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Transferring an interstate licence

Description

This section applies to customers who:

  • hold a current Australian driver licence from another jurisdiction
  • have held such a licence within the last 5 years.

The following are now mutually recognised around Australia:

  • driver licences
  • driver licence classes
  • driver licence conditions.

Customers moving to or visiting Tasmania may commence driving on their existing licence from an Australian jurisdiction subject to certain requirements.
Customers moving interstate or who  have moved interstate and wish to transfer their licence should contact the appropriate government department in their new state of residence.
New Zealanders can transfer to a Tasmanian driver licence without having to sit a written or practical driving test. However, their licence must be sighted but need not be surrendered.
A Tasmanian driver licence cannot be issued to a customer who is currently either suspended or disqualified from driving or has a cancelled status on their driver licence in another Australian State or Territory or New Zealand.
If a customer is unable to provide their licence, a fax requesting licence details from the State of origin should be sent and a Statutory Declaration completed by the applicant explaining the circumstances.

Tasmanian licence required after 3 months
Customers staying in Tasmania for 3 months or more from their date of arrival must obtain a Tasmanian driver licence. The Registrar of Motor Vehicles may authorise an extension to the 3 month period. An application for an extension should be made in writing to the Registration & Licensing Branch.

Exceptions to 3 month period
Members of the Australian Armed Forces do not have to transfer to a Tasmanian licence until their licence expires. Members of the Australian Armed Forces do not have to transfer to a Tasmanian licence until their licence expires.

Interstate drivers
A customer who has held a basic Australian driver licence in another state/territory will not necessarily be issued with a basic Tasmanian driver licence.
Customers must have held a provisional driver licence:

  • for 3 years if they were under 22 years at the time the licence was issued
  • until they reached 25 years, if aged between 22 and 24 years when the licence was issued
  • for one year, if 24 and over when the licence was issued.

New Zealanders
New Zealanders can transfer to a Tasmanian driver licence without having to sit a written or practical driving test. The procedure is the same as that undertaken for interstate licence holders except they are not exempt from the payment of the licence fee.

Expired interstate licence
It is possible for a customer to transfer an expired interstate licence, as long as the licence has not been expired for more than 5 years. If the licence has been expired for more than 5 years the applicant must apply for a learner licence.

Fees
A customer holding a driver licence issued by another Australian jurisdiction will be issued with a Tasmanian licence with an equivalent expiry date up to a maximum 5 years free of charge. If the licence is expired then the full fee will be payable.
Any faxes requesting licence details need to be paid for by customers at the time the fax is sent.


Customer provides

The customer needs to undertake the following in person at Service Tasmania shops or designated police stations:

  • provide their existing Australian licence and evidence of current residential address
  • OR
  • Full Evidence of Identity
  • complete an application for licence form
  • provide a medical certificate if applicable
  • have their photograph taken.

Customer receives

The customer will receive:

  • a receipt for fees paid (if any)
  • receipted temporary driver licence

Payment

The customer needs to pay:

  • cost of any faxes for information (if applicable)
  • the fee.