Learning to drive/ride (overview)

To ensure you're a safe and confident driver once you drive solo, the Department of Transport uses a Graduated Driver Training and Licensing (GDTL) process.

  Six steps to getting your licence

GDTL has a number of steps including supervised driving or riding on different roads, in different traffic conditions, and over a long period of time to build your experience:

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

This process can vary depending on your age and driving experience.

  Age requirements

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

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

  Previous experience

If you hold an interstate, New Zealand or Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) 'C class' learner's permit and are applying for a WA learner's permit, you may apply for the recognition of competencies previously completed. You need to do this when you first apply.

If youíve completed the Keys4Life pre-driver program through your school, youíre not required to sit the Computerised Theory Test (CTT).

There is no fee for renewing a learner's permit if you have passed the CTT in the past five years. If not, you will need to pass the CTT again.

  Fees and charges

Learner driver fees

Fee type Fee
Driver's licence application
New driver licence application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) (original issue, not HC or MC class) $99.30
Additional class application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) (not HC or MC class) $99.30
Class restriction removal (does not include HC and MC class) $87.90
Learner's permit Computerised Theory Test (CTT)
Sit the learner's permit Computerised Theory Test (CTT) $19.60
Subsequent learner's permit Computerised Theory Test (CTT) resits $14.65
Learner Guide and Log Book (includes access to the Learn&Log app) $9.45
Learner's permit card replacement $27.50
Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
Sit the initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $23.60
Every subsequent Hazard Perception Test (HPT) resit $16.75
Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)
Every subsequent Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) resit $87.90

  Minimum supervised hours

All learner drivers under the age of 25 must complete a minimum 50 supervised driving hours to be eligible for a WA driver's licence. Five of those hours must be completed at night (between sunset and sunrise).

The 50 hours can be completed at any time either before or after the Hazard Perception Test (HPT), but must be completed before you sit the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

If you are only applying for a C class and you are over the age of 25, you:

  • are exempt from the requirement to complete the minimum 50 supervised hours, but
  • must complete all of the other steps to get a WA driverís licence.

If you are only applying for a Moped R-N class, you:

  • are exempt from the requirement to complete the minimum 50 supervised hours, but
  • must complete all of the other steps to get a WA driverís licence.

Thereís information for your supervising driver under Step 2: Learn to drive/ride. Programs such as Keys2drive can assist.

  Rules for novice drivers

Youíre considered a novice driver until youíve held a driverís licence for at least two years (or periods adding up to two years).

There are restrictions as a novice driver, so ensure you read and understand the rules before driving. Demerit points apply to learners and P plate drivers, and there are different limits depending on how long youíve been driving.

  Resources and FAQs

The Department of Transport has a range of resources to help you. 

Ensure you understand the content in the Drive Safe handbook before applying for your C class learnerís permit, as youíll need that knowledge to pass the Computerised Theory Test (CTT).

The Ride Safe handbook is provided for you if you wish to apply for an R-N or R-E learnerís permit.

Regularly downloaded documents are here for your reference. 

DVS_DL_B_DriveSafeFull_j.pdf icon Drive Safe handbook Kb
LBU_DL_B_RideSafe_e.pdf icon Ride Safe handbook Kb
DVS_P_DL_Remote6StepsGetting.pdf icon Six steps to getting your licence for remote communities (Fact sheet) Kb
DVS_P_DL_6StepsGetting.pdf icon Six steps to getting your licence (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_DL_FAQ_POI.pdf icon Proof of identity (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb
LBU_DL_FAQ_YourDetailsPhoto.pdf icon Your personal details and photograph (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb
DVS_F_DL_RecogLearnerCompAuNZIOT_E60.pdf icon Recognition of Learner Driver Competencies Australia/New Zealand/IOT (Form E60) Kb
DVS_F_DL_E49_DecSupervisedNightDriving.pdf icon Declaration of supervised night time driving (Form E49) Kb
LBU_DL_B_PDAOnlineUserGuide.pdf icon Practical Driving Assessment: Online booking service user guide Kb
LBU_DL_B_Get_Motorcycle_Licence.pdf icon Getting your motorcycle licence (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_DL_FS_LearnerPermitCard.pdf icon Western Australian learner's permit card (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_DL_I_Lplatelearner.pdf icon L plates: yellow (printable) Kb

 

Page last updated: Mon Sep 16 2019 11:34:54 AM