To get an unrestricted NSW driver's licence there are a number of stages you are required to progress through. This ‘graduated licensing scheme' helps new learner drivers gain experience and become safer drivers by spreading the learning process over 4 years.
There are essentially three main learning stages you must move through before you qualify for a full licence. You must first qualify for a learners licence and in due course meet the requirements to progress through the P1 & P2 provisional licence stages.
Getting your learner licence
A learner licence allows you to begin learning to drive. Once you have your ‘L’ plates you will be able to drive a car under supervision.
To get your learner licence you must be at least 16 years old and you must sit and pass the driver knowledge test (DKT), this is a theory test about the road rules.
You are also required to pass an eyesight test, prove your identity and pay the relevant licence and test fees.
The road users’ handbook will help you learn the road rules.
EzLicence provides FREE practice driver knowledge tests (DKT). Our questions are based on the real test and you can practice as many times as you like. Practicing the test is a great way to make sure you pass first time.
You can apply for your learner licence here.
Getting your P1 provisional licence
A P1 provisional driver's licence allows you to drive unsupervised with a range of restrictions.
To apply for a P1 licence you must be at least 17 years old and have held a learner licence for at least 12 months, unless you are aged 25 years or older. If under 25 yrs of age you must have completed and logged 120 hours driving time in your learner log book, including at least 20 hours of night driving.
To successfully obtain your P1 licence you must pass a driving test, a hazard perception test and another eyesight test.
You can apply for your P1 licence here.
Getting your P2 provisional licence
A P2 provisional driver licence allows you to drive unsupervised with a range of restrictions. These restrictions are slightly less extensive than those on a P1 licence, you can view the restrictions here.
To get your P2 provisional driver licence you simply must have held your P1 licence for at least 12 months. You can apply for your P2 licence here.
Getting your full licence
Getting a full licence allows you to drive a car unsupervised on the road without the restrictions that apply to P1 & P2 licence holders.
To get a full licence you must have held your P2 provisional driver licence for at least 24 months and you must pass an eyesight test.
You can apply for your full drivers licence here.
You can find more detail about getting your NSW drivers licence by following the below links: