Pass the Practical Driving Assessment

Once you have completed a minimum 25 hours of supervised driving experience, and have developed the ability to control your vehicle safely, you can take the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

Step 3 of 6

Step 6

Once you have completed a minimum 25 hours of supervised driving experience, you can take the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
   

Step 3

Pass the Practical Driving Assessment

  Minimum supervised driving hours

Overhead road signs on a freeway

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.
LBU_P_DL_QandA_increase_hours.pdf icon Kb

  Task 1: Sit your Practical Driving Assessment

To sit your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) you must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years and six months of age. (16 years of age for a moped R-N class)
  • Have completed a minimum of 25 supervised driving hours. *
  • Submit your Pre PDA Log Book - ensuring that your declaration of completion has been signed by you and your supervising driver. *
  • Provide a roadworthy vehicle of the correct class for your assessment.
  • Present your learner's permit.
  • Present your primary and secondary identification.

* Not applicable to moped R-N class licences.

LBU_DL_FS_LightVehicleSuitabilityGuide.pdf icon Kb
LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Kb
LBU_DL_FS_LR_AssessmentVehiclesRequirements.pdf icon Kb
LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Kb

  Task 2: Prepare for your Practical Driving Assessment

In addition to completing the minimum supervised driving hours, you should refer to the How to pass your driving assessment booklet and Drive Safe handbook to assist you in preparing for your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

The Ride Safe handbook is a useful resource if applying for a moped (R-N class) or LAMS approved motorcycle class.

You should only book your PDA when you are confident in your ability to pass the assessment items. If you fail your PDA you will need to pay for your next PDA and wait a minimum seven days to sit another assessment.

English - Take your driving test (video)

Note: Please view the page in landscape mode

LBU_DL_B_PDA.pdf icon Kb

  Task 3: What are the assessment items?

The Practical Driving Assessment will determine whether you are ready to move onto the next step.

It considers the quality of your driving rather than the way you perform individual skills. You will be assessed on the items listed below.

Assessment items

Assessment item What does this mean?
Flow How well you combine driving skills together.
Movement Whether you move smoothly when you drive the car forwards or backwards.
Path Whether you pick the best track and stay on track.
Responsiveness Whether you are aware of the hazards around you and respond to them appropriately.
Look behind Whether you keep an eye on what's happening behind you by using your rear view mirrors and checking blind spots.
Signal Whether you let other road users know what you intend to do.
Vehicle management Whether you do thing like keep an eye on your vehicle's instruments while you are driving, use the steering wheel correctly and use the clutch and gearbox effectively.

Moped (R-N class) and LAMS (R-E class) riders

The Practical Driving Assessment will determine your general riding ability, in addition to the above assessment items.

This may include testing your ability to:

  • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure 'O' without putting a foot on the ground.
  • Correctly park and start on a hill.
  • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.

What to wear:

  • You must wear appropriate attire that consists of enclosed footwear, approved helmet, long trousers and long-sleeved shirt or fully-sleeved jacket.
  • Gloves and eye protection are also highly recommended.

  Task 4: What to do on the day: Practical Driving Assessment

To ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of your PDA, you should:

  • Provide a roadworthy vehicle of the correct class for your assessment. (see Vehicle requirements for practical assessments Fact sheet below).
  • Ensure that the vehicle you are taking the assessment in has a centrally mounted hand brake accessible to the driving assessor.
  • Present your learner's permit.
  • Submit your Pre PDA Log Book, ensuring that your declaration of completion has been signed by you and your supervising driver.
  • Bring your entire Learner Guide and Log Book with you.
  • Present your primary and secondary identification.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

You are entitled to one free PDA as part of your licence application fee, however if you fail the assessment or do not give more than two working days notice to cancel or change the booking you will need to pay for another PDA.

Note:

Driving assessors are subject to regular auditing and training. An auditor, trainer or trainee may sit in the rear of the vehicle observing and recording the assessor's role in the process.

LBU_DL_FS_LightVehicleSuitabilityGuide.pdf icon Kb
LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Kb
LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Kb
LBU_DL_FS_LR_AssessmentVehiclesRequirements.pdf icon Kb

  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:

LBU_DL__FAQ_PDABookOnline.pdf icon Kb
LBU_DL_B_PDAOnlineUserGuide.pdf icon Kb

Who can book online?

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

Note:

The regional centres of Gingin, Northam, Wongan Hills, Dowerin Shire and Goomalling Shire are currently not available online. Please contact the site directly to make a booking.

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.

  Remote Areas Licensing program

Remote Licensing logo

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.

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
Email

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 Kb
LBU_DL_FS_6Steps_English_remote.pdf icon Kb
LBU_DL_FS_RegoNumberPlates_remote.pdf icon Kb
Opens in a new window Equal Opportunity Commission: Substantive equality
Opens in a new window Road Safety Commission: Indigenous Road Safety

  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.

LBU_P_Fees_201516_CompleteC.pdf icon Kb

  What's next?

Once you have passed your PDA, you will progress to step four of getting your licence and will need to record a minimum of 25 hours of supervised driving in your Post PDA Log Book.

 

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