Getting your P2 licence

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After you’ve had your P1 licence for 12 months, you can apply to move on to the next stage – the P2 licence.

Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017

Changes apply to the testing you need to progress through the licensing stages. In addition, P2 drivers who get suspended for unsafe driving will end up adding an extra 6 months to the time they need to spend on their P2 licence. Find out more.

Like the learner and P1 licences, there are special rules that you have to follow when you're on the P2 licence. They are listed below. Unlike your previous licences, you can upgrade a P2 licence to some of the heavy vehicles licences, particularly Light Rigid (LR), Medium Rigid (MR) and Heavy Rigid (HR). Read more about licence classes.

P2 licence holders must:

  • Have P plates (green P on a white background) displayed conspicuously at the front and rear of the car when driving. You can't put them on the inside of the windows – they must be fixed to the exterior of the car. If towing a trailer, a P plate must be on the back of the trailer
  • Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration (in effect, this means you cannot drink before driving)
  • Observe a maximum speed limit of 100 km/h
  • Not accumulate more than seven demerit points
  • Not supervise a learner driver
  • Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seatbelts or child restraints
  • Only drive a vehicle with a seatbelt fitted to the driver's position and wear the seatbelt
  • Not drive with any passengers in or on the boot of the vehicle.
  • Not use any type of mobile phone, including hands free, Bluetooth or an automated audio device while driving or when stationary but not parked. Touching a phone when driving (eg text or video functions) is against the law.

Provisional P2 drivers who receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour must stay on their P2 licence for an extra 6 months for every suspension they receive for unsafe driving behaviour. For example if a P2 licence holder goes over their demerit point limits and gets suspended, they'll have to stay on their P2 licence for the normal 24 months plus an extra 6 months before they can apply for a full licence. Each separate suspension will delay you an extra 6 months making it even longer before you can apply for a full licence.

If a P2 driver commits an offence and does not receive a suspension, their time on a P2 licence will not be extended.

P platers also have restrictions on the kinds of vehicles they can drive. Here are the vehicle restrictions for P plate drivers.

The final countdown

The next step is the final stage of the licensing system. After holding your P2 licence for 24 months without being suspended for unsafe driving behaviour you can apply for your unrestricted licence. Read more about how to get your full licence.