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Driving in Queensland with an interstate issued licence

This page outlines the requirements for driving in Queensland with an interstate issued licence.
Note: an interstate licence includes a licence issued by an external territory of Australia.

  • An interstate licence is a driver licence issued to you in another Australian state or territory.
  • An external territory licence is a driver licence issued to you in Christmas Island, Norfolk Island or in the Cocos Keeling Islands.

When can I drive in Queensland on my interstate issued driver licence?

You are allowed to drive in Queensland on your interstate issued driver licence if you:

  • only drive the class of motor vehicle authorised on that licence
  • comply with the conditions (if any) of your licence
  • carry your licence with you at all times when driving and immediately show it to a police officer when asked to do so.

When am I not allowed to drive in Queensland on my interstate issued licence?

You must not drive in Queensland on your interstate issued driver licence if:

  • you have been disqualified from holding a driver licence by an order of an Australian court
  • your authority to drive on the licence has been suspended or withdrawn.

When would my authority to drive in Queensland on my interstate issued driver licence be suspended?

Your authority to drive in Queensland on your interstate issued driver licence will be suspended if you have:

  • unpaid court fines
  • an excess number of demerit points on your traffic history
  • been convicted of driving more than 40 kilometres per hour over the speed limit.

When would my authority to drive in Queensland on my interstate issued licence be withdrawn?

Your authority to drive in Queensland on your interstate issued licence will be withdrawn if you:

  • become medically unfit to drive safely
  • have been residing in Queensland for three months or more.

How can I get a Queensland driver licence if I currently hold an interstate issued licence?

To apply for a Queensland driver licence for the same class as your interstate issued licence you will need to visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, authorised Queensland Government Agent Program office or at a licence-issuing police station and:

You may also be required to:

How do I learn about the road rules?

To learn about the Queensland road rules and driving in Queensland in general, please visit Your keys to driving in Queensland.

What will happen if I drive in Queensland when I am not allowed to?

If you drive in Queensland when you are not allowed to, you will be charged with unlicensed driving and you may have to appear in court. For more information see driving without a licence.


Last updated
15 April 2014