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International Drivers Licence in QLD, expiration date?


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Old 07-29-2013, 05:55 PM
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International Drivers Licence in QLD, expiration date?

Hello

I have a non-professional drivers licence from the Philippines. I will be moving to Queensland soon on a PMV Subclass 300 Fiance Visa, and have been reading the requirements about driving in QLD with an international licence at this link:

Driving in Queensland with a foreign licence (Department of Transport and Main Roads)

In particular I would like to bring up this passage of text as follows:

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When would my authority to drive in Queensland on my foreign driver licence be withdrawn?

Your authority to drive in Queensland on your foreign driver licence will be withdrawn if you:

become medically unfit to drive safely
are an Australian citizen and you have been residing in Queensland for three months
are not an Australian citizen, but before you took up residence in Queensland you were given a resident visa and you have now been residing in Queensland for three months
are not an Australian citizen, but after you took up residence in Queensland you were given a resident visa and you have now been residing in Queensland for three months since getting the visa.
Note: A resident visa means a permanent visa or a special category visa under the Migration Act 1958 (Commonwealth). These visas allow a person to stay indefinitely in Australia. Other visas, for example a temporary, business or guardian visa, that allows a person to stay in Australia for a limited time, or until a certain event happens or while they have a special status, is not a resident visa.
What is unclear to me, is whether a PMV 300 visa would be classed as a resident visa or not. When I read the above text, it seems as if it is not in fact a resident visa as it is "waiting until a certain event happens".

If that is indeed the case, does this mean my foreign drivers licence will be valid for the full period of time (up to 9 months) that I'm in Australia? If anyone has any experience with this it would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Krysta

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Old 07-29-2013, 06:06 PM
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Your international license is actually good until you're a permanent resident! My fiance went through this recently himself. If someone tries to tell you otherwise, they're misinformed. You don't have to get an AU license until you're a PR.

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And actually, it says that at the bottom of that text you quoted there. The 820 is a TR (temporary resident) visa. It's not until you're a permanent resident that you have to change over.

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Oh ok, that's great news! So I guess I can drive for 2 years and 9 months. Good thing my license has three years validity What happens with demerit points? Is there still a limit to how many demerit points I can get, or will I keep my license as long as I don't drive more than 40 km/hr over the limit?

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That I don't know, sorry.

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Old 07-29-2013, 07:37 PM
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Thanks, maybe I'll have to test this. I'll see how many speeding fines i can get. joke...

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LOL. I have a SMALL bit of a leadfoot, too, Krysta (not enough to get tickets here, though), but I hear in Aus they are super-sneaky with hidden cameras and such to issue tickets if you're speeding even the smallest bit over. I guess I'll have to tamp down my leadfoot ways when I get to Aus.

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Oh ok, that's great news! So I guess I can drive for 2 years and 9 months. Good thing my license has three years validity What happens with demerit points? Is there still a limit to how many demerit points I can get, or will I keep my license as long as I don't drive more than 40 km/hr over the limit?
Yep you can drive on your international drivers license until you get PR or your international license expires, whichever comes first.

From memory it is 12 demerit points in 3 years and you lose your license. It is not just speeding you will get demerit points there are a whole range of offenses. Also from memory demerit points for speeding start at 20 km/hr over the speed limit.

Though I am not sure how they record the demerit points against a foreign license. You can ring qld transport and ask them about that one.


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Hi everyone!

I actually got stopped by the police a while ago not knowing that I wasn't legal on my international dl anymore since I became a PR..
They were very nice though( guess that depends on where you live) and let me go with a warning to fix this.
What you should look up though is if you have to do a written and drivers test when you do become a PR. I was lucky, being Swedish, I have had a lot of advantages..

Hope for the best

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And you get double demerit points if you break the law over a long weekend! So drive the speed limit (not 10 over like we do in Canada) and stop at red lights.

I know Canadian and America licenses transfer over. You just hand in one and get the other. And they're generous- A friend of mine had a vespa license from Cali and was given an unrestricted motorcycle license in Aus.

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