Visiting NSW with an overseas learner or provisional licence
Visiting NSW? As a learner or provisional driver or rider, you can use NSW roads for up to 3 or 6 months of living in NSW as long as your licence is current and you follow these rules.
Rules for all interstate and overseas visitors
If you're an interstate visitor or New Zealand licence holder, you can drive in NSW using your current licence for up to three months.
If you're an overseas visitor holding a temporary visa, you can drive in NSW using your current overseas licence for up to six months.
If you’re a permanent resident, you must convert to a NSW provisional licence within three months.
In addition to the rules that apply to all interstate and overseas visitors using NSW roads, there are specific rules for learners and provisional licence holders.
Visiting provisional drivers
If you have a provisional licence from interstate or overseas, you must follow the licence conditions applied by the state or territory that issued your licence, as well as the NSW road rules.
For example, if your licence was issued with a condition prohibiting you from driving at night or with passengers, you must continue to obey those conditions when driving in NSW.
Make sure you get to know the road rules for NSW. Read our Road User Handbook (PDF 6.3MB).
Using your learner driver or rider licence in NSW
If you've got an overseas learner driver or rider licence, you can continue to learn to drive in NSW as long as you meet the following conditions.
- be supervised at all times by the holder of a full Australian (Class C) driver licence
- only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by seatbelts or child car seats
- only drive vehicles that have a seatbelt fitted to the driver's position and you must wear the seatbelt
- have a zero blood alcohol concentration - this means you cannot drink before driving
- have L plates displayed conspicuously at the front and rear exterior of the vehicle (or an L sign on the roof) when driving. The letter 'L' on the plate must be clearly visible.
You must not:
- tow any other vehicle
- drive under the influence of drugs
- supervise another learner driver
- use any functions of a mobile phone including hands-free devices.
When driving in NSW, it's your responsibility to be aware of the conditions that apply to your licence.
Failure to meet these conditions is an offence and can carry severe penalties, including immediate suspension of your driving privileges.
When driving in NSW, you must stay below the speed limit shown on road signs and the speed limit that applies to your licence at home.
Demerit points and penalties apply to learner drivers who commit an offence in NSW. For more information, see How demerits work.