This is the first stage in the Graduated Licensing Scheme and is the test you must pass to get your learner licence. You must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to take the test.
For more information about the graduated licensing scheme read the brochure - A Guide for New Drivers. You can download a brochure or pick one up from any registry.
What is the DKT?
The DKT is a computer-based road rules knowledge test. You have to answer 45 questions.
The computer selects the questions at random from a question bank of more than 600. You will first be asked 15 general knowledge questions and you need to get at least 12 correct. You will then be asked 30 road safety questions (including traffic signs) and you need to get at least 29 correct. See Test Structure for more information.
Studying for the DKT
Everything you need to know to pass the DKT is included in the Road Users’ Handbook (RUH), which you can read and/or download online, or buy from any registry. You can also read and download the question bank, which includes all the questions that you could be asked in the DKT.
There are no short cuts to passing the test. If you don’t study the RUH, chances are that you will not pass.
Once you’ve studied for the test you can use the online practice DKT to check that you're ready to take the test. You can also use it to check your progress when studying. See Practice Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) for more information.
When you are confident that you fully understand and know the information contained in the RUH you should book in for your DKT.
DKT iPhone app
The Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) iPhone app is now available to download.
The app can be downloaded from the App Store available on your iPhone or by logging onto iTunes through your PC.
Search 'DKT' in the App Store on your iPhone or in iTunes on your PC. Select ‘Install’ and the icon will be installed on the menu screen of your iPhone the app can be downloaded from the App Store available on your iPhone or by logging onto iTunes through your PC.
The ‘app’ is identical to the DKT located on Roads and Maritime Services website; however, with the added benefit of the convenience of the test being on your phone, it is an essential app for anyone without their learner's licence and who owns an iPhone.
Booking your DKT
To book your DKT go to myTests, call 13 22 13 or visit any registry. The test and Road Users’ Handbook is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. The Road Users' Handbook (but not the test) is also available in Japanese.
Applicants with special needs or learning difficulties
If your first language is English, but you have difficulty understanding the questions, registry staff can read and explain the test questions to you.
A free interpreter service is also provided to applicants who are unable to undertake the test in English or one of the above community languages.
Applicants with special needs (or their representatives) should discuss any issues related to their needs or disabilities with the registry manager before booking the test. Arrangements can be made by calling 13 22 13.
For information on fees related to this test use the related link.
Motorcycle and heavy vehicle
There is a separate knowledge test for each licence class. This includes rider and heavy vehicle licences. See the Motorcycle or Heavy vehicles section in Getting a licence for more information.
The legal alcohol limit in NSW for all learner and provisional (P1 and P2) licence holders is zero.