Provisional (P2) driver licence

Provisional licences have two stages. After completing the minimum required tenure period on your P1 licence you can attempt the Hazard Perception Test (HPT). If successful, you can proceed to the P2 licence.

A P2 driver licence is issued for 30 months.

 

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.

Progressing to a full licence

To get a full licence, you must meet the minimum tenure requirements and pass the Driver Qualification Test (DQT).

Tenure requirements

You must hold your P2 licence for a minimum period of 24 months before being eligible to progress to a full licence.

Liquor Act offences
If you commit an offence under section 129 of the Liquor Act 2007 by using false documents to gain access to licensed premises or purchase alcohol, you will be required to hold your P2 licence for 30 months, that is, an additional six-month period.

Note: This is not required if the additional six-month period was served on the P1 licence.

Suspension periods while on your P2 licence
Any period that your licence is suspended is not counted towards tenure for your full licence. This means that if your licence is suspended, you must hold your P2 licence for an additional period that is equal to the suspension period.

Example:

If your licence is suspended for 3 months, the earliest you can progress to the full licence is after 27 months (24 months + 3 months = 27 months).

If you licence is suspended for 3 months and the Liquor Act offence applies, the earliest you can progress to the full licence is 33 months (30 months + 3 months = 33 months).

Court disqualification
If you are disqualified from driving by a court, the law operates to immediately and permanently cancel any licence held. In these circumstances, any tenure gained on your P2 licence is forfeited. This means that when the disqualification period has ended, you will be required to obtain a further P2 licence and you will need to complete the 24 months (or 30 months) tenure period again before you can progress to a full licence.

Driver Qualification Test (DQT)

Once you have completed the required tenure period on your P2 licence, you can attempt the Driver Qualification Test (DQT). If successful, you can proceed to a full licence.

Conditions for P2 drivers

P2 drivers are subject to the following conditions:

  • Display of P plates – P plates (green P on a white background) must be clearly displayed on the front and back of the vehicle, on the outside. The letter P on the plate must not be hidden. If towing a trailer, a P plate must be on the back of the trailer.
    • Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) – You cannot have any alcohol in your system when you drive a vehicle.
  • Licence class – Can only drive up to a Heavy Rigid (HR) licence class.
  • Seatbelts – You must ensure all occupants including yourself, are in a seat that has a seatbelt or an approved restraint fitted and that each passenger is using the seatbelt or restraint.
  • Speed limit – You must not drive faster than 100 km/h and must observe the speed limit where it is below 100 km/h.
  • Supervising a learner – You must not supervise a learner driver.
  • Passengers - P2 licence holders are subject to special conditions regarding the passengers you can carry. See P1 and P2 vehicle and passenger conditions for more information.
  • Prohibited vehicles - Certain vehicles must not be driven by P2 licence holders. See P1 and P2 vehicle and passenger conditions for more information.

Failure to comply with any of these conditions is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.

Demerit points and suspension/cancellation

A P2 licence is suspended or refused if you reach or exceed seven demerit points.

P2 licence holders caught speeding will receive a minimum of four demerit points. A suspension or refusal period also applies for any excessive speed offence (more than 30km/h above the speed limit).

Upgrading to a higher class of licence - LR, MR, HR

During the term of a P2 licence you are able to upgrade to a heavy vehicle licence of the classes LR, MR or HR. See Getting a heavy vehicle licence for more information.

To progress from a P2 to a full licence you must pass the Driver Qualification Test (DQT).