How to Drive with a Chinese Driver’s License in Australia

06 December 2020

Be it for business reasons or touring the famous Aussie scenery, numerous foreigners tend to visit Australia. To operate efficiently, most of them tend to require that they drive themselves while in the country. This is normally a simple issue that they can sort out simply by carrying their International Driving Permits. However, for Chinese visitors, the process is normally a bit different because China does not recognize International Driving Permits and is not a member of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

 

Does this mean that the Chinese cannot drive in Australia?

 

Certified Driver’s license Translation

As a matter of fact, though China does not recognize international driving permits, you can apply for them via Hong Kong using their mainland driving license to obtain Hong Kong’s driving license and eventually use Hong Kong’s driving license to get their International Driving License, but the process tends to be expensive. Moreover, you can easily drive in Australia, provided that you have your Chinese driving license with you and also carry its certified 驾照翻译. However, it is important to keep in mind that the translation’s validity is tied to your Chinese driving license expiry date.

 

Using your learner’s license

For you who may not have a driving license but have your Learner’s license with you, the benefit of driving will also be afforded to you though some restrictions will be put in place, and you will only drive with L-plates attached to your vehicle.

 

Rental car’s Road rules test

For you planning to rent a vehicle and perhaps go on a road trip to places such as The Penguin island, you should not be surprised when the rental company puts you through a test on road rules. This will be to ensure you are up to date with the Australian road rules. In some instances, you may also be offered a familiarization drive when there is sufficient time to do so or if you feel it necessary.

 

Permanent residency

For those who wish to acquire permanent residency in the country, you must swap your Chinese driving licenses for Australian ones after three months of being with a permanent residency visa.

 

Conclusion

After getting the relevant documentation to drive, keep in mind that you should never drive without them. Different states in the country have different regulations on foreigners driving in the state. You should also adhere strictly to keeping left as failure to do so will be dangerous. Also, keep in mind that Australia’s transport system is not as convenient as that in China, and in some areas, you might have to cover massive distances before you reach towns with convenience stores. Follow all the laid out rules, and you will have a fabulous time in Australia.

 

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