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 once you have:
Your L2 learner licence lasts for three years, so there’s no need to rush things. It is strongly recommended that learner licence holders log at least 80 logbook hours (including 15 night hours) in the combined L1 and L2 learner stages. This is consistent with previously announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the P1 driving assessment which are expected to be implemented from December 2020.
If you need to progress to your P1 licence sooner, you can apply to get an exemption. You must still hold your L2 licence for a minimum continuous period of 6 months before your application will be assessed. You need to provide evidence that you will:
To be eligible to apply for a P1 Exemption, you will need to:
To apply, please fill out the exemption application form.
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, make safe decisions when driving and respond to hazards.
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
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 automatically progress to your P2 licence.
As a P2 driver, you no longer need to display P plates and can drive at the posted speed limit. However, you must:
From 1 December 2020 there will be changes to the Graduated Licensing System for drivers to make the process of getting a full licence safer and cheaper. For information on these changes please refer to “I am a novice driver on my Ls or Ps, what do the changes mean for me?”