Step 1
Get your Learner’s Permit

You can’t practice driving (even with your parents) until you have your learner’s permit. 

To get your learner’s permit you need to:

  • Be aged 16 (for C Class licences).
  • Go to the Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre and pass your learner’s permit theory test (score 24/30 or more).
  • Pass an eyesight test.
  • Show five Proof of Identity forms.

Once you tick all the boxes the DVS centre will give you your 50 hour log book and learner’s permit card. 

Step 2
Complete your Log Book

Practice makes perfect, log hours at different times of the day and in different weather and traffic conditions. That way you’ll be more prepared for driving on your own.

It’s a good idea to have some lessons with a qualified driving instructor to get started. Check out the Keys 2 Drive website to get your first driving lesson for free. 

If you're using parents or friends, just make sure they also meet the supervisor driver requirements on the Department for Transport website.

As a learner remember:

  • Always display your Ls when driving.
  • Carry your Learner’s card.
  • It’s a 0.00% BAC.
  • Demerit points apply.
  • No driving in Kings Park.

Once you’ve completed your log book, you can sit your practical driving test.

Step 3
Pass your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

When you’re ready to sit your PDA you can book and pay for it at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or a Police Station (in some regional areas).

About the test:
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  • You must be at least 16 and a half.
  • It will take about 45 minutes.
  • The test has 5 sections.
  • A score is given for each section.
  • Your score will determine if you pass or fail 

After the test your assessor will go through your score sheet with you. If you don’t pass the first time, don’t panic! Get some more practice and book to sit the test again. 

If you pass (high five!) you can move on to steps 4 to 6 and work towards getting your licence.

Please note: From 9 October 2017, the Department of Transport will introduce a re-sequence which will require learner drivers to complete the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) before the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA). In addition applicants must be 17 years of age or older and have completed 50 hours of supervised driving, including five hours of supervised night-time driving, before being eligible to attempt the PDA. For  more information visit the Department of Transport website.