Licence tests

To progress through the NSW licensing scheme and get a full licence, you need to pass theory and practical tests.

Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017

Changes are coming 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. Read more about these changes. about Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017

Tests for car licences

NSW has a graduated licensing scheme. To get a full driver licence under this scheme, you need to complete all stages:

To get a… You need to pass the…
Learner licence Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) – computer-based
Provisional P1 licence Driving Test – practical
Provisional P2 licence Hazard Perception Test (HPT) – computer-based
Full licence Driver Qualification Test (DQT) – computer-based

Preparing for your tests

Before taking the tests, you should study the relevant guide or handbook, and test yourself with the online practice tests and modules (for computer-based tests only):

Handbooks can be downloaded from this site, or you can buy a hard copy from any registry or service centre.

Motorcycle licence tests

If you’re interested in applying for a motorcycle rider licence, please see the Rider licence section.

Heavy vehicle licence tests

If you’re interested in applying to upgrade your existing driver or rider licence to a heavy vehicle licence, please see Heavy vehicle licences.

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