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Car Learner (not Novice)

If you have held a full car licence (anywhere) in the world and you need to get a learner licence, you will be issued with a non-novice learner licence.

Why do I need to get non-novice learner licence?

You may need to get a non-novice learner licence if:

  • Your full licence has been expired for more than 5 years
  • Your full licence was cancelled and it must be reissued as a learner licence
  • You are applying for the transfer of your overseas licence and it has expired or you have failed a driving assessment

How old must I be to get a non-novice learner licence?

Minimum age requirements are:

  • 15 years and 11 months - you may sit the knowledge test
  • 16 years and over - you may apply a learner licence.

Please note that if you have never held a full car licence anywhere in the world, you will need to apply for a novice car learner licence.

How do I get a non-novice car learner licence?

Go to a Service Tasmania shop and

You will receive

  • A receipted temporary licence
  • Licence condition attachment if applicable
  • a photo licence through the mail (valid for 12 months)

Tasmanian Road Rules

Information relating to driving is contained in the Tasmanian Road Rules Handbook. You need to be familiar with information in the handbook before sitting the knowledge test. The handbook is available on the Transport web site or can be purchased at Service Tasmania shops.

Knowledge Test

To obtain a learner licence a customer needs to undertake a knowledge test (35 multiple choice questions):

  • at Service Tasmania shops (computerised test) and designated police stations (paper based test) OR
  • through their School (the Road Safety Branch visits a number of high schools and issues Driver Pre-Education Certificates marked with Knowledge of Learner Driver Handbook, which are valid for twelve months).

It takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. It can only be undertaken at Service Tasmania during business hours up until 45 minutes prior to the shop closure time.

Reading and writing difficulties

Customers with difficulties reading or writing English may undertake an oral knowledge test. Non English speaking applicants can be provided with an interpreter service free of charge. Bookings for the interpreter service need to be made through Service Tasmania shops at least one week before the test.

Failing the test

Customers may repeat the test the next business day although there will be some changes to the test questions.

Rules for non-novice car learner drivers

When driving, you must -

  • Carry your licence
  • Have a zero blood alcohol content
  • Clearly show L-plates at the front and rear of the car
  • DON'T travel faster than:
    • 90 km/h in a 90 km/h zone
    • 90 km/h in a 100 km/h zone
    • 100 km/h in a 110 km/h zone
  • have a person seated next to you in the front passenger seat who holds a full Australian driver licence (other than a restricted, provisional, overseas or learner driver licence) to drive a car and has held that licence for at least 12 months.

How do I progress to a full car licence?

To get your full licence you must pass a driving assessment. When you pass your driving assessment, go to a Service Tasmania shop and:

  • fill in a licence application form
  • show your licence or evidence of identity
  • show your driving assessment sheet
  • pay the licence fee
  • have your photo taken
  • provide your signature

You will receive:

  • A receipted temporary licence
  • Licence condition attachment if applicable
  • a photo licence through the mail

How do I renew my non-novice learner car licence?

If you have not progressed to a full licence before your learner licence expires, you can renew it. Before it expires you should get a letter in the mail explaining what you must do to renew your licence. To renew your non-novice learner licence you need to go to a Service Tasmania shop and: