To slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) VicRoads has suspended all light vehicle drive tests and computerbased licence tests (Knowledge and Hazard Perception) until further notice.
On October 29 last year the requirement to convert to a Victorian licence changed for interstate and overseas drivers living in Victoria. Drivers using an interstate or overseas licence were given six months from this date to convert to a Victorian licence. In light of the decision to suspend all light vehicle drive tests and computer-based tests, this deadline has now been extended.
You now have until 29 April 2021 to convert to a Victorian licence
“We will contact you once testing for overseas licence conversion commences again.
Some overseas licences may be due to expire soon or there may be other reasons why you need to urgently convert to a Victorian licence.”-Chris Reid, Director of Customer Services Vicroads mentioned.
Further Chris added, some appointments may be prioritised to facilitate the delivery of essential services or to avoid undue hardship. Visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/coronavirus for more information. You can continue using your interstate or overseas licence, as long as it is still valid. If you do not convert to a Victorian licence by 29 April 2021, you will be driving unlicensed which is a serious offence under Victorian law.
Interstate or overseas drivers who are disqualified from driving or have had their interstate or overseas licence suspended or cancelled are no longer authorised to drive in Victoria. Medically unfit drivers or overseas drivers who have failed a practical Victorian test are also not permitted to drive using their overseas licence.
In the meantime, you may wish to prepare for your test. Under current Government restrictions, any driving practice should be conducted in line with the restrictions for essential travel only. You can also practise for the learner permit Knowledge Test and Hazard Perception Test online at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au (search for ‘knowledge’ or ‘hazard perception’).
Here are few questions and answers by Vicroads that we might have in mind :
Questions and answers
Do interstate and overseas drivers still have to convert to a Victorian licence? How long do they have?
Yes, all interstate and overseas licence holders are required to convert to a Victorian licence.
For overseas and interstate licence holders who were in Victoria prior to 29 October 2019, and who were previously given until 29 April 2020 to convert to a Victorian licence:
• you now have until 29 April 2021 to convert to a Victorian licence.
• Overseas drivers who already had an appointment booked are being contacted to advise them of the extension and to inform them that their appointment will be rescheduled in priority order once testing for overseas licence conversion commences again.
• Overseas drivers who had not yet made an appointment must book an appointment once testing for overseas licence conversion commences again.
For overseas licence holders who arrived in Victoria after 29 October 2019:
• you must book an appointment to convert your licence once testing for overseas licence conversion commences again.
Why has this decision been made?
The Minister for Roads and Road Safety has made this decision as all computer-based and practical light vehicle drive tests remain suspended to slow the spread of coronavirus.
When will I be able to book in for a test?
To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), VicRoads has suspended all computer-based and light vehicle drive tests. This decision is being reviewed monthly. You will be able to book an appointment once testing for overseas licence conversion commences again.
How will I know when test appointments are available again?
Where we have contact details for overseas drivers, we will make contact when overseas licence conversion testing appointments become available again.
You can also keep updated by regularly visiting vicroads.vic.gov.au
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