Learning to drive/ride (overview)
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:
- Step 1: Get a learner's permit
- Step 2: Learn to drive/ride
- Step 3: Complete the Hazard Perception Test
- Step 4: Continue to gain experience
- Step 5: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment
- Step 6: Get a provisional licence ('P' Plates)
This process can vary depending on your age and driving experience.
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).
If you hold an interstate, New Zealand or Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) 'C class' learner's permit and are applying for a Western Australian (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 Keys for Life Certificate through your school, youíre not required to sit the Computerised Theory Test (CTT).
Fees and charges
Learner driver fees
|Driver's licence application|
|New driver licence application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (original issue, not HC or MC class)||$99.30|
|Additional class application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (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 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|
There is no fee for renewing a learner's permit if the learner driver has sat the theory test (CTT) in the past five years. If not, the learner driver will need to sit and pass the learner's permit theory test.
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 hours must be completed at night (between sunset and sunrise). 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.
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).
Thereís information for your driver supervisor under Step 2: Learn to drive/ride Ė and programs including 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.