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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 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 (even using hands-free or Bluetooth accessories) unless you are legally and safely parked. 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.

You need to hold your P1 licence for at least 1 year to be eligible to upgrade your licence to a P2 or open licence.

Driving with your P1 licence

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Book your practical driving test online

You can book and pay for the practical driving test online.

Make sure you have your licence number and a Visa credit card or MasterCard. Payments made by credit card incur a credit card surcharge.

You can also reschedule your test booking if you give more than 1 day’s notice.

Reporting medical conditions

You need to report medical conditions that affect your ability to drive, you can tell us online, in person or by post.

Last updated
29 September 2016

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