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.
   

  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) or LAMS motorcycle (R-E class) learner's permit.
  • Be a minimum of 15 ˝ years of age for a moped (R-N class) learner'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 the theory test fee, the application fee and the Learner Guide and Log Book fee. You can then download the Learn&Log app from the App Store or Google Play.
    NOTE: You must have a DoTDirect account to log in to the app.

Learner driver fees

There is no fee for renewing a learner's permit if the learner driver has sat the theory test in the past 5 years. If not, the learner driver will need to sit and pass the learner's permit theory test. (Fee listed below)
Fee type Fee
Learner's permit Computerised Theory Test (CTT)
Sit the learner's permit theory test (CTT) $19.25
Subsequent learner's permit theory resits (CTT) $13.95
Learner's Guide and Log Book (includes access to the Learn&Log app) $7.35
Learner's permit document replacement $30.00
Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
Sit the initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $22.20
Every subsequent Hazard Perception Test (HPT) resit $15.40
Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)
Application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $89.15
Every subsequent Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) resit $81.40
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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 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 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 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.

  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 learner's permit will be endorsed with a condition to show that you must wear visual aids when driving.

  Task 4: Medical test: Learner's permits

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's permit you will be issued with a Learner Guide and Log Book. This contains information to assist you in developing safe driving skills. A fee is charged for the Learner Guide and Log Book and once you have received a copy you can download the Learn&Log app to record your supervised driving hours. You can use the printed log book, the Learn&Log app or a combination of both to record your hours.

If you choose to use the printed log book to record your hours please ensure that you keep it in a safe place at all times.

NOTE: You must have a DoTDirect account to log in to the Learn&Log app.

Visit the Digital learner log book page for more information.

  What's next?

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

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Page last updated: Wed Apr 24 2019 12:25:12 PM