The VORT (Vehicle on Road Test) will test your skills and knowledge as a safe and competent driver. Your VORT test will take approximately 45 minutes and you will be required to demonstrate 5 low speed manoeuvres, (move off up a hill, angle park, U-turn, 3-point turn and reverse parallel park) as well as general drive. The general drive component of your VORT will test your driving skills e.g. changing lanes, turning on and from busy roads, turning at traffic lights, negotiating roundabouts, stop and give-way signs, your interaction with other road users and the system of car control.

To pass a VORT you must demonstrate 5 slow speed manoeuvres and in combination with the general drive score a pass mark of 90% or more and not breach and road law during the drive. Any breach of road law will result in an immediate fail and the VORT will be terminated.

If you are unsuccessful with your VORT I will debrief you on the reason why. A copy of the test marking sheet will be given to you detailing your performance.

 Choosing a VORT offers you the following options:

  • The practical VORT may be commenced between the hours of 7.00am and 6.15pm or sunset Monday to Saturday (whichever is the earliest time) and on Sunday, between 10.00am and 7.00pm or sunset (whichever is earlier
  • The practical VORT may be taken on any day except Christmas Day and Good Friday
  • The practical VORT will be conducted on an authorised VORT test route which has been designed to require most of the driving skills contained in the Competency Based Training (CBT) course
  • The practical VORT will result in either a ‘pass’ or a ‘fail’ and is an objective testing system based on your correct responses to road and traffic conditions

You are not permitted to undertake a VORT with any Authorised Examiner who has contributed to your training. Either you or your Driving Instructor must book your VORT with an Authorised Examiner at least 2 full days prior to the date of the test. If you fail a VORT, you must wait 14 days before attempting another VORT.

Information on Driving With an Overseas Licence

If you are visiting from overseas, or you’ve recently moved here permanently, make sure that you are driving legally and safely.

Short Term Visitor

If your visit is temporary, you may drive the equivalent vehicle in Australia as authorised by your current licence issued to you in your home country, as long as:

  • Your licence is written in English or accompanied by an English translation
  • You have an international driving permit
  • You haven’t been disqualified from driving in any country.

You must carry your licence and translation or international driving permit at all times while driving and must produce these and your temporary visa to police on request.

If your overseas licence expires while you are in Australia, you must obtain an Australian licence.

International Driving Permit

An international driving permit (IDP) is a special permit for tourists, authorised by a United Nations Treaty to allow motorists to drive internationally without further tests or licence applications.

An IDP is proof that you hold a valid driver’s licence in your home country and is a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries.

In South Australia, you can apply or renew an IDP at the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia Inc (RAA). You’ll need to take a copy of your current driver’s licence into any RAA Office along with a passport size photo, fill out an application form and pay the fee.

An international driving permit is only valid for 12 months and must be accompanied by the licence issued in your home country.

For more information and to download the application form visit the RAA website.

New Residents

If you are issued a permanent visa and become a resident of South Australia, you must obtain a South Australian driver’s licence within three months and you may be required to surrender your overseas driver’s licence. Once you are issued with a South Australian learner’s permit or driver’s licence, your overseas licence is invalid.

Applying for a South Australian Driver’s Licence

You may be eligible for the equivalent class of licence as your foreign licence. Minimum age requirements apply.

Go to any Service SA customer service centre and present the following documents:

  • your current driver’s licence – if this is not written in English you must bring an approved English translation or your international driving permit
  • evidence of identity – proof of your identity, signature, age and address
  • payment for your written test, if required
  • your medical certificate, if required
  • concession card, if entitled.

Recognised Overseas Licences

South Australia recognises the driver licensing and testing standards in the countries listed below. If you hold, or have held a driver’s licence within the last five years you are not required to undertake equivalent driving tests in South Australia.

  1. Austria Belgium Canada
  2. Croatia Denmark Finland
  3. France Germany Greece
  4. Guernsey Ireland Isle of Man
  5. Italy Japan Jersey
  6. Luxembourg Malta Netherlands
  7. New Zealand Norway Portugal
  8. Singapore Spain Sweden
  9. Switzerland United Kingdom United States

If your foreign licence is for a class other than a car or motorcycle, and you wish to keep that class of licence, you must undertake a practical driving test in a vehicle of that class (excluding road trains and B-doubles).

New Zealand licence holders will be issued with the equivalent South Australian driver’s licence for all licence classes.

Under the age of 16 years:

  • If you hold a full (unrestricted) foreign licence and are under the age of 16 years you are not eligible to hold a South Australian learner’s permit or driver’s licence.
  • If you hold a full foreign licence but are under the age of 16½ years, you may be issued a learner’s permit.
  • If you hold a full foreign licence but are under the age of 19 years, you may be issued a provisional licence.
  • ‘Experienced Driver’ recognition

South Australia also recognises driver experience from the following countries:

  • Czech Republic
  • Hong Kong
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Estonia

A person aged 25 years or older with a driver’s licence from one of these countries is treated the same as someone who holds a licence from a recognised country and is not required to undertake any driving tests.

If you are aged under 25 years and hold a licence from a country where “driver experience” is recognised, you will be required to pass a theory and practical driving test in order to obtain a South Australian driver’s licence.

Refer to the “Non-recognised overseas licence” topic below for details on this process.

Non-recognised overseas licences Under 19

  • If you hold a full (unrestricted) foreign licence and you are under the age of 16 years you are not eligible to hold a South Australian learner’s permit or driver’s licence.
  • If you hold a full (unrestricted) foreign licence and you are under the age of 16½ years, you may be issued a learner’s permit after passing the necessary tests.
  • If you hold a full (unrestricted) foreign licence and you are under the age of 19 years, you may be issued a provisional licence after passing the necessary tests.
  • You must comply with all of the conditions of the licence or permit and the requirements of the graduated licensing scheme.

 Over 19

  • If you hold a full foreign licence and you are aged 19 years or over you must pass the Australian road rules theory test.
  • You will be issued a temporary driving permit, which is valid for one month, during which time you are required to pass a practical driving test.
  • If you do not pass the practical driving test within that month, or if you fail a validation assessment you must then apply for a learner’s permit.
  • Sometimes after passing a practical driving test with a private authorised examiner a further practical driving test with a government assessment officer (known as a validation assessment) is required before a South Australian licence is issued. There is no charge for this test.

When you have passed your VORT you will receive a certificate of competency.

Present your certificate of competency at a Service SA customer service centre to obtain your South Australian driver’s licence.

After you have paid the fee and had your photograph taken, a temporary driver’s licence will be issued and your photo licence will be posted to you.

English translations and language services

Translation services are available through:

The Interpreting and Translating Centre
24 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 8226 1990

Alternatively, you can contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters NAATI on (08) 8410 5233 or visit for a list of translators.

When driver’s licence translations are accepted

Driver’s licence translations will only be accepted if they are:

  • an original document (photocopies, faxes and certified copies are not acceptable)
  • from a consulate office in Australia, signed by a consulate officer, and on official consulate letterhead, or authorised by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Translations are also acceptable if they have been provided either directly by or with the endorsement of the South Australian Government Interpreting and  Translating Centre or interstate equivalent or the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

A Class Driving School fees and charges for overseas testing please >click here.

Rather than this option have a read on our vehicle log book system, just because you hold a overseas licence does not mean you can not complete the log book, for more details on the log book and how it all works click here

Contact A Class Driving School and book your VORT test today.

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