To be eligible to apply for a driver’s licence in Victoria, it is necessary that you have gone through several stages: i.e., acquiring a Learner’s Permit, a P1 Probationary Licence, and a P2 Probationary Licence. This also means that you must have passed all the required tests to obtain these probationary licences and permits, including a knowledge test, a hazard perception test, and eyesight tests. You must also have adhered to the restrictions that come with these probationary licences. Once you have successfully passed through this probationary period, you can then apply for a driver’s licence in Victoria.
In Victoria, VicRoads administers the issuance of full drivers’ licences. They may be accessed through their website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/. An applicant for a driver’s licence can only be eligible if s/he is at least 22 years of age. However, if s/he already has a New Zealand probationary licence, or an interstate licence, prior to moving to Victoria, s/he can apply for a driver’s licence at the age of 21.
The application form for a full driver’s licence in Victoria is the same one used for the Learner’s Permit, and can be downloaded from VicRoads’ website. The fee for a full driver’s licence application depends on the number of years of validity: i.e., $76 for 3 years, and $260.40 for 10 years. The applicant should submit any other required documents with the form, such as identity documents and an interstate licence or P2 probationary licence, whichever is applicable. Probationary licences with photos count as identity documents.
Lesser restrictions are imposed on full driver’s licence holders compared to probationary licences, including the prohibition of holding or using a mobile phone while driving, and having a blood alcohol content of under 0.05%.
The law dictates that all motorists should be fit to drive. Therefore, those applying for driver’s licences are obliged to report any chronic or serious medical, mental or physical condition that could impair the capacity to drive safely. Failure to do so may not only endanger lives, but would also incur penalties if subsequently found out. Applicants for a full driver’s licence who may not have had a condition present when applying for a probationary licence should report any condition s/he may have incurred after acquiring the probationary licence. Once VicRoads learns about your medical condition, they might require you to go through a medical review before they will determine whether or not you will be issued with a driver’s licence.
If you have an existing overseas driver’s licence, you may be able to skip a few of the steps above, but you will need a NAATI translator to produce an English version of your licence. (See http://www.migrationtranslators.com.au/drivers-licence-translations.php.)