8.1 Driver licences

To drive in Australia, foreign officials must possess a driver licence issued by the relevant Australian state or territory authority.

For a foreign official to be accredited as a driver at a mission or post, the sending State’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will need to provide evidence of at least five years’ driving experience in the sending State.

8.1.1 Canberra missions

For the first three months after their arrival, diplomatic and administrative and technical staff and their dependants can drive in Australia provided they possess a valid, current driver licence issued by the sending State. The licence must be in English, or accompanied by a translation certified by the Canberra mission, and carried by the driver whenever they are driving.

Before the end of this three-month period, diplomatic and administrative and technical staff and their dependants are required to obtain an ACT driver licence, which is issued free of charge.

Diplomatic and administrative and technical staff and their dependants without overseas licences are required to undertake a driving test. Learner permits and driver licences are issued free of charge.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) driver licences issued to diplomatic staff and their dependants are stamped "DIPLOMATIC". Those for administrative and technical staff and their dependants are stamped "PRIVILEGED".

Service staff and their dependants are not eligible for Diplomatic or Privileged licences, and therefore standard licence issuing fees apply. Service staff and dependants intending to drive in Australia should refer to Visiting or moving to the ACT for information about obtaining an ACT licence.

For further information, see the Access Canberra website or call 13 22 81.

8.1.2 Consulates in the states and the Northern Territory

See the website of the relevant state or Northern Territory government for information on regulations governing driver licences

Last Updated: 20 December 2017