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1Getting your P1s

You will get your P1 licence if you hold a L1 or learner licence once you have:

  • held your learner licence for at least a minimum continuous period of 12 months
  • logged at least 80 hours in your learner logbook, including 15 hours at night, and ensured your supervisory driver has verified your logged hours and signed the statutory declaration contained in the middle of the logbook
  • passed the P1 driving assessment.

You will get your P1 licence if you held an L2 licence before 1 December once you have:

  • held your L2 learner licence for at least a minimum continuous period of 9 months
  • logged at least 50 hours in your L2 logbook and ensured your supervisory driver has verified your logged hours and signed the Supervisory Driver table contained in the middle of the logbook
  • passed the P1 driving assessment.

2P1 exemptions

If you need to progress to your P1 licence sooner, you can apply to get an exemption. See the exemption page for more information.

3P1 driving assessment

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

  • Briefing:
    • your driving assessor will undertake a pre-briefing. This includes a vehicle suitability check
  • Feedback:
    • you will be given a debrief of the assessment including feedback to you and your supervisory driver/instructor

Assessment Sections  

The P1 Practical Driving Assessment is split into six sections and looks like this:

  1. Follow directions
  2. Driving exercise
  3. Follow directions
  4. Driving exercise
  5. Follow directions - highway drive
  6. Follow directions

You need to bring:

  • your learner driver licence
  • your completed learner logbook.  Ensure your supervisory driver(s) have verified your logged hours and signs the Supervisory Driver table in the middle of the logbook
  • a supervisory driver, and
  • a suitable vehicle

4Conditions on P1 drivers

When you get your P1 licence, you have to obey the following conditions:

  • always carry your licence on you
  • display red on white P plates and ensure your P plates can be seen from the front and back of your car
  • drive no faster than 100km/h even when a higher speed limit applies
  • have a blood alcohol content of 0.00
  • obey all Tasmanian Road Rules
  • obey peer passenger restrictions.

5Getting your P2s and conditions on P2 drivers

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:

  • display green on white P plates and ensure your P plates can be seen from the front and back of your car
  • have a blood alcohol content of 0.00
  • obey all the road rules.