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Pre learners stage

pre learner

Yes, getting your driver's licence is exciting, but learning to drive needs time and practice so you can become a safe driver. You can start learning, now.

Think about safety

Driving is one of the riskiest daily activities that you'll do so, preparing yourself and your vehicle is vital.

Unfortunately, it's true. Drivers under the age of 25 are more likely to be involved in a road crash. Read the Safer Drivers section of this website to find out why and how to be prepared.

And, it's a good idea to read The Driver's Handbook... especially the section on road safety, which explains your responsibilities as a driver.

Know and follow the rules

The first thing you need to do is learn the road rules. Road rules are about care and courtesy so we can all share the road safely.

Car Safety

One of the smartest decisions you can make is driving the safest car possible. Go to the Car Safety section of this website.

Heads up!

Choose an ANCAP 5-star safety rated vehicle.

Getting (and keeping) your licence

You need to work through a series of stages in the process of getting your driver's licence.

Drive according to your licence conditions and the road rules, and you keep it. If you don't, you'll get a fine, gain demerit points or be disqualified and lose it.

The licensing process is:

  • your learner's permit
  • two provisional licence stages (P1 and P2)
  • then your full licence.

Check out the whole process of the Graduated Licensing Scheme.

Before you can drive, learn the road rules... and the earlier the better.

Bottom line. It's driver courtesy and care that makes our roads safer and reduces the risk of crashes.

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Learn and practice road rules as a passenger. Check out MyLicence eNews and watch how other young learner drivers get their experience.

When you're a passenger in the car, notice what your driver and other drivers do. This is a great time to observe the defensive driving skills of others on the road.

First step. Getting your learner's permit.
Before applying, you must be 16 years or older and pass a Theory Test on the road rules and road safety.

All the details on road safety, road rules, licences and vehicles are here. Service SA and selected newsagents have them for $10.

Heads up!

The Driver's Handbook - read it from cover to cover, especially the road safety and road rules sections.

Click here to read or download The Driver's Handbook

Road safety. Know all the road risks, how to be prepared and better still, how to manage them.

Road rules. Speed limits, traffic lights, road signs, when to give way plus more rules... all explained.

Drivers & licences. Your driver's licence or permit must be current, appropriate for the vehicle you're driving and carried with you.

Vehicles & registrations. Get your head right around vehicle registration, Compulsory Third Party insurance and other private vehicle insurance options.

You'll be asked questions on important road rules and safety. Study up, because each attempt to pass the theory test incurs a fee. If you fail you can retry, but it will cost you again. You must pass to get your learner's permit.

Practise the learner theory test online.

The test has two parts;
Part A - Give Way diagrams. Eight diagram questions where you decide which vehicle or pedestrian is required to give way in each diagram. And all eight questions must be answered correctly before you can try Part B.
Part B - Multiple choice. Answer 42 multiple choice questions on the road rules and safety.

Heads up!

To pass the real test you must get all 8 give-way questions right... and at least 32 of the 42 multiple-choice questions.

Book your Theory Test

 You can attempt the Theory Test at the following locations:

  • Service SA Customer Service Centres (except Regency Park)
  • most remote country police stations

At a Service SA Customer Service Centre you can sit the test between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; OR Wednesday between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm (except public holidays).
For licence theory tests at Service SA bookings and prepayment are required.  Theory tests cannot be sat at Regency Park.

Telephone 13 10 84 for further information or to book your test. 

At Service SA the test is provided on a computer screen or as a written test.  At remote country police stations you will be given a written test.

The test may take 30 minutes or more to complete.

Heads up!

Make sure you bring these with you:
  • evidence of identity that verifies your identity, age, signature and residential address - further information
  • the fee for your learner's permit
  • a medical certificate (if you have a medical condition that affects your driving.

Remember, to sit the licence theory test at Service SA Customer Service Centres you must book and pay for your test in advance.   

If sitting the test at a remote country police station you will need to take payment for the test with you.

Please telephone 13 10 84 for more information.



Fees and ID

If you pass, you can apply for your learner's permit, on the spot.

We'll take your photo and give you a temporary permit. Your photo learner's permit gets posted to you and is good for two years. A fee applies for your learner's permit.

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