P2 provisional licence

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

Applying for a P2 licence

If you are 18 or older, you will get a P2 licence when you have:

If you were 25 or older when you passed the practical driving test, you can get a P2 licence once you have held your learner licence for at least 1 year.

Upgrading to a P2 licence

This table outlines when you will be eligible for a P2 or open licence:

P2  licence
Age when issued P1  licenceMinimum length held P1  licenceAge when issued P2  licenceMinimum length held
Under 23 years1 yearUnder 25 years2 years
23 years1 year24 years and over1 year
24 years1 yearn/a - open licence issued-
--25 years and over1 year

Driving with a P2 licence

On a P2 licence, you no longer have passenger restrictions and you can use a hands-free mobile phone.

When driving you must:

You must not: