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Before you can learn to drive any motor vehicle on the road, you must have a valid learner’s permit. A learner’s permit allows you to drive a vehicle of the specified class. The minimum age at which a person can obtain a learner’s permit to drive ‘C’ class vehicles is 16 years of age.

1. You may apply for a learner’s permit at any Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre or regional DVS agent. The permit is valid for 3 years and can be replaced free of charge.

1. When applying for a learner’s permit for the first time you must provide evidence of your age, identity and where you live.

The Guidelines are as follws as they often differ from State to State All documents must be originals - certified photocopies will not be accepted.

One of the documents presented must contain your signature. (may not be required for photo card). The name on your documents must be the same or you must provide evidence of change of name that clearly shows the link between your birth name and current name.


1. Original Australian or New Zealand (NZ) birth certificate

2. Australian citizenship or naturalisation documentation issued by Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

3. NZ citizenship or naturalisation documentation issued by Department of Internal Affairs.

4. School report, certificate of accomplishment or enrolment issued by a secondary school in, less than six months old.

5. Recognised educational institution letter from the principal showing residential address, less than12 months old.

A person is a Novice Driver Type 1 until they have held a driver’s licence for a period of one year or periods adding up to one year. A Novice Driver Type 1 also includes first time Learner’s Permit holders and persons who have never held a driver’s licence.

Learners Licence - Novice

1. Learner licence—issued for 3 years - $ 171.90

2. Replacement licence—issued with the same expiry date as your current licence $ 75.65

3. Replacement learner logbook - $ 21.60

4. Learner logbook exemption application - $ 42.90

Provisional, probationary and open licence fees

1. 1 year driver licence - $ 78.90.

2. 2 year driver licence - $ 110.00

3. 3 year driver licence - $ 136.15

4. 4 year driver licence - $ 157.55

Replacement licence—issued with the same expiry date as your current licence - $ 75.65

Licence test fees

1. Written road rules (knowledge) test - $ 24.75

2. Practical driving test—all class types - $ 57.90

3. Hazard perception test - $ 20.45

***** This is merely a rough estimate, as the price could differ from State to State **********

The examination has two sections. They are 45 computer based questions:

You need to get 41 Questions correct, comprising of:

---General Knowledge. 15 Questions. You need to get 12 Questions correct.

---Road Safety. 30 Questions. You need to get 29 Questions correct.

Code 1:
This is for a motor cycle with or without a sidecar, motor tricycle or quadrucycle.

You must be 16 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply if the motorcycle’s engine does not exceed 125 cc and 17 years or older if it exceeds 125 cc.

Code 2:
This is for a motor vehicle, including a minibus, bus or goods vehicle, with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3 500kg.

You must be 17 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply.

Code 3:
This is for a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3 500kg.

You must be 18 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply.

You need to have a valid ID document. You need to pass an Eye Test. 

You will receive it immediately after you have passed, for an additional fee , depending on what province you are in.

Your best option for determining the cost of your licencing fee is to contact your local driving licence testing cetre.

Another option is to contact a local driving school or instructor who deals with your local driving licence testing centre - they will generally be aware of what the current costs are.

They are subject to change without notice though, so you may always want to bring a little bit of extra money with you just in case.

As of 2010, your Learners licence will be valid for 24 months (2 years) from date of issue.

After that, it will expire, and if you wish to persue a Driver's Licence, you will need to reapply and rewrite the Learner's Test.

You cannot apply for someone else. You can only apply for yourself.

You cannot apply for a licence if you have a licence that was suspended or cancelled by a court of law and the period for the suspension has not yet ended.

If you have any illness or disease or disability, that would endanger yourself and others if you were driving. eg: severe mental illness, blindness or really poor vision, uncontrollable epilepsy, common dizzy spells or frequent fainting.

You will also not be granted a licence if you suffer any muscular co-ordination or Diabetes Mellitus or if you are an addict to mind altering substances.

Having a hearing problems or being deaf, is NOT regarded as a problem or a driving limitation.

There are a variety of penalties that can be imposed on drivers who commit traffic offences.

They include fines, licence sanctions (such as demerit points and suspension or cancellation) and in some cases imprisonment. Penalties can be imposed by Courts or by infringement notices.

The penalties imposed by infringement notices are usually much less than can be imposed by a Court.

Not all traffic offences are subject to infringement notices. However, infringements include fines and sometimes demerit point penalties:
fines are imposed for a range of traffic offences which are often significant; and n certain traffic offences attract demerit points in addition to fines.

You may also be disqualified from driving without incurring demerit points – for example; 1. if you are convicted of a drink or drug related driving offence.
2. if you offend repeatedly; or
3. if you have a provisional licence, and are convicted of certain traffic offences. (You will be required to re-apply for your licence when the disqualification period has finished and may be required to undertake further assessments).

The Demerit Points Scheme is a national program that is currently in place in all Australian jurisdictions. Demerit points are a form of penalty that may be imposed for a range of driving offences.

The amount of demerit points that are accrued will range dependent on the offence, and if you accumulate too many it will result in the suspension of your driver’s licence.

Under the provisions of the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act 2008, a person who holds a full licence (not a Novice Driver) who accrues 12 or more demerit points within a 3 year period is liable to a disqualification from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence.

Demerit points are always recorded against a person not a driver’s licence.

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