Overview - from learner to full licence
There are seven steps you'll need to complete to progress from a car learner licence to a full licence.
The steps are:
- Pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) - get your learner licence.
- Hold your learner licence at least 12 months and complete 120 hours of supervised driving practice including 20 hours of night driving (for drivers under the age of 25 only).
- Pass the Driving Test - progress to a Provisional Licence - stage 1 (P1 licence).
- Hold your P1 licence for a minimum of 12 months.
- Pass the Hazard Perception Test - progress to Provisional Licence - stage 2 (P2 licence).
- Hold your P2 licence for a minimum of 24 months.
- Pass the Driver Qualification Test (DQT) - progress to a full licence.
Plan ahead – your card may be posted to you
We’re changing the way we print and issue photocards. At certain locations, when you apply for a licence, your card will be posted to you at no extra cost.
When you apply for or renew your licence you will be given a paper receipt. The receipt will act as proof of licence status until your new photo licence arrives.
See Centralised photocard printing for more information.
Interstate and overseas learners
If you are transferring your interstate or overseas learner licence, you are exempt from the 120 hours Learner Driver Log Book requirements if you pass the Driving Test. However, if you fail the test, you will be issued with a NSW learner licence and be required to hold your licence for 12 months and complete 120 hours of driving practice (including 20 hours of night driving) before a further test can be attempted. Roads and Maritime Services will recognise any Learner Driver Log Book hours recorded in your home state provided appropriate documentation is presented.
See Learner drivers for more detailed information.
Licence and registration warning
An organisation named UPMART currently claims that it can provide perpetual motor vehicle registration and 100-year driver licences.
Under NSW Legislation Roads and Maritime Services is the only vehicle registration and driver licensing authority in NSW. See Licence and Registration warning for more information.
If you're a young driver, visit GEARED to find out everything you need to know about getting and keeping your licence.
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