If you are 17 years of age or older, you are eligible to attempt the Driving Test if you have logged at least 120 hours driving time (which includes a minimum of 20 hours of night driving) and have held your learner licence for at least 12 months. See Learner licence for more information.
Note: drivers aged 25 years and over are exempt from the 12 month tenure and log book requirements.
You will need to book for the Driving Test by phoning 13 22 13 or booking online at myTests.
If you pass, you will be issued a P1 driver licence. You can attempt the Driving Test in any type of light vehicle, however, you will be restricted from driving certain prohibited vehicles when a P1 driver licence is issued. For more information see P1 and P2 vehicle and passenger conditions and Learner licence for exemptions from the 120 hours log book requirements.
A P1 driver licence is issued for 18 months. You must hold a P1 licence for a minimum total period of 12 months before being eligible to progress to a P2 licence.
If you have committed an offence under section 129 of the Liquor Act 2007 of using false documents to gain access to licensed premises or purchase alcohol you will be required to hold your P1 driver licence for 18 months, that is, an additional six-month period.
Any period that your licence is suspended is not counted. This means that if your licence is suspended, you must hold your P1 licence for an additional period that is equal to the suspension period. As an example, if your licence is suspended for 3 months, the earliest you can progress to the P2 licence is after 15 months (12 months + 3 months = 15 months) or, if the Liquor Act offence applies, 21 months (18 months + 3 months = 21 months).
If you are disqualified from driving by a court, the law operates to immediately and permanently cancel any licence held. In these circumstances, any tenure gained on your P1 licence is forfeited. This means that when the disqualification period has ended, you will be required to obtain a further P1 licence and you will need to complete the 12 months (or 18 months) tenure period again before you can progress to a P2 licence.
Once you have completed the required tenure period on your P1 licence, you can attempt the Hazard Perception Test (HPT). If successful, you can proceed to the P2 licence.
What special rules must I follow?
P1 drivers must:
- Have P plates (red P on white background) displayed conspicuously at the front and rear exterior of the car when driving. The letter P on the plate must not be hidden. If towing a trailer, a P plate must be on the back of the trailer.
- Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration (this means you cannot drink before driving). It is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs.
- Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h.
- Observe towing restrictions (you are only allowed to tow light trailers of up to 250 kilograms unloaded weight).
- Automatic transmission vehicles – You are restricted to driving an automatic or clutchless manual transmission vehicle if tested in one.
- Not supervise a learner driver.
- Not upgrade the licence to a higher class.
- If aged under 25, you may only carry one passenger under the age of 21 between 11pm and 5am.
- Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat belts or child restraints.
- Only drive vehicles that have a seat belt fitted to the driver's position and you must wear the seat belt.
- Not use any functions of a mobile phone including hands-free devices.
- Not drive certain prohibited vehicles.
Failure to comply with any of the above requirements is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.
A provisional P1 licence will be suspended or refused if the threshold of four demerit points is reached or exceeded. P1 licence holders will have their licence suspended for at least three months for any speeding offence. An additional suspension or refusal period will apply for any excessive speed offence (More than 30km/h above the speed limit).
To progress from a P1 to a P2 licence you must pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT).