P1 provisional licence

There are 2 types of provisional licences—P1 and P2.  The P1 licence is your first provisional licence, before you move onto P2.

Applying for a P1 licence

If you are under 25 years of age, you will need to book and pass your practical driving test to get your P1 licence.

You cannot take a practical driving test until you are at least 17 years of age and have met the logbook requirements.

Driving with a P1 licence

Once you have your P1 licence, you can drive unsupervised.

When driving you must:

You must not:

  • use a mobile phone for any reason when you're driving. Your passengers can’t use the loudspeaker function on their mobile phones
  • drive a high-powered (performance) vehicle
  • drive with more than 1 passenger under 21 who is not an  immediate family member (unrelated by blood, marriage, or a guardian relationship) between 11pm and 5am
  • drive under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
  • accumulate 4 or more demerit points in any 1 year period or you will have to choose between a suspension and a good driving behaviour period
  • supervise a learner driver.

If you are over 25 years of age, you may use a mobile phone hands-free.

Driving with your P1 licence

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Welcome to your P1s.

The big difference now you have your P1 licence is that you can drive alone… so you can drop off your supervisor…

But don't forget to thank them and let them know you appreciate their time and patience …

The plan now is for you to travel on your P1 licence for at least 12 months.

So while you're flying solo... there are still things you can't do while you're driving.

No talking on your mobile phone. Even with hands-free.

And no Blue tooth accessories. Your passengers can't use the speaker on their phone while you're driving either.

Sorry to sound like your dad, but you are responsible for your actions, so there are other restrictions as well.

Including high-powered and performance vehicle restrictions.

You must have no alcohol and no illegal drugs in your system.

And when the sun goes down… Things can get more dangerous.

So there's another important rule… you can only carry one passenger under the age of 21, who isn't an immediate family member, between 11pm and 5am.

Another important thing you need to know about is the online hazard perception test. You'll get a letter with all the details when it comes time to do the test.

That's it for now. Relax, enjoy your Road Trip. You'll reach your P2 licence in good time. Happy driving. Talk to you at your hazard perception test.

More information is available on this website.