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Even though you have been driving solo for 12 months on your P1s, and are going to progress to your P2 licence, don't become complacent.

Think - safety first.

Head over to the Safer Driving section for a refresh.

Good "driving" takes years so, keep building your skills and experience.

Provisional licence laws and conditions

  • You can only drive the class of vehicle stated on your licence
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  • You must carry your provisional licence at all times whilst driving.
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  • You must not drive a motor vehicle with any concentration of alcohol in your blood or the presence of THC (the active component in cannabis), Methylamphetamine (also known as speed, ice or crystal meth) or MDMA (ecstasy) in your blood or oral saliva.
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  • You must not drive a high-powered vehicle while you are under the age of 25 until you get your full driver's licence (unless you have an exemption certificate).
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  • You must not drive over 100 km/h even if the local speed limit exceeds 100 km/h
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  • If you commit a speeding offence of 10 km/h or more over the speed limit you will breach your licence conditions.
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  • You must not accumulate four or more demerit points during the provisional licence period.

These laws no longer apply to you if you hold a P2 provisional licence (they only apply to P1 provisional licences)

  • Having to display P-plates on the front and rear of your vehicle when driving (rear only for motorcycles)
  • Being prohibited from using any function of your mobile phone when driving, including:
    • Hands-free mode and Bluetooth technology
    • GPS function of a mobile phone

      As a P2 provisional licence holder, you can use a function of a mobile phone when driving (such as receiving a call through Bluetooth) but you must ensure you are only using it in accordance with the road rules.

      The Driver's Handbook has information on the rules that apply to mobile phone use.
  • Not being able to do the following if you are under the age of 25
    • Drive between midnight and 5am; or
    • Drive with more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 years in the vehicle (excluding family members unless a Qualified Supervising Driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria)
  • Being prohibited from lane filtering on a motorcycle (where a motorcycle licence is held)

Breaking the rules

If you break any of the P2 rules you could get a fine, demerit points, be disqualified from driving and have to go to court.

If your licence is disqualified while holding a P2 licence when you return to driving your new P2 licence will be issued for a further two years.

Safer Driver Agreement

If you are disqualified you may elect to enter into a Safer Driver Agreement instead of serving the six month disqualification (unless it was a serious disqualification offence).

The Safer Driver Agreement will apply for the duration of your provisional licence. If you choose a Safer Driver Agreement you will be issued a new provisional licence for a further two years. If you breach your licence conditions or accumulate four or more demerit points again:

  • you will be disqualified for 12 months (twice the original disqualification period)
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  • you must serve the disqualification - you cannot appeal to the Court
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  • you will not be eligible to apply for another Safer Driver Agreement for the next five years.
Heads up!

If you breach the Safer Driver Agreement you will be disqualified for 12 months. You must sit out the disqualification. No Safer Driver Agreements. No appeals.

More about driving laws, offences and penalties

You can apply for a full driver's licence when you have:

  • held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for three years (one year on P1 and 2 years on P2) and
  • reached 20 years of age (you do not need to pass a Hazard Perception Test).

How to apply for your full licence

You can progress from your P2 provisional licence to your full licence online through your mySA GOV account.

To renew online you will need your licence number.

If you are unable to renew online you can attend a Service SA customer service centre with the following:

  • your provisional licence
  • the fee for your driver's licence.

If paying online, or in a centre, you will be issued with a temporary licence valid for one month, the time it should take for your new photo licence to arrive.

Heads up!

Check out our safe driving tips to stay safe on the roads.

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