A new way to get your licence

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Since 20 November 2017 we have introduced a few changes that will affect you.

For starters, we have rearranged the tests you need to take to move through the licence stages, from learner to P1, P2 and then finally a full licence. We're making sure that P2 drivers are safe drivers, by adding an extra 6 months to your P2 licence if you get suspended for unsafe driving.

The details

From 20 November 2017:

  • Learners: You'll need to pass the Hazard Perception Test before you attempt your driving test and apply for a P1 licence.
  • P1: You won't need to do a test to apply for a P2 licence. As long as you have had your P1 for at least 12 months, you'll be able to apply for a P2 licence.
  • P2:If you do the wrong thing you'll be on your P2 for a lot longer - get suspended for gaining too many demerit points, or for higher risk offences like speeding more than 30km/h over the limit, and you'll be staying on your P2 for another 6 months before you can apply for a full licence. And that's on top of your time out suspension period – getting suspended for 3 months can add at least 9 months extra to your P2 time before you can apply for a full licence.

What about riders – any changes?

These changes don't apply to riders – only to car licence holders. See Getting a motorcycle licence for info on how to get your bike licence.

Over 25?

These changes still apply, even if you're over 25.