Learner licence

To get your driver learner licence, you need to be 16 years of age or older. You will need to attend a Service NSW centre to prove your identity and pass a Driver Knowledge Test (DKT).

Latest news

Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017

Changes are coming for L, P1 and P2 drivers - find out how this will affect you.

New digital learner log book apps

Learners can now use one of three new apps to record, display and submit log book hours.

Getting your learner licence

To get your learner licence you must:

Once you pay the required fees and pass the DKT, your photo will be taken. Depending on which location you attend, your licence card will either be handed over the counter or posted to you. If it’s posted, you’ll receive a temporary paper licence, which you can use to learn to drive, until your licence card arrives.

Your learner licence is valid for 5 years. If you haven't moved up to a P1 licence at the end of the 5 years, you can renew it, but you'll need to pass the DKT again. See Renew or replace your driver licence for more information.

When you are issued with your learner licence, you will also receive a Learner Driver Log Book.

What you need to know

  • Learner drivers must obey special rules, which are designed to keep you safe while you're building your driving skills and experience
  • You need to log at least 120 hours driving experience, including 20 hours of night driving, in your learner driver log book
  • You can choose to take a Safer Drivers Course to improve your skills (and get a bonus 20 hours in your log book!)
  • Structured lessons with a licensed NSW driving instructor will also give you a bonus of 3-for-1 log book hours.

Progressing to a P1

Once you have held your learner licence for at least 12 months and completed at least 120 hours of driving practice, including 20 hours of night driving (unless you’re exempt from this requirement), you can progress to the next licence stage, and apply for a provisional P1 licence.

Restricted P1 licence pilot

If you’re under 25 and live in a remote area, you may be eligible to apply for your P1 licence after logging only 50 hours of driving practice. See Restricted P1 licence pilot for information.

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