Getting your Ps
Find out how to get your provisional licence, including when you can take the P1 driving assessment and what conditions apply to you as a P1 and P2 driver.
You will get your P1 licence if you hold a L1 or learner licence once you have:
You will get your P1 licence if you held an L2 licence before 1 December once you have:
If you need to progress to your P1 licence sooner, you can apply to get an exemption. See the exemption page for more information.
See here for more information on booking a driving assessment.
The P1 driving assessment assesses whether you’re ready to safely drive on your own.
It will look at how well you can automate your car controls without thinking about them and make safe decisions when driving.
The assessment has six sections, with five minutes given for briefing before and feedback after the assessment. Each section will take roughly six minutes, other than exercise four, which takes five.
Feedback and Briefing
The P1 Practical Driving Assessment is split into six sections and looks like this:
You need to bring:
When you get your P1 licence, you have to obey the following conditions:
If you hold your P1 licence for 12 continuous months and drive safely (and not receive any P1 restart offences, disqualifications or suspensions), you’ll progress to your P2 licence.
As a P2 driver, you can drive at the posted speed limit. However, you must: