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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Ive been driving around on a provisional driving license for some time,
The joys of living in Ireland. When I lived and worked around the other countrys I just relied on
public transport, taxis and chauffeurs but now I want to drive in another country especially Australia.

Ill be living and working in Australia for a while, I need a license.

Can anyone apply for this? Or do they have laws like in the UK were you have to be living in the country for 6 months
before you can apply?

I have some Irish friends in Australia who are living there and they tell me they were forced to sit
the driving test in Australia! Though they had a Irish driving license (full) I thought it be a simple exchange of Irish license to Australian license but not the case at all.

So…Whats the real deal on this?

2. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

Well all the times i have been in Oz i always just drove on my Irish license, i think one time my ex got an EEC license, ya know on of those special ones i dunno if you can still get them or if you even need them now.

Well as far as i was concerned you could just drive on your own licence, although i would't do it on a provisional. Oh i'm not much help am i

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

The provisional part is indeed the only thing that might be a problem - otherwise it's perfectly fine to be driving on a regular drivers license in Australia. (I did with my dutch one.)

That those friends of yours wanted to get an Australian license makes sense if they were becoming permanent residents, but the test doesn't make much sense either: for example this page tells how Irish drivers licenses are recognized when applying for an Australian one (this is on a state level, but I really doubt other states have more strict rules than NSW - might've been something about them personally, as "The RTA reserves the right to require customers to undertake a knowledge test or driving/riding test").

Still, as a visitor you're absolutely fine driving on a non-australian drivers license in australia (emphasis mine) :

If you do not intend to stay in NSW and do not hold a permanent visa, you will be regarded as a visiting driver. If you hold a current overseas driver licence you are not required to get a NSW licence even if your stay is longer than three months. If the licence is not written in English, an International Driving Permit, or an English translation must also be carried with the licence when driving.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 2:36 PM by Sander ]

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

sander you are correct. my friends were becoming perms residents in australia at the time.

how does one go about in applying for a license? do i have to live in the country for x-amount of days / months?....since i am an international on a WHV

thanks

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

how does one go about in applying for a license? do i have to live in the country for x-amount of days / months?....since i am an international on a WHV

I don't think you do. A WHV is definitely not a permanent visa, so you're just treated as a visitor.
So it all depends on what your provisional drivers license says. Does it have any limitations such as someone with a full license needing to be in the car or does it specifically say that you can't drive with it outside Ireland? Because if it doesn't, and is just something that says "provisonal, will become a 'real' drivers license when you've driven without accidents for x years", then you should be able to drive with it in Australia as well, no worries. (But obviously I'm not an expert.)

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

my irish pro license says it cant be used outside of ireland! doh!

but i also have a uk pro license and it says nothing of the sort...

hmmm i assume in australia caught driving without license is against the law...doh...

7. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

Why not just pass your test and get a full license before you go?

8. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

12 month waiting list in ireland:(

9. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

12 month waiting list in ireland:(

10. Posted by swanjack (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

The bottom line is you need a full one to drive there if you have the EU one you can drive there for up to 12 months and then you need to do the test to convert it. In NZ you only have to do the eye test and sit a theroy if you hold the full one other wise youhave to do the driving bit as well