South Australia Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Are you P2 Ready?

Have you received the letter "YOU ARE READY FOR A P2 LICENCE"?

If so, that's because you have held your P1 licence for 12 months or longer.

If your P1 licence was issued before 28 July 2014, as part of the new laws that are being introduced for provisional drivers you may have options to progress to a P2 or full licence. If you stay on a P1 licence you WILL be subject to the new night-time and passenger restrictions.

See below for more information and details on how to progress to the next licence stage.

If you want to speak to a Service SA Customer Service specialist please call 13 10 84 and select option 2 (for licence information) then option 1 (for new and young driver information) and then 1 again for the Graduated Licensing Scheme.

Note: Your final eligibility to progress to a P2 or full licence will be determined when you apply for that licence at a Service SA customer service centre.


YES I RECEIVED A LETTER

Your letter outlined that you have the following two options to progress to the next stage of your licence:

  1. If you choose to apply for your P2 licence before or after 28 July 2014, you'll first need to pass a Hazard Perception Test at a Service SA Customer Service Centre (unless you live over 100 km from a Service SA customer service centre or on Kangaroo Island).

    Once you pass the HPT, you must remain on your P2 licence for a minimum of 6 months before you can progress to a full licence.
  2. Alternatively, if you wait until after 28 July 2014, you will have a second option which will allow you to obtain a full licence without passing the Hazard Perception Test or holding a P2 licence, but only if:

    • You have not been disqualified from holding a provisional licence, and you have held your P1 licence for two years; or
    • You have had a provisional disqualification and have since held your P1 licence for 2.5 years; or
    • You have entered into a Safer Driver Agreement or won an appeal against a provisional disqualification and have since held your P1 licence for 3 years.

NOTE: If you are currently disqualified or you become disqualified from holding a P1 licence after the date of this letter, and if you return to driving after 28 July 2014, you will be issued a new P1 licence. The options outlined will not be available to you.

Frequently asked questions

  • If I choose to do the Hazard Perception Test now and get my P2 licence can I apply for a full licence after 28 July? If you progress to a P2 you cannot obtain a full licence until you have completed a minimum six months on a P2 licence.
  • Can I upgrade from a P1 to a full licence prior to 28 July 2014? No. Prior to 28 July you can only upgrade to a full licence if you have held a P2 licence for a minimum of six months.
  • What can I do if my P1 licence is about to expire? You can do the Hazard Perception Test and progress to a P2 OR you can renew your P1 licence and then after 28 July 2014 you can apply for a full licence without undertaking the Hazard Perception Test and without spending time on a P2 licence, but only if:
     
    • You have not been disqualified from holding a provisional licence, and you have held your P1 licence for two years; or
    • You have had a provisional disqualification and have since held your P1 licence for 2.5 years; or
    • You have entered into a Safer Driver Agreement or won an appeal against a provisional disqualification and have since held your P1 licence for 3 years

However, from 28 July onwards, if your P1 licence has been expired for more than 1 year then you must be issued with a P2 licence for 2 years.

  • What if I have recently received a fine from SAPOL? If the offence is a breach of you provisional licence conditions e.g. alcohol or drug offence, exceeding the speed limit by 10kph or more OR your total amount of demerit points will be 4 or more then you will be disqualified from driving. This means that you will not be able to progress to a P2 or full licence. You can sit out the disqualification or you may be entitled to enter into a Safer Driver Agreement or lodge an appeal against the provisional disqualification depending on what is printed on the notice.
  • What if I have just received a provisional disqualification notice? Depending on what is printed on the notice you may have options to sit out the disqualification, elect for a Safer Driver Agreement or lodge an appeal against the disqualification.  In all 3 options you will be issued a new P1 licence.  You must hold that P1 licence for a further 12 months. You will not be eligible for a full licence on 28 July 2014.
  • What if I already have my P2 licence? From 28 July 2014, there will be no change if you are a P2 licence holder. The rules that apply to you now will continue to apply. You will be eligible to apply for a full licence after you have held a P2 licence for a minimum of 6 months and

    • if you have not been disqualified from holding a provisional licence, after you have held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for 2 years; or
    • if your current licence was issued following a provisional disqualification, after you have held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for 2.5 years; or
    • if you entered into a Safer Driver Agreement or won an appeal against a provisional disqualification, after you have held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for 3 years.

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I DIDN'T GET A LETTER - DO THESE CHANGES AFFECT ME?

Frequently asked questions

  • I believe I should have been sent a letter. Can I apply for a P2 licence? If you have held your P1 licence for a minimum of 12 months and you did not receive the letter "You are ready for a P2 licence", you can check when you can apply for a P2 licence here.
  • What if I have a learner's permit? If so, you will receive a letter shortly outlining the changes that will affect you. In the meantime please refer to information on the GLS changes.
  • What if I already have a P2 licence? From 28 July 2014, there will be no change if you are a P2 licence holder. The rules that apply to you now will continue to apply. You will be eligible to apply for a full licence after you have held a P2 licence for a minimum of 6 months and

    • if you have not been disqualified from holding a provisional licence, after you have held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for 2 years; or
    • if your current licence was issued following a provisional disqualification, after you  have held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for 2.5 years; or
    • if you entered into a Safer Driver Agreement or won an appeal against a provisional disqualification, after you have held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for 3 years.
  • When can I apply for a P2 licence? You can check when you can apply for a P2 licence here.

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Examples

Tom (aged 18 years) has a P1 licence with an expiry date of 10 June 2014. He decides to renew it as a P1 licence, rather than progress to a P2 licence. On 28 July 2014 he visits a Customer Service Centre and is able to obtain a full licence. He was not required to do a Hazard Perception Test or hold a P2 licence, as he had held a P1 licence for more than 2 years.

Maddy (aged 20 years) has just obtained her P1 licence, which has an expiry date of 10 May 2016. Although Maddy has heard that she can stay on her P1 licence for 2 years and then progress to a full licence without needing to do a Hazard Perception Test, she decides that she does not want to be subject to the night and passenger restrictions for any longer than necessary. On 10 May 2015, Maddy passes a Hazard Perception Test and progresses to a P2 licence. Maddy is able to obtain a full licence on 10 May 2016.

Matthew (aged 23) received a provisional disqualification notice for breaching his P1 licence conditions. Matthew decided to enter a Safer Driver Agreement that allows him to continue driving instead of being disqualified. However, this meant that his existing licence was cancelled and he was issued a new 3 year provisional licence. Matthew will be subject to passenger and night time restrictions from 28 July 2014 until he becomes the holder of a P2 licence. As Matthew's P1 licence was issued prior to 28 July 2014, to progress to a P2 licence he will be required to undertake a Hazard Perception Test.