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German Driving License Valid in Australia and New Zealand???

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1. Posted by deichkind_ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi there!
My international driver's license has expired and I only have the national one now. Does anyone know if I have to apply for an international one and if I do, can I do it from here in Australia???
Thanks for your help!!
Cheers, Chrisi

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

As long as you're not becoming an Australian resident, the only requirement for your drivers license is that "it's written in English, or you carry an English translation, or you carry an international driving permit". ("Driving permit emphasized, as although this is probably what you had before, it's quite distinct from an international "driver's license", which is a common scam.)
See for example here (each state has slightly different rules, but they are all effectively the same.)

Personally I've driven in both Australia and New Zealand on my Dutch driver's license, which only has the words "driver's license" translated into English, and this has never been a problem. (I've rented cars four times in those two countries.) Also, I've never been able to find any requirements for an official status of the "English translation", so as far as I know, it should be perfectly fine to just make create this translation yourself.

3. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 8y

In NZ, you can drive on your national license for the first 12 months that you live in NZ. If you live there for more than 12 months, you will need to get a NZ license.