How do I get my Provisional Licence?

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To move from a Learner's Permit to a Provisional Licence, you must be recognised as a confident and competent driver. To achieve this you must:

  • Have had a Learner's Permit for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Log at least 75 hours (including a minimum of 15 hours at night) of driving experience with a qualified supervisory driver in the "Driver's Companion".
  • Obtain a Certificate of Competency by completing either the Competency Based Training method or the Vehicle on Road Test. 

You must also pass a Hazard Perception Test before you are able to graduate to a P1 licence.

The Hazard Perception Test is undertaken using a computer touch screen to respond to questions. The purpose of the test is to assess ability as a driver to recognise and respond to potential danger or hazardous situations. When preparing for the test, it is important to haven an understanding of the following areas:

  • Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Scanning for hazards
  • Selecting safe gaps

After successfully completing the Hazard Perception Test, you will be able to advance to a P1 licence.

What happens next?
After the Requirements are met a Provisional Driver's Licence is issued. It must be held for three years (one year on your P1 and two years on your P2 licence). While Provisional Licence holders are deemed competent and experienced enough to drive alone, certain conditions still apply.

  • Must carry their Provisional Licence at all times when driving
  • The P-plates must be clearly displayed at the front and rear of the vehicle (on P1 licence only)
  • Must not drive with any drug or alcohol concentration in their blood
  • Must not exceed a speed of 100 km/h
  • Must not exceed the speed limit by 10km/h or more
  • May not use or operate a hands free phone kit or Bluetooth while the car is on.
  • Any P1 driver under the age 25 may not carry more than one passenger between the age of 16 - 20 who is not an immediate family member.
  • Any P1 driver under the age of 25 cannot drive between midnight and 5am without obtaining an exemption for work or sporting commitments.