Get a learner's permit

To start learning to drive you have to get a learner's permit by passing the theory test. Your learner's permit is valid for three years.

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To start learning to drive you have to get a learner's permit by passing the theory test. Your learner's permit is valid for three years.
   

  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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  Task 1: Apply for your learner's permit and make payment

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age for a car (C class) learner's permit.
  • Be a minimum of 15 Ż years of age for a moped (R-N class)álearner's permit.
  • Submit a completed driver's licence application (Form DLA1).
  • Bring your required proof of identification documents. Please refer to 'Proof of Identity requirements (Fact sheet)'.
  • Pay for the theory test, the application fee and the learner guide and log book.
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  Task 2: Sit a theory test

Theory test

You will need to sit a theory test at a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre or regional agent. Theory tests must commence before pm.

A fee is charged each time you attempt the theory test.

If you fail, you cannot attempt the test again on the same day. You will need to attend on another day. You must produce all the required documents again when you return and pay an additional fee.

Please refer to tools and resources for sample quizzes and other useful activities.

Oral theory test

You may be eligible to complete the theory test orally.

To be eligible to complete an oral theory test you must have:

  • A very limited understanding of the English language.
  • A difficulty reading English.

Staff at the DVS or regional agent that conducted your computerised theory test can give you more information about booking an oral theory test.

You will still need to speak and understand English well enough to understand the testing officer and answer the questions. You will be asked 30 questions and you need to get at least 24 right to pass the test.

Car licence

The theory test for a car (C class) is a computerised test consisting of 30 multiple choice questions on road rules and safe driving practices. To pass the test you must score a minimum of 24 correct answers.

To prepare for the theory test for a car (C class) licence you should study the Drive Safe handbook and practice the online sample quizzes.

Moped/Motorcycle licence

The theory test for moped (R-N class) or for (LAMS) approved motorcycles (R-E class) is a computerised test consisting of 35 multiple choice questions on road rules and safe driving practices relating to motorcycles. To pass the test you must score a minimum of 28 correct answers.

To prepare for the theory test for a moped or LAMS (R-N or R-E class) you should study the Ride Safe handbook and practice the online sample quizzes for motorcycles.

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  Task 3: Eyesight test: Learner's permits

Your eyesight test will be conducted at the same time and location as paying the application fee for your learner's permit.

If you need any visual aids to pass the eyesight test, your licence will be endorsed with a condition to show that you must wear those visual aids when driving.

  Task 4: Medical test: Learner's permits

When applying for your licence you must declare on the application form whether you have any medical conditions and/or take any medication. You will be advised if you need to have a medical assessment before you are granted your learner's permit.

For more information refer to driving with and reporting a medical condition.

  Task 5: Learner guide and log book

When you get your learner'sápermit you will be issued with a learner guide and log book. This publication contains information to assist you in developing safe driving skills.á It also has the pre and post Practical Driving Assessment log books you need to record your supervised driving experience in.

It is an important part of you getting your licence and should be kept in a safe place at all times.

A fee is charged for the learner guide and log book.

  Task 6: Display your 'L' plates

While learning: You must display 'L' plates in a visible position at the front and back of your vehicle or motorcycle at all times.

Learner drive plate

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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.

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  Driver licence fees and payments (2015/2016)

Notes:

* Denotes fee includes Goods and Services Tax (GST).

If you have a medical condition or occupational endorsement on your driver's licence which requires the Department of Transport to set a driver's licence renewal period other than the standard 1 to 5 years, then the fees you are required to pay may differ from the ones stated below.

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Medium Rigid (MR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. When this option is used, the class restriction removal fee is applied.

Driver licence renewal fees

Fee type Fee
New application fee (original issue, not HC or MC class) $74.10
Licence fee - 1 year $41.80
Licence fee - 5 years $132.00
Licence fee - 1 year forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 2 years forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 3 years forced by condition $79.20
Licence fee - 4 years forced by condition $105.60
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior $13.20
Licence fee - 5 years Pensioner or Senior $66.00
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $13.20
Licence fee - 2 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 3 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $39.60
Licence fee - 4 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 1 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^
Licence fee - 5 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Duplicate/replacement driver licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence $36.00
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Pensioners and Seniors) $18.00
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Aged Pensioners) No Fee

Duplicate tax invoice

Fee type Fee
Duplicate tax invoice (including 10% Goods and Services Tax) $9.00

Certified copy of excessive demerit points notice fee

Fee type Fee
Certified copy of notice $21.30

Transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees

Fee type Fee
Transfer application (overseas or expired interstate) $39.80
Additional class application (not MC or HC) $74.10
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $70.80

Removal of class restriction fees

Fee type Fee
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $70.80

Extraordinary driver's licence fees

Fee type Fee
Original extraordinary licence application - 1 year $185.00
Original extraordinary licence application - 6 months $92.50
Extraordinary licence renewal - 1 year $37.60
Extraordinary licence renewal - 6 months $18.80
Extraordinary licence replacement $36.00

Learner driver fees

Fee type Fee
Sit the learner's permit theory test $18.90
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $12.60
Application fee including one practical driving assessment (PDA) $74.10
Every subsequent PDA resit $70.80
Learner guide and log book $18.80
Initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $20.40
Every subsequent HPT resit $13.60
Learner permit replacement $35.30

HC and MC heavy vehicle class fees

Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers:
MC class application $39.80
MC class restriction removal $161.70
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department/Police:
HC class application $169.70
HC class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $39.80
HC supplementary Practical Driving Assessment $161.70
HC class restriction removal $161.70
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers:
HR/HC class application $39.80
HR/HC class $161.70

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $110.50
T (taxi) extension application $107.80

Driving instructors fees

Fee type Fee
Application fee $90.80
Licence fee $5.20
Duplicate licence fee $7.60
Testing fee $157.90

WA photo card fees

Fee type Fee
WA photo card application $41.50
Replacement WA photo card $36.00
Additional WA photo card $36.00

The WA photo card replaced the proof of age card.

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  How to renew your learner's permit

Learner's permits are valid for three years.

If your permit expires, it cannot be extended. A new learner's permit will have to be granted.

When your learner's permit has expired, you can apply for a new learner's permit by following the tasks outlined above.

You won't be required to re-sit the theory test, providing you completed one within five years of the issue date of your original learner's permit.

The grant of a learner's permit is covered by the fee you paid for your application for a driver's licence, or for the variation of your existing driver's licence (such as an application for an additional class).

A fee will be charged where an expired learner's permit is replaced by a new permit and you sat the applicable theory test more than 5 years before the date that the new permit is granted. In these situations you must pay the initial theory test fee.

Renewing the Learner's permit will not entitle you to an additional Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) if you have previously sat for a PDA. You will need to pay an additional PDA fee for the required class before you will be able to book for another PDA.

  What's next?

Once you have passed your learner'sápermit you can progress to step two of getting your licence and start learning to drive/ride.

  Replace a lost learner guide and log book

You must attend a Driver and Vehicle Service (DVS) Centre or Department of Transport agent if your Learner Guide and Log Book has been lost or destroyed.

  • You must present one form of primary and one form of secondary identification (one piece of identification must contain the learner driver's signature).
  • You will also be required to pay the prescribed replacement log book fee.

If you have lost your Learner Guide and Log Book after you have completed your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) the Department will be able to verify the completion of your pre-PDA supervised driving hours. In this case, we will issue a replacement log book. The new log book number will be recorded on your learner's permit record.

Any supervised driving after you have taken your PDA cannot be verified by the Department. All post-PDA supervised driving hours will need to be completed again.

A fee is charged for a replacement of the Learner Guide and Log Book where it has been lost or destroyed.

A Learner driver's log book: New and replacement (Form DL60) must be completed.

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Page last updated: Tue May 24 2016 7:12:43 AM