If you’re a new resident of Brisbane or are just visiting and want to drive while you’re there, you’ll need to get a driver’s license. Like most places, the process for getting a driver’s license in
Brisbane is relatively straightforward, but there’s a bunch of things you’ll need to know before you get started. This article will look at what you need to do if you want to get a driver’s license in Brisbane.
The first task is to determine whether your current driver’s license is valid in Brisbane. Different territories have different agreements with each other, and as such, some will accept a license from another country without any hassles.
Once you’ve determined whether your current driver’s license is valid in Brisbane, if it is, you’re two-thirds of the way there. After that, you need to get a form at any post office that will transfer your existing driver’s license over to an Australian one. Be sure that the form comes from a post office because other offices won’t.
If your current driver’s license isn’t valid in Brisbane, you’ll need to go the full Monty and get a completely new one. You can read about how to do that below.
Getting Your New Australia Driver’s License
First things first, when you get your new license, make sure that it is for the correct classification of vehicle you wish to drive. So, for example, if you’re driving a car or motorcycle in Brisbane, don’t get a heavy vehicle license; vice versa.
Before you head into the office that will give you your license and take your picture and fingerprints, there are a few things you’ll need to take with you. Here’s a list:
- Your original passport and visa
- Two passport-sized photos
- Proof of residency, i.e. a utility bill or lease agreement
Once you have all of that, it’s time to head on down to the licensing authority and get started.
Should You Take Driving Lessons?
You may wonder whether you need to take driving lessons in Brisbane before you go for your license. In Brisbane, the answer is generally no. However, there are a few exceptions, such as if you’re from a country that drives on the left-hand side of the road; in that case, you’ll probably need to take some driving lessons before you head down to the licensing authority.
Aside from that exception, though, if your license is valid in Brisbane, you won’t need to take any lessons before your visit. However, if it isn’t, you will need to take some lessons to get a learner’s permit. Once you have that, though, it’s not long before you’re ready to take everything over to the licensing authority and get your license.
So, that’s about it. Don’t forget to check out the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads website if you need more details. They have all the information you need about licenses, driving lessons, and more.