Getting behind the wheel for the first time can be exciting, but there's a lot to learn before a new driver gets their P plates. We can help you navigate your way through the process, whether you’re a learner, parent or supervisor helping someone learn to drive.

Learner drivers – steps to getting your licence

Before you can get behind the wheel you need to learn the road rules and get your learner’s permit. To apply for your permit in Western Australia you must be at least 16-years-of-age. All up, there are six steps to getting your full license.

1. Gain learner’s permit – minimum age 16, score at least 24/30 on the written assessment.

2. Learn to drive – record at least 25 supervised driving hours in the Pre Practical Driving Assessment Log Book.

3. Practical driving assessment – minimum age 16 years and 6 months, pass assessment.

4. Gain experience – record at least 25 supervised driving hours in the post practical driving assessment log book.

5. Hazard Perception Test ­– minimum age 17, sit and pass test 6 months after practical driving test.

6. Provisional licence – hold for 2 years total with the first 6 months on red ‘P’ plates (with night-time restrictions), remaining 18 months on green ‘P’ plates.

For more, visit the Department of Transport website.

Supervisors/parents – Learn to Drive pack

We know that you want to help your learner driver gain as much experience as possible before they get their licence and start driving on their own.
We offer practical advice to RAC members to help you teach your learner the basics, with our free Learn to Drive pack with information for supervisors, free ‘L’ plates, a blind-spot mirror and a guide for learner drivers.

Download extra advice on:
Your role as a supervisor (PDF 447 KB)
Practice tips (PDF 423KB)
Training techniques (PDF 427KB)
Troubleshooting (PDF 449KB) 

Supervisors/parents – Keys for Life Workshop for Parents and Students

For learner drivers, parents and supervisors, come along to one of our Keys for Life workshops. 

This one-hour session will cover questions and advice to get you on the road safely:

  • What to expect in the practical driving assessment
  • Four stages of learning to drive
  • Tips for successful and safe driving
  • Role of the supervisor
  • Tips on choosing a car

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Free driving lesson – keys2drive

A federal government initiative, keys2drive gets both learners and parents in the car for one free driving lesson with an accredited driving instructor.

The program is very practical, giving both learner drivers and driving coaches or parents great tips to reduce risk, increase safety and improve driving.

Young man driving his car with a female friend during the day

Road ready

Before you hit the road, check out the Road Ready website for helpful information about safe behaviour on and around the roads – including skateboarding, cycling and learning to drive.

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Our partners

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Paraplegic Benefit Fund

PBF delivers a powerful and influential road safety program run by people who have sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a road trauma event. Schools who book an RAC Community Education presentation in the calendar year are entitled to a free PBF presentation.

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School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA)

We work alongside SDERA and present the workshop Keys for Life: A Workshop for Parents and Young People. This workshop aims to motivate young people and their parents to work as partners in the learning to drive process.

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