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Rules for temporary and permanent visas holders
If you have entered Victoria on a temporary visa:
- you are not required to get a Victorian driver licence and/or learner permit
- you may drive using your current overseas driver licence for the length of your stay
- your driver licence must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation or international driving permit.
A learner permit from overseas cannot be used to drive in Victoria.
If you have entered Victoria on a permanent visa issued under the Migration Act 1958 you may drive on your overseas driver licence, providing it is 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 to you 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 licence. If your overseas driver licence has expired, you will still be able to take the drive test as you are exempt from holding a learner permit for the test.
Overseas learner permit
An overseas learner permit cannot be converted to a Victorian learner permit. To get a Victorian learner permit you must take a road law knowledge test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.