How do I get a Victorian driver’s licence?

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To get an unrestricted Victorian driver's licence there are a number of stages you are required to progress through. This ‘graduated licensing system' helps new learner drivers gain experience and become safer drivers by spreading the learning process over 5 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 probationary licence stages.

 

Getting your learner permit

A learner permit 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 permit you must be at least 16 years old and you must sit and pass the learner permit knowledge test, 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 to Solo Driving handbook will help you learn the road rules.

EzLicence provides a FREE practice learner permit knowledge test. 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 permit here.

 

Getting your P1 or P2 probationary licence

A probationary driver's licence in Victoria has two stages, P1 and P2, and allows you to drive unsupervised with a range of restrictions. P2 restrictions are slightly less extensive than those on a P1 licence, and you can read about the differences here. If you are under 21 when applying for a probationary licence, you will start on a P1 licence. If you are over 21 when applying for your probationary licence you will go straight to a P2 licence.

You are eligible to progress to a probationary licence if the following criteria are met:

Under the age of 21 progressing to P1 probationary licence (red Ps):

  • You have been on your learner permit for a minimum of 12 months. 
  • You have completed 120 hours of driving in your logbook (including 20 hours of night driving)
  • You pass the driving test.
  • You pass an eyesight test.
  • You pass the HPT.

Under the age of 21 progressing to P2 probationary licence (green Ps):

  • You have been on your red Ps for a minimum of 12 months without incident.

Note: You will graduate immediately to P2 without needing to take any additional steps.

Aged 21 to 24 progressing to P2 probationary licence (green Ps):

  • You have been on your learner permit for a minimum of 6 months.
  • You pass the driving test.
  • You pass an eyesight test.
  • You pass the HPT.

Aged over 25 progressing to P2 probationary licence (green Ps):

  • You have been on your learner permit for a minimum of 3 months.
  • You pass the driving test.
  • You pass an eyesight test.
  • You pass the HPT.

As you can see, learner drivers that graduate from their learner permit after the age of 21 bypass the P1 stage and immediately progress to a P2 probationary licence.

You can book the tests to go for your P1 or 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 probationary driver licence for at least 36 months and you must pass an eyesight test.

You can apply for your full drivers licence here.

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