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How to convert your Indian drivers licence to an Australian drivers licence?

IndiaIf you have an Indian drivers licence but you now live in Australia, you will eventually want to convert your Indian drivers licence to an Australian drivers licence. If you live in New South Wales, you can still drive on your Indian drivers licence for 3 months. During that time, you should visit a NSW Service Centre to sit for the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT). You must pass the DKT to convert your Indian drivers licence to a NSW drivers licence. More information is available from the Service NSW website.

How do you verify your Indian drivers licence in Australia?

If you want your past driving experience under your Indian drivers licence to be recognised in Australia, you must also apply for the Indian Drivers Licence Verification through VFS. Visit the VFS website for the latest IDLV Checklist.

If you are unable to have your past driving experience recognised, in addition to the DKT, you must satisfy the full licencing process in New South Wales, including the driving test as well as satisfying the requirements of the Learners Licence and Probationary Licences – and this could take several years.

If your names in your Indian passport and your Indian drivers licence are different, your IDLV application to VFS must also include evidence in the form of an affidavit confirming that you are the one and the same person. For nearly two decades, we have assisted many clients with their IDLV applications.

When is your name different?

Your primary identification in Australia is your passport (not your Indian drivers licence). This means that when you apply for an Australian drivers licence, the name on your Australian drivers licence should be the same name that appears on your passport. Any difference in the names that appear in your Indian passport and your Indian drivers licence will be a problem.

If you cannot prove that you are the one and the same person in your Indian passport and your Indian drivers licence, then your past driving experience under your Indian drivers licence might not be recognised in Australia when you apply for your Australian drivers licence.

In our experience, some of the common differences in people’s names include:

  • Missing names.
  • Different sequence of names.
  • Different spellings in names.
  • Using initials instead of full names.
  • Including ‘sri’, ‘smt’, ‘kmt’, ‘bhai’, ‘ben’ or any variations before or after names.

Essentially, if the name on your Indian drivers licence is not exactly the same as the name in your Indian passport, you will need our help to apply for the Indian Drivers Licence Verification so that your past driving experience can be recognised.

What’s the IDLV affidavit?

When your name on your Indian passport is different to your Indian drivers licence, one of the VFS requirements outlined in the IDLV checklist is to have a notarised affidavit confirming that you are the one and the same person in both your Indian passport and your Indian drivers licence.

Also, you must have the affidavit stamped with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) before you can submit it (and your other supporting documents) to VFS.

What’s an apostille?

In Australia, an apostille is a certificate issued by DFAT certifying that a document has been notarised by a notary public. An apostille will only be recognised in a country that is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention or Apostille Convention (officially known as the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). Since both Australia and India are parties to the Apostille Convention, documents notarised in Australia should generally be stamped with an apostille before they will be accepted and recognised in India. Have a look at our FAQs for more information.

The IDLV Checklist states that the notarised IDLV affidavit must also be stamped with an apostille from DFAT before it can be submitted to VFS. We can assist you with the apostille process, otherwise you can always make your own arrangements with DFAT.

What IDLV services do we provide?

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, one of our most common requests from clients is to help them convert their Indian drivers licence to a NSW drivers licence.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer flexible service offerings depending on each client’s individual budget, availability and choice.

  • Option 1 – We prepare the notary certificate and the IDLV affidavit to verify that you are the one and the same person. You must apply for your own apostille from DFAT before submitting your application with the notary certificate, IDLV affidavit and the apostille with the rest of the IDLV Checklist requirements to VFS.
  • Option 2 – We prepare the notary certificate and the IDLV affidavit to verify that you are the one and the same person, AND we also obtain the apostille from DFAT so that you do not have to look after that part of the process yourself. You still must submit your application with the notary certificate, IDLV affidavit and the apostille with the rest of the IDLV Checklist requirements to VFS.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

Whether you’re notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting – or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don’t worry! We’re here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We’ve also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what’s next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We’re a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct at the time of publication. Only rely on information and advice specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.
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