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):
- Road Users’ Handbook and online practice DKT
- A Guide to the Driving Test
- Hazard Perception Handbook and online practice HPT modules
- Driver Qualification Handbook and online practice DQT modules
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.