Summary of novice car licensing pathway


In all novice stages

You must have a breath/blood alcohol content of 0.00 and carry your licence on you whenever you’re driving.

Driver knowledge test

This can be attempted from the minimum age of 15 years and 11 months.

You must be 16 years of age to be issued with your learner licence.

Learner licence requirements and restrictions

In the learner stage you must:

  • be accompanied by a supervisory driver
  • hold your licence for a minimum of 12 continuous months
  • complete 80 logbook hours (including 15 at night)
  • never tow another vehicle, including trailer
  • drive no faster than 90km/h even when a higher speed limit applies
  • display L plates
  • not use a mobile phone.

Hazard perception test

Please note this is still in development. Until directed otherwise you are not required to complete the test and can ignore this step.

Once available, the hazard perception test can be completed online from three months before your earliest P1 practical driving assessment date.

P1 practical driving assessment

To sit your P1 practical driving assessment you must be a minimum of 17 years of age and have satisfied your learner licence hours and licence period requirements.

P1 licence

In the P1 stage you must:

  • hold your licence for a minimum of 12 continuous months
  • display red P plates
  • drive no faster than 100km/h even when a higher speed limit applies
  • not use a mobile phone.

If you are under 25 years of age you will also have some peer passenger restrictions.

P2 licence

Depending on your age when your licence is upgraded to P2 you will need to hold the licence for a different period of time before progressing to your full licence.

If you are under 23 when you get your P2 licence

You will need to hold the licence for two years

If you are 23 or older but under 25

You will need to hold the licence for 12 months or until you turn 25. The time that applies will be whichever of these is longer.

If you are 25 or older

You will need to hold the licence for 12 months.

If you progress to your full licence without recording demerit points or certain offences over your P1 and P2 periods you may be eligible for the safer driver reward.


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