Steps to getting your licence

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Before you can hold an unrestricted licence, there are a few steps you'll need to take.

Getting your full licence takes more than a couple of years, and there are different rules for driving depending on whether you're on your Ls, your 'red' Ps (also known as P1) or your 'green' Ps (also known as P2).

The Geared website is here to help you through the stages so you know exactly what you need to do to stay on track, stay safe and stay legal.

We'll be here to help you prepare for tests, answer your questions and provide tips and good advice from driving instructors and  testing officers – the people who assess whether you're ready to take the next step.

Here's a summary of what you need to do:

  1. Pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT). This gets you a learner licence.
  2. Pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) once you've held your learner licence for at least 10 months.
    • Learner drivers aged 25 and over are exempt from the 10 month requirement - if you're 25 or over you can do the HPT when you're ready.
  3. Pass the Driving Test, after you've held your learner licence for 12 months and completed 120 hours minimum of driving practice and recorded it in your Learner Driver Logbook This gets you a provisional P1 licence - your red Ps.
    • If you're 25 or over you're exempt from the 12 month driving practice and log book requirement and can do the driving test when you're ready.
  4. Hold your P1 licence for at least 12 months, and you can apply for a P2 licence - your green Ps.
  5. Hold your P2 licence for at least 24 months, and you can apply for an unrestricted licence
    • Provisional P2 drivers who receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour must stay on their P2 licence for an extra six months for every suspension they receive.


keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program which provides learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor.