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If you want to get a NSW driver licence, you can use this page to work through the stages involved in going from learner to full licence.

Getting your learner licence (L plates)

To get your learner licence, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT)
  • prove your identity
  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the licence and test fees, unless you’re eligible for a concession.

Driving lessons:

If COVID-19 stay-at-home rules apply in your local area, you're permitted to leave your home to take a driving lesson with a person you live with who is supervising you. Find out more about COVID-19 rules for driving and transport.

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Getting your P1 provisional licence

To apply for your P1 licence, you must:

  • be at least 17 years of age
  • have held a learner licence for at least 12 months, unless you’re aged 25 years or older
  • have logged at least 120 hours driving time in your Learner Driver Log Book, including at least 20 hours of night driving, unless you’re aged 25 years or older
  • prove your identity
  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the licence and test fees, unless you’re eligible for a concession
  • pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
  • pass the driving test.

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Getting your P2 provisional licence

To apply for your P2 licence, you must:

  • have held your P1 licence for at least 12 months
  • prove your identity
  • pay the licence and test fees, unless you’re eligible for a concession.

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Vehicle and passenger restrictions for P1 and P2 drivers

If you are a P1 or P2 driver, you are normally limited by the number of passengers you can carry and the type of vehicles you can drive.

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Getting your full licence

To apply for your full licence, you must:

  • have held your P2 licence for at least 24 months
  • prove your identity
  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the licence and test fees, unless you’re eligible for a concession.

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Converting an interstate or overseas licence

If you move to NSW you can use an existing interstate or overseas licence for up to 3 months. After that you must apply for a NSW driver licence.

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