After you’ve held your provisional P2 licence for at least 24 months you can progress to a full (unrestricted) driver licence.
However if you have been suspended for unsafe driving behaviour during your P2 period, you will need to stay on your P2 licence for an extra 6 months for each suspension received.
Getting a full licence
To apply for your full licence, you must:
- Have held your P2 licence for at least 24 months
- Prove your identity
- Pass an eyesight test
- Pay the licence fee, unless you’re eligible for a concession.
Additional time on P2 for any suspension
Changes to the Graduated Licence Scheme require provisional P2 drivers who renew their licence on or after Monday 20 November 2017 to add 6 months to the time they are required to hold a P2 licence, when suspended for unsafe driving behaviour.
The 6 months is added for every suspension received. For example, if a P2 licence holder receives a demerit point suspension, they will need to hold their P2 licence for the normal 24 months and an extra 6 months before they can apply for a full licence. The time spent suspended does not count towards the licence period.
Converting an interstate or overseas licence
If you hold a licence from another Australian state or territory, or from overseas, see Moving to NSW for information about converting your licence to a NSW equivalent.
What can I drive with a full car licence?
If you hold a full car (class C) licence, you can drive:
- Vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
- Vehicles that seat up to 12 adults, including the driver.
This generally includes cars, utes, vans, some light trucks, car-based motor tricycles, tractors, and implements such as graders.
Important: If you’re driving passengers for a fare or other form of payment, regardless of the class of licence or vehicle, you must also hold a Public Passenger Vehicle Driver Authority.
Upgrading your licence
Once you have a full car licence, you may wish to upgrade to a higher class of licence, allowing you to drive heavier vehicles.
See Getting a heavy vehicle licence for information.