Rules for temporary and permanent visas holders Temporary Visa If you hold a temporary visa:
Updated: Apr 2, 2022
If you hold a temporary visa:
you are not required to get a Victorian driver license and/or learner permit
you can drive using your current overseas driver license for the length of your stay
your driver license must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit.
If you hold a permanent visa (issued under the Migration Act 1958) you may drive on your overseas driver license if it's written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit for:
6 months from the date you first entered Australia (if the permanent visa was issued before you entered Australia), or
6 months from the date when the permanent visa was issued (if the permanent visa was issued to you while in Australia).
If you want to continue driving in Victoria after this time you must get a Victorian driver license. If your overseas driver license has expired, you will still be able to take the drive test as you are exempt from holding a learner permit for the test.
Once you are issued with a Victorian driver license or learner permit, it is against the law to use your overseas or interstate driver license to drive in Victoria.
Overseas learner permit
A learner permit from overseas cannot be used to drive in Victoria.
If you have an overseas learner permit you will still need to take a road law knowledge test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to get a Victorian license.