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SA Transfer of Overseas Driver's Licence

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For those who are coming to Australia on either temporary or permanent resident visa, below are the conditions with which you can drive with Overseas Licence and procedure to convert overseas licence.

Note: The rules, regulations and procedures mentioned below are for South Australia. But most of the states have a similar procedure.

for temporary residents (457, 482, 489 etc) & visitors

You can drive with your overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle (except a motorcycle) for the entire period of stay.
If it is not in English, an English translation along with IDP is required.
If the licence expires while you are in Australia and unable to renew it, you need to apply for an Australian drivers licence. (How to apply, see below)^^
you can also convert this at any time, if you wish to. (How to apply, see below)^^

for Permanent Residents
If you don't have an overseas licence, you need to get a Learner's permit and then advance through Provisional licences P1 & P2 until you get a full licence. the whole process to get a full licence will take almost 2-3 years with a lot of restrictions while holding Learners and Provisional licences.

If you have an overseas license you need to get it converted to Australia Licence.
( you have 90 days to get this transferred, with an extension period of 90 more days. Beyond this, you need to start with the learner's permit)
90 days will be counted from the day you arrived Australia (
exceptions apply as in TAS, where it is counted from the date of visa grant) or the date of visa grant, whichever is later.


^^How to convert Overseas Licence to Australia Licence?

from recognised countries: If your overseas licence is issued from the list of recognised countries (see the list of countries in respective state website), you can directly convert them to Australian full licence by paying a fee. (no need to appear for any test)
This is applicable for the licence to drive a car or motorcycle. For all other vehicles, a practical driving test needs to be taken.

from other countries: If your overseas license is issued NOT from the list of recognised countries, below are the procedure (this is also applicable to those in temporary visa who wish to convert to Australia licence).

-->Go to the respective centre in each state (In South Australia, it is Service SA) and attend the learner's test.
-->Once you pass the learner's test you will be provided with a Temporary Driving Permit (TDP) which is valid for 3 months. This TDP effectively cancels your power to drive in Australia with your overseas licence. So once TDP is issued, you should pass the driving test within the TDP expiry period or need to go through learners licence path, which takes 2-3 years to get a full licence.)
-->Do the driving test (VORT or CBT&A)** and pass the test.
-->Attend the Hazard Perception Test.
--> Get the full Licence..!!


#you can do the mock tests on Learners & Hazard perception online to have an idea, how the questions are asked. (not very tough)

**VORT or CBT&A

you can choose either of these methods based on your confidence and convenience.

VORT
pros:
A single test. if you pass, you will get the full licence.
You can take as many tests until you pass ( with a gap of 3 days between each test)
If you are very confident and an experienced driver, this comes really cheap ( approx.$230 for each test, so you can pass in 1-3 tests)

Cons:
The result is either pass or fail.
You need to obey 100% rules and regulations (and some crazy procedures)during the test. (test lasts for 45 min to 60 min).
There are 5 'immediate fail items' (IFI) which will make you fail before completing the entire test. (people have failed within 1 minute of commencement of test due to IFI)
You need to score at least 90% in the test.
If it extends to more than 7 tests, it's going to be more expensive than the CBT-A method.

CBT&A (Competency-based test training and assessment) or Log book method
pros:
No pass or fail result.
This is an assessment along with training so you will get the competency to drive while training.
Your training instructor (if he is a qualified examiner) can examine you during the training lessons to complete 30 tasks.
Once you successfully perform 30 tasks (which is entered in logbook) the instructor will give you a competency certificate.
You can be sure that you get the licence before the TDP expires.

Cons:
Time-consuming, need some 12-15 classes (1.5 hours each) at least to complete. (some experienced drivers can complete in 8-10 classes).
Costly- $110-150 per lesson, roughly the total cost is around $1500 or more.
If you change your instructor, you need to demonstrate the tasks again to the new instructor.


VORT or CBT&A?? :
Well, this purely depends on your skill and confidence. if you are a seasoned driver, go with VORT.
It is advised to go for at least 3 driving classes (VORT preparation class) to know about the test and procedures to follow.


If you are still in a learning stage or an occasional driver, better go with CBT&A, which also improve your driving skills.
Note: Most of the driving schools will push you to go with CBT&A as this will bring more money to them.




MY EXPERIENCE WITH VORT

I have 6+ years of experience in driving back in India (Bangalore & Kerala) and past 1 year in Australia. So thought of taking VORT.
I did two practice lessons, 1 hour each and got an idea about the test and the procedures to be followed for each manoeuvre.
My instructor insisted me to come to two more classes, but I told him that I couldn't, because of some travel plans.

VORT TEST-1: FAILED
Reason: Sped 52 kmph on a 50 zone. & didn't indicate for 5 sec while driving off from the kerb. (indicated 4.32 sec, in stopwatch :muted: )
Both are immediate fail items and I did them back to back. :):) Test terminated half way. $230 :banghead:

VORT TEST-2: PASSED with 96% score.

Please feel free to ask here any query regarding the driving licence conversion in South Australia, I will try my best to give all possible information.

Good Luck.!
 

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Thank you @PK-Adelaide for such a detailed post. Is there any requirement for minimum experience overseas for converting Overseas to Australia DL?
 
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Thank you @PK-Adelaide for such a detailed post. Is there any requirement for minimum experience overseas for converting Overseas to Australia DL?
There is no minimum experience required. You just need a full licence.

But there is an age criteria for the conversion. I think those who are below 20 years from non recognised country need to go through the conventional method, that is through the L,P1,P2 process. Rrspecrive website will provide detail info.
 

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Thank you...I have one more query...are you saying that for CBT&A, after finishing the classes you don't need to attend any test?.... You directly get the Driving License..? Correct me if I am wrong..
 
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Thank you...I have one more query...are you saying that for CBT&A, after finishing the classes you don't need to attend any test?.... You directly get the Driving License..? Correct me if I am wrong...
In CBT&A you don't have to do a test, but need to do an assessment which is a part of your training. But it is different from a test as in VORT where there is a pass/fail result ( you need 90% score in test).

For the assessment in CBT&A, if you couldn't perform one set of task (out of 30), you only need to take training on that and get it cleared.
But in VORT, all driving situations, road rules and manoeuvres are clubbed to a 1 hour road test where a small mistake or negligence will make you fail.

Again, it is better to go with VORT if you have good driving experience and enough confidence.
 
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thank you for the quick reply...now got a clear idea of DL ..
 
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For those who are coming to Australia on either temporary or permanent resident visa, below are the conditions with which you can drive with Overseas Licence and procedure to convert overseas licence.

Note: The rules, regulations and procedures mentioned below are for South Australia. But most of the states have a similar procedure.

for temporary residents (457, 482, 489 etc) & visitors

You can drive with your overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle (except a motorcycle) for the entire period of stay.
If it is not in English, an English translation along with IDP is required.
If the licence expires while you are in Australia and unable to renew it, you need to apply for an Australian drivers licence. (How to apply, see below)^^
you can also convert this at any time, if you wish to. (How to apply, see below)^^

for Permanent Residents
If you don't have an overseas licence, you need to get a Learner's permit and then advance through Provisional licences P1 & P2 until you get a full licence. the whole process to get a full licence will take almost 2-3 years with a lot of restrictions while holding Learners and Provisional licences.

If you have an overseas license you need to get it converted to Australia Licence.
( you have 90 days to get this transferred, with an extension period of 90 more days. Beyond this, you need to start with the learner's permit)
90 days will be counted from the day you arrived Australia (
exceptions apply as in TAS, where it is counted from the date of visa grant) or the date of visa grant, whichever is later.


^^How to convert Overseas Licence to Australia Licence?

from recognised countries: If your overseas licence is issued from the list of recognised countries (see the list of countries in respective state website), you can directly convert them to Australian full licence by paying a fee. (no need to appear for any test)
This is applicable for the licence to drive a car or motorcycle. For all other vehicles, a practical driving test needs to be taken.

from other countries: If your overseas license is issued NOT from the list of recognised countries, below are the procedure (this is also applicable to those in temporary visa who wish to convert to Australia licence).

-->Go to the respective centre in each state (In South Australia, it is Service SA) and attend the learner's test.
-->Once you pass the learner's test you will be provided with a Temporary Driving Permit (TDP) which is valid for 3 months. This TDP effectively cancels your power to drive in Australia with your overseas licence. So once TDP is issued, you should pass the driving test within the TDP expiry period or need to go through learners licence path, which takes 2-3 years to get a full licence.)
-->Do the driving test (VORT or CBT&A)** and pass the test.
-->Attend the Hazard Perception Test.
--> Get the full Licence..!!


#you can do the mock tests on Learners & Hazard perception online to have an idea, how the questions are asked. (not very tough)

**VORT or CBT&A

you can choose either of these methods based on your confidence and convenience.

VORT
pros:
A single test. if you pass, you will get the full licence.
You can take as many tests until you pass ( with a gap of 3 days between each test)
If you are very confident and an experienced driver, this comes really cheap ( approx.$230 for each test, so you can pass in 1-3 tests)

Cons:
The result is either pass or fail.
You need to obey 100% rules and regulations (and some crazy procedures)during the test. (test lasts for 45 min to 60 min).
There are 5 'immediate fail items' (IFI) which will make you fail before completing the entire test. (people have failed within 1 minute of commencement of test due to IFI)
You need to score at least 90% in the test.
If it extends to more than 7 tests, it's going to be more expensive than the CBT-A method.

CBT&A (Competency-based test training and assessment) or Log book method
pros:
No pass or fail result.
This is an assessment along with training so you will get the competency to drive while training.
Your training instructor (if he is a qualified examiner) can examine you during the training lessons to complete 30 tasks.
Once you successfully perform 30 tasks (which is entered in logbook) the instructor will give you a competency certificate.
You can be sure that you get the licence before the TDP expires.

Cons:
Time-consuming, need some 12-15 classes (1.5 hours each) at least to complete. (some experienced drivers can complete in 8-10 classes).
Costly- $110-150 per lesson, roughly the total cost is around $1500 or more.
If you change your instructor, you need to demonstrate the tasks again to the new instructor.


VORT or CBT&A?? :
Well, this purely depends on your skill and confidence. if you are a seasoned driver, go with VORT.
It is advised to go for at least 3 driving classes (VORT preparation class) to know about the test and procedures to follow.


If you are still in a learning stage or an occasional driver, better go with CBT&A, which also improve your driving skills.
Note: Most of the driving schools will push you to go with CBT&A as this will bring more money to them.




MY EXPERIENCE WITH VORT

I have 6+ years of experience in driving back in India (Bangalore & Kerala) and past 1 year in Australia. So thought of taking VORT.
I did two practice lessons, 1 hour each and got an idea about the test and the procedures to be followed for each manoeuvre.
My instructor insisted me to come to two more classes, but I told him that I couldn't, because of some travel plans.

VORT TEST-1: FAILED
Reason: Sped 52 kmph on a 50 zone. & didn't indicate for 5 sec while driving off from the kerb. (indicated 4.32 sec, in stopwatch :muted: )
Both are immediate fail items and I did them back to back. :):) Test terminated half way. $230 :banghead:

VORT TEST-2: PASSED with 96% score.

Please feel free to ask here any query regarding the driving licence conversion in South Australia, I will try my best to give all possible information.

Good Luck.!
can you tell me what is it like being assessed as an engineering technologist there? cause im a civil engineer and i have been assessed as 233914 do you face issues with that??
 
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can you tell me what is it like being assessed as an engineering technologist there? cause im a civil engineer and i have been assessed as 233914 do you face issues with that??
Assessment is by Engineers Australia and it has nothing to do with the state.

SA will nominate an Engineering Technologist ( Supplimentry skill list) only if the special conditions are met. (please see the migrationsa website for more details)

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/nomination-process/skilled-nomination-requirements


Engineering technologist covers a wide spectrum of engineers which not not essentially doing all the activities of a main stream engineer.
My exact role is mechanical simulation engineer which is a combined field of Mechanical/Industrial/Production. But i am not specifically doing any of these, so assessed as an Engineering Technologist.
 
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Assessment is by Engineers Australia and it has nothing to do with the state.

SA will nominate an Engineering Technologist ( Supplimentry skill list) only if the special conditions are met. (please see the migrationsa website for more details)

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/nomination-process/skilled-nomination-requirements


Engineering technologist covers a wide spectrum of engineers which not not essentially doing all the activities of a main stream engineer.
My exact role is mechanical simulation engineer which is a combined field of Mechanical/Industrial/Production. But i am not specifically doing any of these, so assessed as an Engineering Technologist.
Bro my main concern is will i still be considered as a civil engineer or an engineer in the market there? do companies ask you for what was your assessment ?
 
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Bro my main concern is will i still be considered as a civil engineer or an engineer in the market there? do companies ask you for what was your assessment ?
No. Companies won't ask anything regarding the skill assessment. You may be assessed as a Civil Engineer but can work as an Agricultural Engineer. :)

I am not sure regarding temporary skilled visas, there can be work conditions, as in 457. Not sure.

But once you get PR (189/190) you can be in any profession.
 
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For those who are coming to Australia on either temporary or permanent resident visa, below are the conditions with which you can drive with Overseas Licence and procedure to convert overseas licence.

Note: The rules, regulations and procedures mentioned below are for South Australia. But most of the states have a similar procedure.

for temporary residents (457, 482, 489 etc) & visitors

You can drive with your overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle (except a motorcycle) for the entire period of stay.
If it is not in English, an English translation along with IDP is required.
If the licence expires while you are in Australia and unable to renew it, you need to apply for an Australian drivers licence. (How to apply, see below)^^
you can also convert this at any time, if you wish to. (How to apply, see below)^^

for Permanent Residents
If you don't have an overseas licence, you need to get a Learner's permit and then advance through Provisional licences P1 & P2 until you get a full licence. the whole process to get a full licence will take almost 2-3 years with a lot of restrictions while holding Learners and Provisional licences.

If you have an overseas license you need to get it converted to Australia Licence.
( you have 90 days to get this transferred, with an extension period of 90 more days. Beyond this, you need to start with the learner's permit)
90 days will be counted from the day you arrived Australia (
exceptions apply as in TAS, where it is counted from the date of visa grant) or the date of visa grant, whichever is later.


^^How to convert Overseas Licence to Australia Licence?

from recognised countries: If your overseas licence is issued from the list of recognised countries (see the list of countries in respective state website), you can directly convert them to Australian full licence by paying a fee. (no need to appear for any test)
This is applicable for the licence to drive a car or motorcycle. For all other vehicles, a practical driving test needs to be taken.

from other countries: If your overseas license is issued NOT from the list of recognised countries, below are the procedure (this is also applicable to those in temporary visa who wish to convert to Australia licence).

-->Go to the respective centre in each state (In South Australia, it is Service SA) and attend the learner's test.
-->Once you pass the learner's test you will be provided with a Temporary Driving Permit (TDP) which is valid for 3 months. This TDP effectively cancels your power to drive in Australia with your overseas licence. So once TDP is issued, you should pass the driving test within the TDP expiry period or need to go through learners licence path, which takes 2-3 years to get a full licence.)
-->Do the driving test (VORT or CBT&A)** and pass the test.
-->Attend the Hazard Perception Test.
--> Get the full Licence..!!


#you can do the mock tests on Learners & Hazard perception online to have an idea, how the questions are asked. (not very tough)

**VORT or CBT&A

you can choose either of these methods based on your confidence and convenience.

VORT
pros:
A single test. if you pass, you will get the full licence.
You can take as many tests until you pass ( with a gap of 3 days between each test)
If you are very confident and an experienced driver, this comes really cheap ( approx.$230 for each test, so you can pass in 1-3 tests)

Cons:
The result is either pass or fail.
You need to obey 100% rules and regulations (and some crazy procedures)during the test. (test lasts for 45 min to 60 min).
There are 5 'immediate fail items' (IFI) which will make you fail before completing the entire test. (people have failed within 1 minute of commencement of test due to IFI)
You need to score at least 90% in the test.
If it extends to more than 7 tests, it's going to be more expensive than the CBT-A method.

CBT&A (Competency-based test training and assessment) or Log book method
pros:
No pass or fail result.
This is an assessment along with training so you will get the competency to drive while training.
Your training instructor (if he is a qualified examiner) can examine you during the training lessons to complete 30 tasks.
Once you successfully perform 30 tasks (which is entered in logbook) the instructor will give you a competency certificate.
You can be sure that you get the licence before the TDP expires.

Cons:
Time-consuming, need some 12-15 classes (1.5 hours each) at least to complete. (some experienced drivers can complete in 8-10 classes).
Costly- $110-150 per lesson, roughly the total cost is around $1500 or more.
If you change your instructor, you need to demonstrate the tasks again to the new instructor.


VORT or CBT&A?? :
Well, this purely depends on your skill and confidence. if you are a seasoned driver, go with VORT.
It is advised to go for at least 3 driving classes (VORT preparation class) to know about the test and procedures to follow.


If you are still in a learning stage or an occasional driver, better go with CBT&A, which also improve your driving skills.
Note: Most of the driving schools will push you to go with CBT&A as this will bring more money to them.




MY EXPERIENCE WITH VORT

I have 6+ years of experience in driving back in India (Bangalore & Kerala) and past 1 year in Australia. So thought of taking VORT.
I did two practice lessons, 1 hour each and got an idea about the test and the procedures to be followed for each manoeuvre.
My instructor insisted me to come to two more classes, but I told him that I couldn't, because of some travel plans.

VORT TEST-1: FAILED
Reason: Sped 52 kmph on a 50 zone. & didn't indicate for 5 sec while driving off from the kerb. (indicated 4.32 sec, in stopwatch :muted: )
Both are immediate fail items and I did them back to back. :):) Test terminated half way. $230 :banghead:

VORT TEST-2: PASSED with 96% score.

Please feel free to ask here any query regarding the driving licence conversion in South Australia, I will try my best to give all possible information.

Good Luck.!

I am a PR. I want to know if Nepal is in the list of recognized country or not. Is there any link that we check if it is or not. I have full License from Nepal. I am now trying to do DKT test and appear in driving test to convert Nepali License to Australian License.
 
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I am a PR. I want to know if Nepal is in the list of recognized country or not. Is there any link that we check if it is or not. I have full License from Nepal. I am now trying to do DKT test and appear in driving test to convert Nepali License to Australian License.
Please check the website of the respective state and confirm. Below is the link for SA

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/drivers-and-licences/drivers-licence/drivers-licence-transfer

I think, Nepal is not in the list.
 
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If you are eligible for transferring your license, you won't need to fulfill that criterion.
 
For those who are coming to Australia on either temporary or permanent resident visa, below are the conditions with which you can drive with Overseas Licence and procedure to convert overseas licence.

Note: The rules, regulations and procedures mentioned below are for South Australia. But most of the states have a similar procedure.

for temporary residents (457, 482, 489 etc) & visitors

You can drive with your overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle (except a motorcycle) for the entire period of stay.
If it is not in English, an English translation along with IDP is required.
If the licence expires while you are in Australia and unable to renew it, you need to apply for an Australian drivers licence. (How to apply, see below)^^
you can also convert this at any time, if you wish to. (How to apply, see below)^^

for Permanent Residents

If you don't have an overseas licence, you need to get a Learner's permit and then advance through Provisional licences P1 & P2 until you get a full licence. the whole process to get a full licence will take almost 2-3 years with a lot of restrictions while holding Learners and Provisional licences.

If you have an overseas license you need to get it converted to Australia Licence.
( you have 90 days to get this transferred, with an extension period of 90 more days. Beyond this, you need to start with the learner's permit)
90 days will be counted from the day you arrived Australia (
exceptions apply as in TAS, where it is counted from the date of visa grant) or the date of visa grant, whichever is later.


^^How to convert Overseas Licence to Australia Licence?

from recognised countries: If your overseas licence is issued from the list of recognised countries (see the list of countries in respective state website), you can directly convert them to Australian full licence by paying a fee. (no need to appear for any test)
This is applicable for the licence to drive a car or motorcycle. For all other vehicles, a practical driving test needs to be taken.

from other countries: If your overseas license is issued NOT from the list of recognised countries, below are the procedure (this is also applicable to those in temporary visa who wish to convert to Australia licence).

-->Go to the respective centre in each state (In South Australia, it is Service SA) and attend the learner's test.
-->Once you pass the learner's test you will be provided with a Temporary Driving Permit (TDP) which is valid for 3 months. This TDP effectively cancels your power to drive in Australia with your overseas licence. So once TDP is issued, you should pass the driving test within the TDP expiry period or need to go through learners licence path, which takes 2-3 years to get a full licence.)
-->Do the driving test (VORT or CBT&A)** and pass the test.
-->Attend the Hazard Perception Test.
--> Get the full Licence..!!


#you can do the mock tests on Learners & Hazard perception online to have an idea, how the questions are asked. (not very tough)

**VORT or CBT&A

you can choose either of these methods based on your confidence and convenience.

VORT
pros:
A single test. if you pass, you will get the full licence.
You can take as many tests until you pass ( with a gap of 3 days between each test)
If you are very confident and an experienced driver, this comes really cheap ( approx.$230 for each test, so you can pass in 1-3 tests)

Cons:
The result is either pass or fail.
You need to obey 100% rules and regulations (and some crazy procedures)during the test. (test lasts for 45 min to 60 min).
There are 5 'immediate fail items' (IFI) which will make you fail before completing the entire test. (people have failed within 1 minute of commencement of test due to IFI)
You need to score at least 90% in the test.
If it extends to more than 7 tests, it's going to be more expensive than the CBT-A method.

CBT&A (Competency-based test training and assessment) or Log book method
pros:
No pass or fail result.
This is an assessment along with training so you will get the competency to drive while training.
Your training instructor (if he is a qualified examiner) can examine you during the training lessons to complete 30 tasks.
Once you successfully perform 30 tasks (which is entered in logbook) the instructor will give you a competency certificate.
You can be sure that you get the licence before the TDP expires.

Cons:
Time-consuming, need some 12-15 classes (1.5 hours each) at least to complete. (some experienced drivers can complete in 8-10 classes).
Costly- $110-150 per lesson, roughly the total cost is around $1500 or more.
If you change your instructor, you need to demonstrate the tasks again to the new instructor.


VORT or CBT&A?? :
Well, this purely depends on your skill and confidence. if you are a seasoned driver, go with VORT.
It is advised to go for at least 3 driving classes (VORT preparation class) to know about the test and procedures to follow.

If you are still in a learning stage or an occasional driver, better go with CBT&A, which also improve your driving skills.
Note: Most of the driving schools will push you to go with CBT&A as this will bring more money to them.



MY EXPERIENCE WITH VORT


I have 6+ years of experience in driving back in India (Bangalore & Kerala) and past 1 year in Australia. So thought of taking VORT.
I did two practice lessons, 1 hour each and got an idea about the test and the procedures to be followed for each manoeuvre.
My instructor insisted me to come to two more classes, but I told him that I couldn't, because of some travel plans.

VORT TEST-1: FAILED
Reason: Sped 52 kmph on a 50 zone. & didn't indicate for 5 sec while driving off from the kerb. (indicated 4.32 sec, in stopwatch :muted: )
Both are immediate fail items and I did them back to back. :):) Test terminated half way. $230 :banghead:

VORT TEST-2: PASSED with 96% score.

Please feel free to ask here any query regarding the driving licence conversion in South Australia, I will try my best to give all possible information.

Good Luck.!
Hi... If my permit is expiring in 2 days and I failed my vort will I get a temporary permit to apply for my next vort test?
 
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