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1. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 12y

This thread is marked as being about Australia

does anyone know if i can drive in Austalia with a UK driving licence? I'm going to be in Australia for up to a year on a working holiday visa and getting a car will give me more flexibility, but i need to know if i need to get an international drivers licence or not

2. Posted by New Guy (Full Member 22 posts) 12y

Hi Amy, if you copy this link here ( into your browser (hey, I really AM the "New Guy" around here, I haven't worked out how to insert links yet !), it should answer all your queries, it's from the RTA (Roads & Traffic Authority) of NSW, and applies Australia wide.

3. Posted by AndrewD (Inactive 3 posts) 12y

Hi Amy
If your licence is current your OK to drive here without an international licence. As long as its in English and not expired..

You may just wish to go to the site from the previous messanger as there may be some conditions fee.s etc..


4. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

I might be wrong (and I am sure someone will tell me if I am!!) but I think you need a new UK licence . . .ie the one with a photo card, otherwise you may need to get an international licence . . . .I think you must have a new one because of your age, but just in case there is anyone reading this with the old style I thought should mention it !!!

5. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 12y

thanks everyone. only just checked back heresince i posted! i have got a photocard drivers licence. just about to look at the link. Thanks again :)

6. Posted by diamonds (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

hiya just reading all the replies,
i have the photocard driving lisence, but i'll only be 19 when i go to oz next year. Will i be able to get a car or is it like other countries where you have to be like 25?
cheers x

7. Posted by New Guy (Full Member 22 posts) 12y

Hi Sarah (aka Diamonds) - to answer your question re being able to hire a car at age 19, well, the answer is YES, you can, most major companies will allow you to hire their vehicles, BUT you can expect to pay a premium on top, that's the sad but true facts of life for so-called "under (25yrs) age" drivers !

For example, if you try this firm here:, who I've used on several occasions and have found them to have good cars at very competitive rates, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Questions", you'll see they mention under aged drivers in there.

Hope this helps, even though it's not entirely good news !

8. Posted by New Guy (Full Member 22 posts) 12y

Doh! I should have looked a bit closer at the 'fine print' in that link I provided, sorry 18 going on 19yr old Sarah, the news is all bad !

On closer inspection, Bayswater Car Rentals actually says in relation to "Young Drivers (Under 25)", and I quote, "Advertised rates apply to drivers 25 years or older - Add $6 per day if renter or any additional driver is under 25 - Also see Damage Responsibility section below - Note: Minimum age of renter or additional drivers is 21", unquote.

So there you have it in a nutshell - yes, they will hire cars out to you if you ARE under 25 years old, but only if you've achieved the exalted status of 21 years old !

(p.s. Having a cursory glance at Avis, Hertz, etc. Australian websites, there seems to be no 'hard & fast' rule, it varies from state to state, location to location. The best thing to do, I'd suggest, would be to "Google" a couple of names of major companies and delve into the 'fine print')