical certificate if you are 75 years of age or older, or you have a mental or physical incapacity that may adversely affect your ability to drive safely.
You should complete the private and commercial vehicle driver’s health assessment form together with part 1 of the medical certificate for motor vehicle driver form before visiting your doctor.
Your doctor will complete the medical certificate and return it to you for lodgement with your application.
Step 6: Photos
You must provide 2 identical colour photos. You will need to get an approved witness (see step 2) to sign and endorse the back of both photos. The words that must be used are ‘I certify this is a true photograph of [applicant’s name] in my presence’.
The photos must be:
- 35mm wide by 45mm long in size and must not be more than 6 months old
- passport quality—automatic machine photographs, such as those taken from a photo booth, are not acceptable
- printed on high quality paper, at a resolution of 600dpi or higher
- must not be digitally altered or manipulated, for example photo editing to remove spots.
Glasses or sunglasses must be removed for the photo, even if normally worn for driving.
Further information about the photo requirements is provided in the kit.
Step 7: Evidence of identity
You will need to include a photocopy of your current Queensland driver licence. If you can’t provide this, you will need to provide 3 forms of identity documents.
If you have changed your name, or the details of your name are different on your identification documents, you will need to supply extra evidence of your name change.
The photocopies of your evidence of identity documents must be signed and endorsed with the words ’I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original’ by an approved witness (see step 2).
Step 8: Pay the required fees
If you are interstate, you can pay by cheque or money order.
If you are overseas, the fee must be paid by a personal or bank cheque in Australian dollars and be from an Australian affiliated bank. Your fee will depend on how long you want to renew your licence for.
The cheque or money order must be made payable to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Do not send cash.
If you choose to have someone pay the fee directly into your account at a driver licensing issuing centre, the fee must be paid before you send the completed application to us.
Step 9: Submit your application
There is a checklist in the driver licence renewal kit. When you have prepared your application, go through the checklist and make sure you have included everything. This will prevent delays in your licence renewal application being processed.
Mail your completed application, including supporting documents and the licence fee, to:
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Dalby Customer Service Centre
PO Box 767
DALBY QLD 4405
A new licence will be sent to you when we have successfully processed your licence renewal. If you have signed up for e-reminders and e-notices we will email you when your licence is posted and will send you a reminder when it's due to be renewed next time.