Indian Drivers Licence Verification
How to convert your Indian drivers licence to an Australian drivers licence?
If 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.
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 application.
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 would usually 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 your name on your Indian drivers licence is not exactly the same as your 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 is the IDLV affidavit?
When your name on your Indian passport and your Indian drivers licence is different, 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. You also need to have that affidavit stamped with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) before you can submit it to VFS.
What is 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 (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 Hague 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 before it can be submitted to VFS.
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 would then need to apply for your own apostille from the DFAT before submitting your application with the notary certificate, 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 would still need to submit your application with the notary certificate, affidavit and the apostille with the rest of the IDLV Checklist requirements to VFS.
Do you have any questions regarding this article?
If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.
So, what next?
If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.
Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.
Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.
All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.