Pass the Practical Driving Assessment
Book a PDA (first licence and upgrade)
Book a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) with the Department of Transport (first licence and upgrade).Book a Practical Driving Assessment (online)
Learner driver fees
|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|
PDA bookings may also be made:
- Online via DotDirect
- In person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or agent, or
- By telephone on 13 11 56.
Cancellations and changes
- If your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) is cancelled less than two full working days from the date of your booking you will have to pay to book another PDA.
- If you are late for your appointment, fail to show up or your log book has not been completed correctly or signed, you will not be assessed and will have to rebook and pay for another PDA.
|Practical Driving Assessment: Online booking service user guide||Kb|
Who can book online?
Online PDA bookings are limited to tests in the following vehicle classes:
- Moped (R-N class)
- Car (C class)
- LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class)
- Motorcycle (R class)
- Light Rigid (LR class)
- Medium Rigid (MR class)
- Heavy Rigid (HR class)
- Senior licence renewals, persons aged 85 years or more, with only one class of licence held.
Who can't book online?
Online PDA bookings are not available for the following vehicle classes:
You cannot book online if your PDA is required as a result of:
- A medical condition and the medical assessment process is incomplete.
- An extraordinary licence application.
- A conditional licence application.
- The licence or learner's permit is subject to a sanction.
Please call 13 11 56 to book your PDA if any of these circumstances apply to you.
Task 1: Prepare for your Practical Driving Assessment
In addition to completing the minimum supervised driving hours, you should refer to the How to pass your driving assessment booklet and Drive Safe handbook to prepare for your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
The Ride Safe handbook is a useful resource if applying for a moped (R-N class) or LAMS approved motorcycle class.
If you fail your PDA you will need to pay for your next PDA and wait a minimum seven days before you rebook to sit another assessment.
|How to pass your driving assessment (Booklet)||Kb|
Task 2: Sitting your Practical Driving Assessment
Note: Due to the inherent dangers Alpha Inflator airbags pose, a vehicle fitted with a Takata Alpha Inflator airbag, or subject to a critical recall, is not able to be used for a practical driving assessment (PDA). Please see our Vehicle safety, standards and security page for more information about Takata airbags.
To sit your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) you must:
- Be a minimum of 17 years of age.
- Have completed a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours, including at least five hours at night (between sunset and sunrise) if under 25.*
- Present your Log Book - ensuring your declaration of completion has been signed by you and your supervising driver. You must bring your entire Learner Guide and Log Book with you. **
- Provide a roadworthy vehicle of the correct class for your assessment. (Refer to the vehicle requirements for practical assessments fact sheet below).
- Present your learner's permit.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
- Ensure the vehicle you are taking the assessment in has a centrally mounted hand brake accessible to the driving assessor.
- Present your primary and secondary identification.
* Not applicable to moped R-N class licences.
** If all of your hours have been completed in the Learn&Log app, you do not need to present your Learner Guide and Log Book.
If your log book does not have a declaration of supervised night time driving included in it, you will also need to present a completed Declaration of Supervised Night Time Driving (E49) form.
You are entitled to one PDA as included in your licence application fee, but if you fail the assessment or do not give more than two full working days' notice to cancel or change the booking, you will need to pay for another PDA.
Driving assessors are subject to regular auditing and training. An auditor, trainer or trainee may sit in the rear of the vehicle observing and recording the assessor's role in the process.
Learner L plates must be removed for your scheduled assessment.
The Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) will determine whether you are ready for your Provisional licence.
It considers the quality of your driving rather than the way you perform individual skills. You will be assessed on:
|Assessment item||What does this mean?|
|Flow||How well you combine driving skills together.|
|Look behind||Whether you keep an eye on what's happening behind you by using your rear view mirrors and checking blind spots.|
|Movement||Whether you move smoothly when you drive the car forwards or backwards.|
|Path||Whether you pick the best track and stay on track.|
|Responsiveness||Whether you are aware of the hazards around you and respond to them appropriately.|
|Signal||Whether you let other road users know what you intend to do.|
|Vehicle management||Whether you do things like keep an eye on your vehicle's instruments while you are driving, use the steering wheel correctly and use the clutch and gearbox effectively.|
Moped (R-N class) and LAMS (R-E class) riders
The Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) will determine your general riding ability, in addition to the above assessment items.
This may include testing your ability to:
- Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure 'O' without putting a foot on the ground.
- Correctly park and start on a hill.
- Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.
What to wear:
- You must wear appropriate attire that consists of enclosed footwear, approved helmet, long trousers and long-sleeved shirt or fully-sleeved jacket.
- Gloves and eye protection are also highly recommended.