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Graduated Licensing Scheme overview for car (Class C) licence applicants

Unfortunately statistics show that new drivers, particularly those aged 16 to 24 years, are almost twice as likely to be involved in a serious or fatal road crash.

But research has also found that strengthening the driving experiences and supervision of new drivers through graduated licensing schemes can lead to significant reductions in crashes both before and after obtaining a driver's licence.

The Graduated Licensing Scheme is the process of obtaining a full driver's licence - a gradual process which involves:

  • at least 75 hours of supervised driving during the Learner's Permit phase
  • a compulsory Hazard Perception Test to progress from L to P1
  • a two-stage Provisional Licence (P1 and P2)

For information regarding age and experience requirements for obtaining a motorcycle learners permit or motorcycle licence please refer to The Driver's Handbook

Learner's Permit

display plate stages

  • 16 years or older
  • Pass Theory Test

P1 Provisional Licence

  • 17 years or older
  • pass Hazard Perception Test
  • Hold a Learner's Permit for at least 12 months if under 25 years of age, or at least 6 months if aged 25 or over
  • Complete 75 hours (includes minimum 15 hours at night) supervised driving
  • Pass Vehicle On Road Test (VORT) or Competency Based Training & Assessment (CBT&A) course.

P2 Provisional Licence

  • 18 years or older
  • must have held a P1 licence for 1 year

Full Licence

  • 20 years or older
  • must have held a P2 licence for 2 years



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