Self Drive – Can I use an Overseas Licence?

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Can I drive in Australia with an overseas licence?

Laws and driving regulations differ from state to state in Australia, rather a pain as it would be simpler to have national rules and regulations overall. Some states require drivers to carry an International Licence with your valid foreign licence. Other states require drivers to carry a valid foreign driver’s licence together with a formal translation of your licence into English.

According to the Australian Government website:

“In most Australian states and territories (the exception is the Northern Territory), you are able to drive on a overseas licence as long as it is current. You can only drive vehicles which your overseas licence authorises you to drive and you must drive according to any conditions on your overseas licence.”

Links to each State with information regarding driving in Australia with an foreign licence:


Drive safely in Australia, obey our road rules as you would at home please.

Do not assume that speeding fines, road tolls etc. do not apply to international drivers.

Keep to the left on the roads in Australia!

Take care and enjoy the adventure!


2017-06-23T02:11:41+00:00By |Self Drive Australia|


  1. wickedwalkabout August 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    That is bad luck Craig, I hope the fine was not too high. Hopefully your advice will spare someone else the headache though!
    Apart from that incident, I trust you enjoyed your travels down under!

  2. Craig August 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    A helpful piece of advice… do not park on the opposite side of the street facing traffic like we tend to do in the U.K. as it is definitely against the law in Oz, we found out the hard way unfortunately!!

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