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Overseas Applicants

People from other countries who take up residence in the ACT must hold an ACT Driver Licence. They must comply with the Graduated Licence Scheme which came into effect from 1 January 2020.

To obtain an ACT Driver Licence an overseas applicant must:

  • Complete the Pre-Learner Licence Course;
  • Pass the ACT Road Rules Knowledge Test;
  • Visit an Access Canberra Service Centre to apply for the issue of a learner licence, provide proof of their identity and residency and pay the required fee.

Documents not in English are to be accompanied by an official English translation issued by the National Accreditation Authority For Translators and Interpreters.

Upon obtaining a learners licence, applicants must:

  • If aged under 25, complete 100 hours of supervised driving, including at least 10 hours at night.  If aged 25 or older, complete 50 hours of supervised driving, including at least 5 hours at night;
  • Hold the learner's licence for 12 months if aged under 25 or 6 months if aged 25 or older;
  • Pass the Hazard Perception Test;
  • Undertake and complete either the Competency Based Training & Assessment or "one-off" Government Driving Test.

Conditions for learner licence holders:

  • Display 'L' Plates at the front and rear of the vehicle;
  • ensure that a person holding a full Australian licence occupies the seat next to you as your supervised driver;
  • Have a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero;
  • Not tow a trailer exceeding 750kg GVM; and
  • Not exceed posted speed limits.

For further information please visit the Access Canberra website.