Learning to drive/ride (overview)

Find out what steps you need to take to get a licence to ride a moped (R-N class), motorcycle (R-E class) or drive a car (C class) vehicle in Western Australia.

  Six steps to getting your licence

The Graduated Driver Training and Licensing (GDT and L) system is designed to make sure you get a wide range of supervised driving or riding experience under different road and traffic conditions, over a longer period of time before driving solo.

The GDT and L system is designed to help you acquire the practical driving skills, good driving habits and the responsible and courteous attitudes that are essential to safety on our roads.

The GDT and L requires learner drivers to accumulate at least 50 hours of supervised driving prior to being granted a WA driver's licence.

The six steps of getting your first driver's licence are:

English - How to get a Western Australian driver's licence (video)

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  Minimum supervised driving hours

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Learner drivers must complete a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours to get their provisional licence.

The 50 hours comprises a minimum of 25 supervised driving hours before the Practical Driving Assessment and a further minimum of 25 supervised driving hours over at least six months after the Practical Driving Assessment.

The 50 supervised driving hours give learner drivers a greater opportunity to develop the skills required to become safe drivers.

Note:

  • The increased hours apply to learner drivers who were issued a learner's permit on or after 12 November 2012.
  • These changes will not affect current learner's permit holders.
  • Refer to the frequently asked questions below for more information or call 13 11 56.
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  Frequently Asked Questions: Learning to drive/ride

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LBU_DL_FAQ_Learner_Driver.pdf icon Learner drivers (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb
LBU_DL_FAQ_POI.pdf icon Proof of identity (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb
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  Current interstate and New Zealand learner's permit holders

If you hold a current interstate or New Zealand learner's permit and you are applying for a Western Australian (WA) learner's permit:

  • You are exempt from sitting the theory test for a C or R-E class vehicle learner's permit, provided your permit is valid for the class.
  • All other steps included in the six steps to getting your licence apply to you even if you have completed some steps in another state.
  • You must pay the following fees when applying for a WA learner's permit:
    • New application fee (and supplementary practical driving assessment entitlement fee if required); and
    • Learner Guide and Log Book fee.

The Department of Transport will recognise the supervised driving hours recorded in your log book provided:

  • It was issued and approved in another Australian licensing jurisdiction;
  • Only for the pre-Practical Driving Assessment hours; and only
  • Provided you have completed and recorded 25 hours of supervised driving.

You will need to present your original log book at the time of making an application for the grant of a WA driver's licence.

  Expired interstate and New Zealand learner's permit holders

If your learner's permit has expired, you must apply for a Western Australian (WA) learner's permit and complete all of the six steps to getting your licence including the theory test.

The Department of Transport will recognise the supervised driving hours recorded in your log book provided:

  • It was issued and approved in another Australian licensing jurisdiction;
  • Only for the pre-Practical Driving Assessment hours; and only
  • Provided you have completed and recorded 25 hours of supervised driving.

You will need to present your original log book at the time of making an application for the grant of a WA driver's licence.

If you hold an expired learner's permit from another Australian jurisdiction or New Zealand you must pay the following fees when applying for a WA learner's permit:

  • Theory test fee (and re-sit fee if applicable);
  • New application fee (and supplementary practical driving assessment entitlement fee if required); and
  • Learner Guide and Log Book fee.

  Driver licences and vehicle classes

You can apply for a learner's permit for any of the following vehicles without any prior experience, as long as you meet the minimum age requirements:

Vehicle type Class Minimum age to apply by class
Moped R-N You can apply for a learner's permit at 15 ½ years of age.
Motorcycle * R-E You can apply for a learner's permit at 16 years of age.
Car C You can apply for a learner's permit at 16 years of age.

* R-E, LAMS approved, motorcycle (under 660 cc and under 150 kW/t).

To view all vehicle classes available and their eligibility requirements please refer to driver licences and vehicle classes.

  Book a PDA with the DoT (first licence and upgrade)

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) with the Department of Transport (first licence and upgrade).

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (online)

PDA bookings may also be made:

You are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible as this will increase your chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.

Note:

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LBU_DL_B_PDAOnlineUserGuide.pdf icon Practical Driving Assessment: Online booking service user guide Kb

Who can book online?

Online PDA bookings are limited to tests in the following vehicle classes:

Who can't book online?

Online PDA bookings are not available for the following vehicle classes:

You cannot book online if your PDA is required as a result of:

  • A medical condition and the medical assessment process is incomplete.
  • An extraordinary licence application.
  • A conditional licence application.
  • Transferring an overseas licence and you have not obtained a learner's permit.

Or

  • The licence or learner's permit is subject to a sanction.

Please call 13 11 56 to book your PDA if any of these circumstances apply to you.

  Learner driver resources

There are a variety of resources available to help you during the six steps of obtaining your licence, including online quizzes and a simulator of the Hazard Perception Test, plus information about the Western Australian Learner's Permit Card.

Visit the learner tools and resources section of the website to make use of these.

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LBU_DL_FS_LearnerPermitCard.pdf icon Western Australian learner's permit card (Fact sheet) Kb

  Learner's permit photo card

The learner's permit card displays a photo of the learner driver, date of birth, class of licence and security features such as a watermark and unique serial number.

Learner driver applicants are issued with an interim paper-based permit before receiving a learner's permit card in the mail within 14 days.

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  Remote Areas Licensing program

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As part of an ongoing commitment to substantive equality, the Department of Transport has introduced a Remote Areas Licensing program to implement practical solutions to overcome, or minimise, the barriers faced by people living in remote areas when attempting to obtain and retain a driver's licence.

The Remote Areas Licensing service provides mobile service delivery to regional and remote locations in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Goldfields regions. This service includes:

Contact us

For more information about the Remote Areas Licensing program or upcoming visits, please contact us by email.

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Remote Areas Licensing program resources

There are a range of resources that can help you prepare and give you some helpful information regarding licensing, your vehicle and proof of identity.

It's a good idea to take a look at some of the below publications before you come see us when we visit so you know what to bring and what the process will be.

DVS_P_POI_RemoteLicensing.pdf icon Remote Licensing: Proof of identity - application requirements Kb
LBU_DL_FS_6Steps_English_remote.pdf icon Remote Licensing: The six steps to getting your driver's licence Kb
LBU_DL_FS_RegoNumberPlates_remote.pdf icon Remote Licensing: Your car rego and number plates Kb
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  Rules for novice drivers

There are a number of restrictions that novice drivers must comply with to assist them while they are developing the skills required to become safe drivers.

Ensure you read and understand all of the rules for novice drivers before starting to learn to drive.

  Keys2drive program

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Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program. The program provides access to a website incorporating information, education and interactive games as well as a free session for both the learner driver and their supervisor.

In many cases a parent who may not have had a refresher on road rules and driver training in many years.

Another key feature of the program is an accreditation scheme for participating driving instructors.

External Link Keys2drive program

  Keys for life (School Drug Education and Road Aware)

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School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) has developed a pre-driver program called Keys for Life, to assist school staff to deliver pre-driver training to Year 10-12 students. Participating students receive free resources and a discounted rate on their Learner's Permit.

A one day workshop is compulsory for teachers wishing to conduct the Keys for Life program. For more information go to SDERA's Keys for life website.

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Page last updated: Tue Nov 29 2016 12:43:24 PM