Transfer a driver's licence from a recognised country

Find out how to transfer your car or motorcycle licence from a recognised country to a WA driver’s licence.

If you hold a current car or motorcycle licence from a recognised country that has not expired in the last 12 months, you will not need to take a theory test or practical driving assessment.

If you hold an overseas truck or heavy vehicle licence, you will need to apply for a new licence for the relevant vehicle class.

You can transfer a current New Zealand heavy vehicle driver’s licence (except multi combination class vehicles) once you have completed a heavy vehicle theory test at a  Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional DoT office.

 

How to transfer your overseas car or motorcycle licence

Step 1: Prepare your identity and licence verification documents

You will need to provide the following documents to transfer your overseas licence:

  • completed Drivers Licence Application (DLA1) form (below)
  • your overseas licence and the required proof of identity documents
  • a translation of your non-English driver’s licence and original copy of licence provided to translator (if required)

Non-English driver’s licences

You will need to provide an official translation of your overseas driver's licence document if any part of it is not in English.

Who can translate your licence

We accept translations of overseas driver's licences from:

 

Driver’s licences from Republics of Ireland and Singapore

If you hold a current driver’s licence from the Republic of Ireland or Republic of Singapore, your licence will need to be verified.

When you submit your licence application at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional DoT office, we will contact the road safety authority in the Republic of Ireland or the Republic of Singapore on your behalf to verify your licence details.

This verification process can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Step 2: Visit a Driver Vehicle Services centre or regional DoT office

To apply to transfer your overseas licence you will need to visit a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional DoT office and:

  • submit a completed Driver’s Licence Application form
  • bring your overseas licence and the required proof of identity documents
  • provide a translation of your non-English driver’s licence (if required)
  • pay an application fee and licence renewal fee. 
  • pass an eyesight test
  • have your photo taken.
     

Eyesight test

You will need to take an eye test when you apply to transfer your overseas licence.

The test will be conducted at the Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional DoT office

If you need to wear glasses or contacts to pass the eyesight test, your licence will show that you must also wear them when driving.

Medical test

When you apply to transfer your licence, you must declare whether you have any medical conditions and/or take any medication that may affect your ability to drive.  You may need to go and get medical examination. Find out more about reporting a medical condition.

Driver licence transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees

Fee type Fee
Transfer application
Overseas or expired Interstate driver's licence transfer application (if no driving test is required) $59.90
Overseas or expired Interstate driver's licence transfer application (if a driving test is required) $138.70
Licence renewal
Driver's licence renewal 1 year (non concession rate) $46.85
Driver's licence renewal 5 years (non concession rate) $163.50
Page last updated: Fri Jan 19 2024 2:57:22 PM