Learner drivers – steps to getting your licence

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.

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 licence.

1. Get a learner’s permit – Must be a minimum age of 16 and score at least 24/30 on the written assessment.

2. Learn to drive – Start to record supervised driving hours in log book - must include minimum five hours night time driving. Must be in this stage for at least 6 months.

3. Complete the Hazard Perception Test ­– Must be a minimum age of 16 years and 6 months. You do not need to take your Log Book to a Licensing Centre.

4. Continue to gain experience – Must have recorded at least 50 supervised driving hours in the Learner Log Book.

5. Practical driving assessment – Must be a minimum age of 17. You must present your completed Learner Log Book as well as primary and secondary identification.

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

For more, visit the Department of Transport website.

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RAC's free road safety program for teens

RAC Road Ready® is your go-to for all the tips and tricks you need to stay safe on and around the roads, whether you’re on foot, bike or learning to drive.

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Our partners

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PBF Australia

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 that book a RAC Community Education presentation 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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