Transport & Motoring

Driving in Perth

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Western Australian Drivers License


If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident you are only authorised to drive in Australia using your UK drivers license for three months, starting from when you arrive in Australia as a permanent resident or when you have your permanent residency granted.

If you are not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, then you can drive in Australia using your UK license for as long as your UK license is valid.

If you hold a full UK drivers license you are able to apply for an Australian drivers license to the same class as your UK license. UK License holders do not need to take a practical test.

Upon application of your Australian license you will need to:

  • Complete an application form
  • Provide your UK license
  • Provide primary and secondary identification – primary being photographic and secondary being anything with your name on such as a bank card or utility bill.
  • Provide proof of your permanent residency – Visa
  • Provide proof of address
  • You will also be required to take an eye test.
  • Your photo will be taken at the time of applying.
  • On application you will have the option to purchase your license for 1 or 5 years.
  • 1 Year will cost approx. $41.80 and 5 years $132

NB: You must keep your driver’s license with you at all times.
For more information on Australian drivers License, please visit the Department of Transport

Novice Drivers

Please be aware that if you have had your full license for less than 2 years you will be classed as a novice driver and there are a number of restrictions that you must comply with while developing the skills to become safe drivers. For more information please visit the Department of Transport


Child Restraints Law

Law requires drivers to ensure all children up to 7 years of age travelling in their motor vehicle are restrained in an approved child restraint. The child restraint must be properly adjusted and securely fastened to the child using the restraint at all times.

All child restraints sold in Australia must meet the strict requirements of AS/NZS1754 which sets the minimum requirements for materials, design, construction, performance, testing and labelling of child restraint systems. Restraints bought in other countries will not meet the Australian Standard – it is illegal to use them in Australia.

For full information on child car restraints and what one is best suited for your child visit the Kids safe WA website

The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers are restrained, regardless of age! A fine of $550 for 1 person unrestrained and an additional $100 per additional unrestrained passenger and the loss of FOUR DEMERIT POINTS is the current penalty!