Learn to drive/ride

Learner drivers must not:

  • Exceed the posted speed limit, and you cannot exceed 100 km/h; or
  • Have a blood alcohol concentration exceeding 0.00% (novice drivers only); or
  • Drive in areas where learners are not permitted, such as Kings Park.

Step 2 of 6

Once you have your learner's permit you must always be accompanied by a supervising driver, and abide by the rules for novice drivers.
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Once you have your learner's permit you must always be accompanied by a supervising driver, and abide by the rules for novice drivers.
Once you have your learner's permit you must always be accompanied by a supervising driver, and abide by the rules for novice drivers.

  Task 1: Choose your supervising driver(s)

Supervising drivers will help you safely gain extensive on-road driving practice.

A supervising driver(s) must:

  • Hold an instructor licence issued under the Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963;
  • Be an instructor in a youth driver education course conducted or supervised by a body authorised by the Department of Transport for that purpose; or
  • Be 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 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.

Supervising drivers are subject to blood alcohol content levels and a prohibition on illicit drugs in their system – the same requirements that would apply if they were driving the vehicle.

Professional driving instructor

Starting off with a professional driving instructor can help you learn basic car control skills and develop the right driving habits.
When choosing an instructor, it’s important:

  • to verify the professional driving Instructor has been issued with a current driving instructor’s licence by the Department of Transport.
  • if you are using the professional driving instructor's vehicle it must be appropriately licensed and have dual controls.

Someone you know

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

If you ask someone you know to teach you to drive, refer them to the teaching someone to drive resources.

Government program Keys2drive provides parents or supervisors of learner drivers with a free driving lesson with an accredited instructor as a refresher on the road rules, with supporting online information and interactive games to assist them.

  Task 2: Learn to drive and log your hours

Safe driving is more difficult than it seems – it takes years of practice, and recording 50 hours is just the start.

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

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).

Those over 25, or applying for a Moped R-N class only, are exempt from the 50 hours but must complete all other steps to get a WA driver’s licence. 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 an approved Log Book (including five hours of night time driving) or the Learn&Log app before you attend your PDA.

Logging your hours

You would’ve been issued a Learner Guide and Log Book, and have been given information on how to download the Learn&Log app so you can start recording your driving experience.

You will need to record the minimum 50 hours of supervised driving using any of the following:

  • the Learner Guide and Log Book;
  • the Learn&Log app;
  • an approved interstate learner log book*; or
  • a combination of both methods. 

* see below for more information.  

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 9 October 2017.

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

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

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.

Multiple classes

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.

If you are using the Learn&Log app, you can record hours for multiple licence classes. You must be issued with a learner’s permit for class C and R-E before logging in to the app for the first time. If you obtain an additional class after you have logged in to the app, you will need to use your printed log book to record hours for the secondary class.

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

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