A Temporary Driving Permit is issued under Section 80 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1959 and authorizes a person to drive on a temporary basis. They are usually issued subject to conditions and restrictions in order for the person to undergo driving tests or to furnish other evidence of their ability and/or fitness to drive a motor vehicle. Permits are commonly issued for Medical reasons or to people Converting an Overseas licence to South Australian Licence.
Currently, people converting an overseas licence to a South Australian licence are issued their permits at Service SA Customer Service Centres. Following an initial assessment and successfully passing a theory test, a hand written permit is produced and issued to the client. This process is about to change.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is in the process of changing the design and procedure to issue a ‘Temporary Driving Permit’. The changes including two new letters to be issued in place of a permit are scheduled to come into effect from Monday 17th June 2013.
The ‘Temporary Driving Permit’
Temporary Driving Permits will now be A4 size and computer generated. It is planned that the hand-written permits will cease being issued from 17th June 2013 and phased out by mid August 2013.
A permit will only be issued where the persons overseas licence has already expired or is due to expire in the next 90 days. Otherwise, the persons overseas licence will remain their authority to drive.
‘Practical Driving Assessment’ letters
Two (2) new letters are being introduced that will be issued to holders of a current (not expired) overseas drivers licence.
These letters are titled:
- Theory Test Certificate of Attainment and
- Confirmation of Eligibility to Upgrade Licence Class.
Upon passing a licence theory test the person will be issued the Theory Test Certificate of Attainment letter.
The Confirmation of Eligibility to Upgrade Licence Class letter will predominantly be issued where a licence class other then ‘Car’ is endorsed on the persons overseas licence.
In both cases the letter will specify the licence class being sought for which they are required to pass a practical driving test.
The person is also required to carry their current overseas licence (and English translation if applicable) with them at all times while driving, including during the practical driving test.
These changes do not effect existing driver testing procedures.
Rather, they represent a change in the type and appearance of documentation a client will receive and produce when presenting to undertake a practical driving test.