How does a learner get a Provisional Licence (P1)?

To move from a Learner's Permit to a Provisional Licence, the driver must be recognised as a confident and competent. To achieve this the learner driver must:

  • Have had a Learner's Permit for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Log at least 75 hours (including a minimum of 15 hours at night) of driving experience with a qualified supervisory driver in the "Driver's Companion".
  • Obtain a Certificate of Competency by completing either the Competency Based Training method or the Vehicle on Road Test. 

A Hazard Perception Test must be completed before a person is able to graduate to a P1 licence.

The Hazard Perception Test is undertaken using a computer touch screen to respond to questions. The purpose of the test is to assess ability as a driver to recognise and respond to potential danger or hazardous situations. When preparing for the test, it is important to haven an understanding of the following areas:

  • Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Scanning for hazards
  • Selecting safe gaps

After successfully completing the Hazard Perception Test, the learner driver will be able to advance to a P1 licence.

What happens next?
After the Requirements are met a Provisional Driver's Licence is issued. It must be held for three years (one year on P1 and two years on a P2 licence). While Provisional Licence holders are deemed competent and experienced enough to drive alone, certain conditions still apply.

  • Must carry their Provisional Licence at all times when driving
  • The P-plates must be clearly displayed at the front and rear of the vehicle (on P1 licence only)
  • Must not drive with any drug or alcohol concentration in their blood
  • Must not exceed a speed of 100 km/h
  • Must not exceed the speed limit by 10km/h or more
  • May not use or operate a hands free phone kit or Bluetooth while the car is on.
  • Any P1 driver under the age 25 may not carry more than one passenger between the age of 16 - 20 who is not an immediate family member.
  • Any P1 driver under the age of 25 cannot drive between midnight and 5am without obtaining an exemption for work or sporting commitments.