The driving test

This practical, on-road test is the final step to progress from a learner licence to a provisional P1 licence. You can book a driving test once you have enough driving experience and have passed the Hazard Perception Test.

Booking your driving test

When you're ready to take the driving test, you'll need to make a booking and pay the test fee.

Note: If you're using a digital log book app to record your driving experience, you'll need to submit your driving record through the app before you can book a driving test.

About the driving test

The driving test is for learners with extensive driving experience. It's an on-road test that you take with a Service NSW testing officer.

The driving test focuses on hazard perception. It assesses your driving skills, decision-making, awareness of other road users and how you share the road with other traffic. Once you pass, you'll be issued with a provisional P1 licence.

If you fail, you have to wait at least 7 days before you can attempt another test.

You should not feel under any pressure to take the test. You can continue to practice driving on your learner licence for as long as you need, provided you renew it after 5 years. However, every time you renew your learner licence, you need to take and pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT), and pay test and licence fees.

More information about the test is available in the Guide to the Driving Test.

When are you eligible to take the test?

If you're under 25

You can take the driving test if you:

  • are at least 17 years old
  • have passed the Hazard Perception Test
  • have held a learner licence for at least 12 months
  • have completed 120 hours in your learner driver log book or digital log book app

If you're 25 or older

You can book your driving test as soon as you're ready. You must have passed the Hazard Perception Test before you attempt the driving test, but you don't need to complete a Learner Driver Log Book or wait 12 months.

If you're converting an interstate or overseas licence

You may also need to take a driving test, but you can take the test without holding a learner licence first. See Moving to NSW for more information.

What to do on the day of the driving test

At your appointment time, you’ll need to attend the nominated service centre to do your test.

You’ll need to bring:

  • a completed Licence Application form
  • proof of identity
  • completed paper log book - unless you're exempt from the log book requirement or used a digital app
  • a suitable car for the test - the car must be safe for road use and ready to drive. The testing officer will check the car and may cancel the test if they think it's unsuitable. The Guide to the Driving Test explains test car requirements.
  • a person who holds a full driver licence - because if you fail your test you will not be able to drive away on your own

Test conditions

The only people allowed in the car while you take the driving test are you, the testing officer and, in some situations, a monitoring officer. The monitoring officer's job is to watch the testing officer and make sure the test is conducted properly. No other person is permitted in the car during the test.

If the testing officer suspects you have recently taken alcohol or another drug, the test will be cancelled and the test fee will not be refunded.

If you offer money, some other bribe, or try to influence a testing officer, the test will be stopped and you may be taken to a police station and charged with offering a bribe.

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