How to renew your drivers/riders licence
There are two ways to renew a NSW drivers/riders licence: online and in person. The simplest way is to renew online. In some cases, you will have to renew your licence in person at Service NSW.
The simplest way is to renew your NSW drivers/riders licence online. However, to renew your licence online, you must meet certain conditions.
Your licence must have expired no more than 6 months ago, or will expire in 6 months or less. You must also:
- Meet the eyesight requirements, eg, drivers/riders 45 or over must take an eyesight test every 5 years
- Be aged 17 or over
- Have all up to date medical conditions on record
- Hold an unrestricted licence (not cancelled, disqualified, suspended or refused).
Finally, you must have provided your signature and had your photo taken within 10.5 years before your new drivers/riders licence will expire.
Not everyone is permitted to renew their NSW licences online. You need to renew your drivers/riders licence in person at Service NSW if you:
- Want to renew your licence for 10 years
- Are a learner driver
- Are required to prove your fitness to drive
- Hold a combined driver/rider and boat licence
- Have changed addresses within the last 14 days.
If you are required to renew your licence in person, you must take a completed NSW licence renewal form, current licence or other form of ID and licence fee to Service NSW. You may be required to show other types of relevant proof, such as a change of address or fitness to drive documents.
Service NSW provides a paper receipt to act as proof of your licence status until you receive your new drivers/riders licence.
The 10-year option is not available to everyone. You need to be aged 21-44, because this is the period when people’s faces change the least. After age 44, it becomes more likely to misidentify someone from a photograph that is not recent.
If you are eligible for a concession, you are permitted to renew your NSW drivers/riders licence for 5 or 10 years.
Some drivers are eligible to renew their NSW drivers/riders licence for half price. The Fair Go for Safe Drivers and Riders discount is one way to reward them for driving safely and within the law.
To receive the discount, you must have held a full NSW licence for at least 5 years with no demerit points or related offences on that licence. The discount is available for drivers, riders and heavy vehicle licences.
Current NSW full drivers/riders licence renewal fees as at November 2022 are:
- $62 for 1 year
- $144 for 3 years
- $194 for 5 years
- $362 for 10 years.
Some drivers/riders may be temporarily interstate or in another country when their NSW licence renewal is due. In this case, they can use the photo licence kit.
There is one form for interstate and one form for overseas drivers and riders. Download the appropriate form here:
You can ask for a photo licence kit unit to be posted. Your new licence will be posted to the address you provide, whether it is interstate, overseas or in NSW.
Note, a photo licence renewal can be used only once. This means any subsequent NSW drivers/riders licence renewals must be in NSW.