On this page
- Road rules in Victoria
- Victorian driver licence
- Requirement for overseas licence holders
- Toll roads in Victoria
- Owning a car
When you live and study in Melbourne you may not need a car, as there are many public transport, hire car and ride sharing options available.
If you decide to drive, you must follow the road rules. You must carry a valid driver licence or permit. Your car must be registered and insured.
Cars share the road with buses, bikes, trucks, trams and other vehicles. Trams also share the road.
Tip: VicRoads can help you arrange a driver licence or permit or register a vehicle. Visit the Vic Roads website.
When you are driving in Victoria you must follow our road rules.
The rules keep Victorian drivers and pedestrians safe. There are fines and other penalties if you do not follow the rules.
Read more on the Road rules page on the VicRoads website.
Videos of common road rules
The Vic Roads YouTube channel has videos of some common Victorian road rules.
Victorian driver licence
The fastest way to get a licensing appointment is to book online. Booking a licensing appointment online means you have access to the earliest time available. Use the below links to book, view, change or cancel your appointment(s). If you've got a myVicRoads account, you can enrol to take the Learner Permit Test Online or Hazard Perception Test Online.
Requirement for overseas licence holders
If you have an overseas licence, you'll need to convert to a Victorian licence within six months of residing in Victoria. Use the online tool to work out the date by which you need to convert to a Victorian licence and the type of licence you'll get.
Do you have some more questions?
VicRoads is the organisation responsible for setting the road rules in Victoria. VicRoads recommends all international students check their current licence status, especially if you have been living in Victoria for more than six months.
For more information, please visit VicRoads.
Melbourne has several toll roads, where you need to pay to use the road.
How to pay the toll
Pay for a pass online before you travel or up to three days after you travel.
If you are in Victoria for more than a few weeks it may be more convenient to open an account with EastLink or CityLink.
Read more on the Paying tolls page on the VicRoads website.
Buying a car
If you buy a car in Victoria, be clear about financing, insurance, servicing and repairs. You must also ensure the car is roadworthy and registered.
When you buy a car it should have a certificate of roadworthiness. The certificate is issued by an accredited tester. It certifies that that the vehicle is in good working order.
Find out more on the Roadworthiness page of the VicRoads website.
All vehicles that drive on public roads in Victoria must be registered with VicRoads. You must renew the registration of your car every year.
If you buy a car that is already registered you must transfer the registration into your name within 14 days of buying the car.
You can register or renew your registration online, by electronic funds transfer (EFT), by mail or call 13 2723 with a credit card.
Read more on the Registration page of the VicRoads website.
Performing a hook turn
This video from VicRoads explains how to perform a hook turn. If you are driving in Melbourne's CBD you may need to perform a hook turn to turn right at some intersections.