Pass the Practical Driving Assessment

Once you have completed and recorded a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours in your Learner Guide and Log Book and you are at least 17 years of age, you can sit the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

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Once you have completed and recorded a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours in your Learner Guide and Log Book and you are at least 17 years of age, you can sit the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
   

  Book a PDA with the DoT (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

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 theory test
Sit the learner's permit theory test $18.80
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $13.10
Learner's guide and log book $18.70
Learner's permit replacement $35.10
Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
Sit the initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $21.20
Every subsequent Hazard Perception Test (HPT) resit $14.10
Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)
Application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $77.20
Every subsequent Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) resit $73.70

PDA bookings may also be made:

You are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible as this will increase your chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.

Note:

  • Bookings are free of charge for senior licence renewals (Drivers who are aged 85 years and older).
  • If your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) is cancelled less than 2 working days from the date of your booking you will have to pay to book another.
  • 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.
DVS_F_DL_E49_DecSupervisedNightDriving.pdf icon Declaration of supervised night time driving (Form E49) Kb
LBU_DL_B_PDAOnlineUserGuide.pdf icon 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:

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.

Or

  • 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 assist you in preparing 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 to sit another assessment.

LBU_DL_B_PDA.pdf icon How to pass your driving assessment (Booklet) Kb

  Task 2: Sitting your Practical Driving Assessment

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). *
  • Present your Log Book - ensuring that 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. (Please 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 that 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.

You are entitled to one free PDA as part of your licence application fee, however if you fail the assessment or do not give more than two working days' notice to cancel or change the booking you will need to pay for another PDA.

Note:

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.

DVS_F_DL_E49_DecSupervisedNightDriving.pdf icon Declaration of supervised night time driving (Form E49) Kb
LBU_DL_FS_LR_Assessment_Vehicle_Suitability_Guide_C_Class.pdf icon Practical Driving Assessment: Vehicle suitability guide - C class vehicles (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions (Not an initial driver's licence or photo card) Kb
LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Proof of identity requirements (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_DL_FS_LR_Assessment_Vehicle_Suitability_Guide_Other_Classes.pdf icon Vehicle Suitability Guide: Other Classes (Fact Sheet) Kb

  What are the assessment items?

The Practical Driving Assessment will determine whether you are ready to move onto the next step, and be issued with a Provisional licence.

It considers the quality of your driving rather than the way you perform individual skills. You will be assessed on the items listed below.

Assessment items

Assessment item What does this mean?
Flow How well you combine driving skills together.
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.
Look behind Whether you keep an eye on what's happening behind you by using your rear view mirrors and checking blind spots.
Signal Whether you let other road users know what you intend to do.
Vehicle management Whether you do thing 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 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.

  What's next?

Once you have passed your PDA, you will be issued with a Provisional licence.

  Have your say on the PDA

PDA

The Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) process is an integral part of obtaining a licence to drive in Western Australia. It demonstrates a driver's ability to safely drive and control a motor vehicle.

The Department of Transport is working on a Practical Driving Assessment Improvement project and would like to hear from you regarding your Practical Driving Assessment availability and your experience using log books.

The survey closed on 16 April 2018. Thank you to those who have participated in the survey, your feedback is valuable.

 

Page last updated: Fri Jun 22 2018 10:00:46 AM