Car hazard perception test
All learner drivers must pass the hazard perception test before upgrading their licence.
Find out how these changes will affect you or the licence you want to apply for:
Learner licence holders
You must have held your learner licence for at least 6 months before you can take the hazard perception test. We'll send you an email to let you know when you can take the test.
Before Thursday 1 July 2021 you can choose to take the hazard perception test either before or after your practical test. If you take the hazard perception test after your practical test, you will need to apply in person and bring evidence of your identity to upgrade your licence.
From Thursday 1 July 2021 you will need to have passed the hazard perception test before you can take the practical driving test.
You won't have to pass another hazard perception test to upgrade your P1 licence.
P1 licence holders
If you are a P1 licence holder you need to pass the hazard perception test before you can progress to a P2 licence or open licence. You must have held your P1 licence for at least 1 year. We'll send you an email to let you know when you can take the test.
This only applies to you if you had your P1 licence before Monday 29 March 2021, when the hazard perception test became a requirement to getting a learner licence.
Automatic upgrade of your licence
Once you have passed the hazard perception test, you may have your P1 licence automatically upgraded to a P2 licence or open licence. A new licence with your existing digital photo will be sent to you.
If you were 23 or younger when you received your P1 licence, you will get a P2 licence.
If you were 24 or older when you received your P1 licence, you will get an open licence.
After you have passed the hazard perception test, if you are a P1 licence holder who is eligible for an automatic upgrade you will receive your upgraded driver licence receipt overnight.
When your licence doesn’t automatically upgrade
Your licence won’t automatically upgrade if:
- your licence will expire within 6 weeks from the date you pay your test fee.
- you haven’t had a digital photo taken and digitised signature recorded in the last 9 years.
To upgrade to a P2 licence or open licence you need to apply in person and bring evidence of your identity.
Remember: You must comply with your P1 licence restrictions until you upgrade your licence and receive either your driver licence receipt or new licence card.
Take the hazard perception test
You need to pay a fee before you can get access to the test. You will have access to the test for up to 12-months.
I'm ready to take the car hazard perception test.
The hazard perception test will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, you will need at least that amount of time connected to the internet.