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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. 

Learner's Pack:

When you sign up for RAC Road Ready you get a FREE leaner's pack which includes; our Learner Driver's Guide and tips to get you started on your journey. Sign up and receive a FREE RAC Road Ready leaners pack

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 also a good idea to have some lessons with a qualified driving instructor to get started.   

If you chose to use parents or friends to supervise, just make sure they meet the supervisor driver requirements found 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 Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

Once a minimum of six months have passed since getting your Learner's permit, you can sit your Hazard Perception Test (HPT).

The HPT is a computer based test that uses moving traffic scenes to measure your ability to assess a situation and make a safe driving decision. Practice online at any time on the Department for Transport website.

About the test:

To sit the HPT:

  • Be 16 years and six months or older (for C Class licences).
  • Go to the Driver and Vehicle Services Centre (DVS).
  • Bring your learner's permit.
  • Show identification.

 Not everyone passes the test the first (or second) time.  Don’t worry - you can book to take the test another day. Just remember you have to pay the fee each time, so it pays to practice as much as you can.


Please note: From 9 October 2017, the Department of Transport has introduced a re-sequence which requires 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.

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