Motorist Package & Safe Driver Discount

Learn more about how the Victorian Government is helping to reduce financial barriers with incentives for new drivers and reward all Victorians for safe driving habits when renewing their licence.

From mid-August 2022, Victorian drivers will benefit from a new motorist package to reduce licensing costs, reward safe behaviour behind the wheel and boost the state’s COVID-19 economic recovery by connecting more people with work, education and essential goods and services. This package intends to alleviate the rising cost of living pressures for families by putting money back in the pockets of Victorians.

The following fees will be waived for all new Victorian drivers:

  • Car and motorcycle permit issue fee 
  • Probationary car licence fee 
  • The Learner Permit Test Online course fee
  • The Hazard Perception Test Online fee 

These savings will be available to Victorian learners and probationary drivers from mid-August 2022. In-person learner permit and licence testing and appointment fees will remain.

Refer to the table below for a summary of changes.

A summary of fees waived under the Motorist Package

  Learner Permit Test Online Learner Permit Test In-person Probationary licence
Eligibility Car Car, motorcycle Car, motorcycle
Fees waived
  • Learner Permit Test Online - $25.40
  • Learner Permit issue fee - $26
  • Learner Permit first issue fee (car/motorcycle) - $26 
  • Hazard Perception Test Online - $19.40
  • Probationary licence first issue fee (car/motorcycle) - $85.50-$113.90
Fees still applicable
  • Appointment fee (overseas licence holders) - $19.60* 
  • Appointment fee – $19.60
  • Learner Permit Test In-person test fee - $25.40
  • Motorcycle learner test fee (individual training providers) 
  • Appointment fee – $19.60
  • In-person test fee - $19.40
  • Drive Test fee - $47.10
  • Drive Test appointment fee - $19.60

*Overseas licence holders only who have completed the Learner Permit Test Online will require a licence verification appointment prior to having a learner permit issued or sitting any further tests.

The Safe Driver Discount

The Victorian Government is committed to improving road safety for all Victorians. The Safe Driver Discount aims to reward good driving behaviour to those who demonstrate safe driving behaviours behind the wheel.

Full licence holders (car, motorcycle, and heavy vehicle) that are eligible will receive a 25 per cent discount on their renewal.

How do I know if I'm eligible for the Safe Driver Discount? 

  • You must have held a Victorian licence for at least 39 months and 1 day, and
  • You have not incurred any demerit points or committed any serious road offences for a 3 year period that ends 3 months before your licence expires.

The discount has been introduced for driver licence renewals expiring from 13 November onwards.

Free Licence Scheme

Under an existing initiative, probationary car drivers who are under 25 years (when their probationary period ends) can receive a free 3-year full driver licence, if a good driving record is maintained throughout their entire 3- or 4-year probationary period (based on the criteria).

See Free Licence Scheme to learn more.

When will these costs savings be available to Victorians?

These savings became available to Victorian learners and probationary drivers from 15 August 2022. The Safe Driver Program will become available for all existing licence holders (car, motorcycle and heavy vehicle) in late 2022.

How much will new learner drivers save under this package?

The permit issue fee for all new car and motorcycle learner permits are waived as part of this new funding package, saving aspiring drivers and riders $26.00. 

The online Learner Permit Test and Hazard Perception Tests are also free on the first attempt, with a saving between $19.40 and $25.40. 

What cost savings are available to people looking to get their Victorian probationary licence?

Probationary car licences issue fees are waived for all new Victorian probationary drivers, with a saving of $85.50 for a three-year P2 probationary licence, and $113.90 for four-year P1 probationary licences.  

Are the in-person test and appointment fees also waived?

No. Fees for the Learner Permit Test In-person (LPTI), Hazard Perception Test In-person (HPTI), Drive Test and appointment fees remain in place.

See driver licence and learner permit fees 

If I've recently enrolled into the Learner Permit Test Online and paid the course fee, or registered and paid to take the Hazard Perception Test Online, can I get a refund?

No. If you enrolled and paid to take the Learner Permit Test Online or registered and paid to take the Hazard Perception Test Online before the 15 August, you won't be eligible to get a refund on the fees already paid.

What if I booked to take the Learner Permit Test In-person or Hazard Perception Test In-person but now I want to take the test online as it's free, can I cancel my appointment and get a refund?

Your in-person booking is made up of two fee components – the test fee and the appointment fee. See driver licence and learner permit fees.

If you've made an appointment to take the Learner Permit Test In-person (LPTI) or Hazard Perception Test In-person (HPTI) and would like to cancel this appointment to take the test online, you'll be eligible for a refund of the test fee only. You’ll need to provide us with at least 24 hours notice before cancelling your appointment. 

Are Drive Tests free under the Motorist Package? 

No. Fees for Drive Tests remain in place. See driver licence and learner permit fees 

Where can I learn more about the online tests? 

To learn more about our online tests see The Learner Permit Test Online or The Hazard Perception Test.

Are there any benefits for Victorian drivers who already have their licence?

Full licence holders (Car, motorcycle and heavy vehicle) will also benefit from the Safe Driver Discount by receiving a 25% discount off their next licence renewal if they have  not incurred demerit points or committed road safety offences in  the three year period that ends three months before their licence expiry date. 

This currently equates to around $21 on a three-year licence (full cost of $85.50), $28.50 on a four-year P1 licence (full cost $113.90) and about $73 on a 10-year licence (full cost of $292.80). 

What is the Safe Driver Discount?

Road safety isn't just about penalising it’s also about properly rewarding those who do the right thing. The Safe Driver Discount rewards drivers who have demonstrated good driving behaviour on our roads.  

What type of offences will make me ineligible for the Safe Driver Discount?

See traffic related offences and free licence eligibility.

When will the Safe Driver Discount start?

Customers who have a licence expiring from 13 November onwards will see the discount applied to their renewal. 

Will good probationary drivers still be eligible for the Free Licence Scheme?

Yes. Probationary drivers who maintain a good driving record are still eligible for the Free Licence Scheme.

What if I incur demerit points or commit a road safety offence after my licence renewal (including the 25% discount) is issued?

If your licence renewal has been generated and sent to you, your eligibility will remain unchanged even if you commit a road safety offence or incur demerit points after the renewal was issued. 

If my learner permit or probationary licence is lost, stolen, damaged etc, will my replacement be free?

No. If your learner permit or probationary licence is lost, stolen or damaged you'll need to pay the replacement fee of $25.40. See driver licence and learner permit fees.

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