Learn to drive/ride

Once you have your learner's permit you can begin learning the skills you need to become a safe driver.

In this step, you need to find supervising drivers who can assist you in gaining your initial minimum of 50 supervised driving hours, including at least five hours of supervised night time driving (between sunset and sunrise).

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Step 6

Once you have your learner's permit you can begin learning the skills you need to become a safe driver.
   

  To learn to drive you must do the following

Once you have your learner's permit

You must not:

  • Exceed the posted speed limit, and you cannot exceed 100 km/h; or
  • Have a blood alcohol concentration that exceeds 0.00% (novice drivers only); or
  • Drive within the boundaries of Kings Park.
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  Task 1: Choose your supervising driver(s)

In this step, you need to find supervising drivers who can assist you in safely gaining extensive on-road driving practice. When you are learning to drive, you must have a supervising driver sitting next to you.

A supervising driver(s) must be a:

  • Person who holds an instructor licence issued under the Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963; or
  • Person who is an instructor in a youth driver education course conducted or supervised by a body authorised by the Department of Transport for that purpose; or
  • Person who is authorised to perform any driving of a kind for which the driving instruction is to be given* and has had that authorisation for a period of, or periods adding up to:
    • At least two years, in the case of driving of a moped; or
    • At least four years in any other case.

* This means that a person who is authorised to drive a 'C' class vehicle with an 'A' condition (automatic vehicle) cannot supervise a learner driver in a manual vehicle.

Someone you know

Your supervising driver can be a parent, relative or friend, as long as they meet the requirements specified above.

If you do ask someone you know to teach you how to drive, it is recommended that you refer them to the teaching someone to drive resource.

Note: Supervising drivers are subject to blood alcohol content levels and a prohibition on illicit drugs in their system when supervising a learner driver. These are the same requirements that would apply to the supervisor if they were driving the vehicle.

Professional driving instructor

Starting off with a professional driving instructor can be a good idea to teach you the basic car control skills and make sure you develop the right driving habits.

  • It is important to verify that the professional driving Instructor has been issued with a current driving instructors licence by the Department of Transport.
  • If you are paying for professional driving instruction then your instructor must hold a driving instructor's licence.
  • If you are using the professional driving instructor's vehicle it must be appropriately licensed and have dual controls.

Once you have learnt how to control a car, you can then gain experience with other responsible licensed drivers.

To find a comprehensive list of driving schools and their contact details in your area, refer to Yellow Pages and search for driving instructors.

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  Task 2: Learn to drive

Safe driving is more difficult than it seems. There's much more to driving than knowing the road rules and controlling a vehicle. It takes years of practice to become a really safe driver- recording 50 hours is just the first step.

It is strongly recommended that you get as much supervised driving in as many different road, weather and traffic conditions as you can. This will better prepare you for when you can drive on your own and reduce the chance of you being involved in a serious road crash.

To progress to the next step of getting your licence, you must:

  • Have at least six months driving experience and
  • Be a minimum age of 16 years and six months old.

As a learner driver you are required to accumulate at least 50 hours of supervised driving prior to being granted a WA driver's licence. Five hours must be completed at night (between sunset and sunrise).

You can accrue these hours before or after you have passed the Hazard Perception Test (HPT), but you must have recorded a minimum 50 hours of supervised driving in your Learner Guide and Log Book (including five hours of night time driving) before you attend for your PDA.

Applicants for 'C class' only, aged 25 years and older, are exempt from the requirement to complete a Log Book but must complete all other steps of the Graduated Driver Training and Licensing (GDTL) process.

Where you hold multiple classes of learner's permits:

  • If you are aged under 25 years, you will need to record a minimum of 50 hours supervised driving in the class of vehicle in which your first PDA will be undertaken.
  • If you are aged 25 years or older you are exempt from the Log Book requirements for a car (C class) driver's licence, however where a motorcycle (R-E Class) will be the first class of PDA undertaken, you will need to record a minimum of 50 hours supervised driving on a LAMS approved motorcycle.

A 'Learner Guide and Log Book - Supervised driving record for secondary learner's permit class held' can be issued to applicants free of charge, to enable you to record your supervised driving hours for the second class of learner's permit held.

The only time you need to present your Log Book is when you attend for your PDA.

Supervised Driving Hours completed in another Australian jurisdiction or New Zealand

Supervised driving hours completed in another Australian jurisdiction or New Zealand and recorded in an approved Log Book, can be used towards the minimum 50 hours (including five night time hours) of supervised driving required. Only the hours recorded in an approved Log Book up until the date of making an application for a WA driver's licence will be recognised.

Hours recorded or recognised may include those recorded in an approved electronic Log Book.

To have Log Book hours recognised you will need to present the approved Log Book along with a completed 'Recognition of Learner Driver Competencies Australia/New Zealand/IOT' (Form E60)

The table below lists those jurisdictions within Australia that have supervised driving that can be recognised. It also provides the number of supervised driving hours required by each Australian jurisdiction.

Number of supervised driving hours required by jurisdiction

As of 1 November 2017.

  New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria
Night time 20 10 15 NA 20
Total hours 120 100 75 50 120

Note: The ACT and NT do not require learner drivers to record supervised driving hours; applicants from these two jurisdictions must undertake and record a minimum of 50 hours supervised driving.

Currently, learner drivers from Queensland and South Australia have the option of recording supervised driving hours in an electronic Log Book. Those hours may now be recognised.

DVS_F_DL_RecogLearnerCompAuNZIOT_E60.pdf icon Recognition of Learner Driver Competencies Australia/New Zealand/IOT (Form E60) Kb

  What's next?

Once a minimum of six calendar months has lapsed since you were issued with your Learner's permit and you have reached the minimum age of 16 years and six months, you can sit the Hazard Perception Test.

  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.

Supervised driving recorded in your lost or destroyed book cannot be verified by the Department. All supervised driving hours will need to be completed again.

If you have lost your Learner Guide and Log Book, please complete the following form: Application for replacement/certified copy of Driver's Licence, Learner's Permit or Learner Guide and Log Book (Form DL26).

LBU_F_DL_DL26_DuplicateLicence.pdf icon Application for replacement certified copy of driver's licence, learner's permit or learner guide and log book (Form DL26) Kb
DVS_F_DL_RecogLearnerCompAuNZIOT_E60.pdf icon Recognition of Learner Driver Competencies Australia/New Zealand/IOT (Form E60) Kb

 

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