Can I drive in Queensland with an Interstate Licence?

You are allowed to drive in Queensland if you have a valid interstate licence, as long as you have not also been issued a Queensland licence. In this case, you must drive with your Queensland licence with you. When operating a vehicle in Queensland with an interstate licence, you must:

  • Only drive the motor vehicle class that is authorised on your licence
  • Comply with any licence conditions
  • Provide your licence to a police officer if asked to do so.

If you receive an exceeded amount of demerit points on your licence, you will be informed that your authority to drive in Queensland will be withdrawn/suspended. The length of your suspension will be determined by the type of licence you held when you committed the offences.

When Can I not Drive in Queensland?

Situations where you cannot drive in Queensland include, if:

  • You have been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence
  • You have been suspended from driving in Queensland because you:
    • Have not paid all fines issued to you
    • Have been convicted of an offence of driving more than 40km/hr over the speed limit
  • Your authority to drive in Queensland was withdrawn because you:
    • Are deemed medically unfit to drive
    • Are an Australian citizen and have been living in Queensland for 3 months
    • Are not an Australian citizen, but have been given a resident visa before living in Queensland – and have currently lived in Queensland for 3 months
    • Are not an Australian citizen but have been given a resident visa after living in Queensland – and have currently lived in Queensland for 3 months since getting the visa
    • Failed a practical driving test in Queensland.

If you have been caught driving in Queensland when you are not allowed to, you can be charged with unlicensed driving, and may be required to appear in court. If this happens, it is recommended that you seek legal advice as early as possible.

This post contains general advice only and is not intended as legal advice.