Get a provisional licence (P plates)
Task 1: Get your provisional licence
To get your provisional licence you must:
- Have passed the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
- Have your photo taken
- Have paid the fee for your provisional licence.
- Abide by the rules for novice drivers
Driving solo is a new skill and comes with responsibilities. Always abide by the rules for novice drivers as well as the general road rules:
- Remember not to drive after drinking or taking medication that may affect your driving.
- Avoid driving tired.
- Don't use your mobile phone behind the wheel.
- Keep up your good habits, like scanning for potential hazards and leaving a safe distance when following another car.
Task 2: Display your P plates
During this time you’re considered a novice driver – meaning you’re under 19 years of age and have not held a driver’s licence for more than two years (in Australia or elsewhere).
You’ll start off with red P plates and transfer to ‘green Ps’ after six months. Night time driving restrictions apply to the first six months.
|Plate style||Time period||Description|
|First six months||You must display white on red P plates and will be subject to night time driving restrictions.|
|Remaining period||You must display white on green P plates.|
A person is a provisional driver's licence holder for the first two years that they hold any driver's licence (i.e. period or periods adding up to 730 days) or until they are 19 years of age (whichever is the longer period).
|P plates: red (printable)||Kb|
|P plates: green (printable)||Kb|
Safe driver reward (free licence renewal)
You’ll be rewarded for your safe driving practices and will receive a letter to confirm if you did not incur penalties as a provisional driver.
Your licence will be free for the first year after your provisional period if you did not commit a traffic offence while on P plates.
If you receive a licence suspension order for a traffic offence you will not be eligible for the free licence renewal. If your suspension order does not relate to a traffic offence (e.g. a parking fine) this will not affect your eligibility for a free licence renewal.
When you receive your first full licence renewal notice it will offer a one-year free renewal option or a five year option for the price of four.