How to get your Ps

You must be at least 18 years of age and a Victorian resident to be eligible to apply for a probationary driver licence.

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To apply for your probationary driver licence you must be 18 years of age or older and:

  • have a Victorian residential address
  • meet evidence of identity requirements
  • not be currently suspended, cancelled, disqualified or refused from obtaining a probationary driver licence
  • have passed all the appropriate tests
  • pay the appropriate fees
  • if under the age of 21, have completed and recorded in your learner log book a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving, including at least 10 hours at night (unless an exemption has been granted)
  • hold a current car learner permit for a continuous minimum period immediately before applying for a driver licence (unless an exemption from this requirement has been granted).

Minimum period the car learner permit must be held

You must hold your car learner permit for a minimum continuous period immediately before applying for your licence.

Age How long the car learner
permit must be held continuously for
Under 21 12 months
21 to under 25 6 months
25 or older 3 months

Any period prior to when your car learner permit was suspended or cancelled or allowed to expire is excluded when calculating the period of time you have held a learner permit.

Reducing the minimum time a car learner permit must be held

The minimum time a car learner permit must be held can be reduced by:

  • exemption on the basis of undue hardship and/or
  • recognition of time a motorcycle licence or motorcycle learner permit has been held.
Exemption on the basis of undue hardship

If you are unable to hold a car learner permit for the minimum time requirement due to undue hardship, you can apply for an exemption.  (External link)

Recognition of time a motorcycle learner permit or licence held

If you have held your motorcycle learner permit or motorcycle licence for more than 12 months, VicRoads may reduce the minimum time you need to hold a car learner permit for.

You will need to make an appointment to undertake tests before you can get your probationary driver licence. You will need to pass the following tests.

If you The requirements are
Currently hold a car learner permit
Have held a motorcycle licence within
the last 5 years
And have indicated on your application form that you have a medical or eyesight condition
  • A medical or eyesight report may be required.

* You may take the hazard perception test from 17 years and 11 months of age.

To make a booking and pay the appointment fee you can:

* A card payment fee applies

If you want to change your appointment you will need to pay an additional appointment fee. The test fee can be transferred to a new time (or refunded if the test is cancelled) and at least 24 hours notice is given.

Failure to provide at least 24 hours notice will result in you forfeiting your appointment and test fees. No refund will be provided.

Please note that once the appointment is booked, it can only be changed by the appointment holder.

If you are more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you will be required to rebook your appointment for the next available timeslot and pay another appointment fee.

There are no concessions available for appointment, test or licence fees.

Medical condition

If you have a medical condition or take prescribed medications, which may affect your fitness to drive, you will need to provide the relevant medical reports.

You must provide a medical report and get clearance from VicRoads before you can be issued with a driver licence. If you are not sure whether you need to supply a medical report please call VicRoads on 13 11 71.

In order to be issued with a probationary driver licence, you must successfully pass a hazard perception test.

You must be at least 17 years and 11 months of age to attempt the hazard perception test. The test results are valid for 12 months.

The hazard perception test must be passed before you can attempt the drive test.

What to bring to the appointment

You will need to bring your car learner permit card (or where this has been lost or misplaced, your original evidence of identity documents) to the hazard perception test appointment.

Test results

When you have completed the hazard perception test you will receive your results straight away.

Number of tests per day

You are only permitted to attempt the hazard perception test twice in one day.

Drive test booking on the same day

If you have booked your hazard perception test and your drive test for the same day and you do not pass:

  • you are not permitted to attempt the drive test on that day
  • you will need to make a new appointment to sit the hazard perception test
  • you will need to pay an appointment transfer fee as the drive test appointment must be rescheduled.

For more information please see the Hazard perception test page.

To undertake your drive test, you will need to bring along to your appointment:

  1. your learner permit card (or where this has been lost or misplaced, your original evidence of identity documents)
  2. learner log book (if applicable)
  3. a vehicle (or your instructor’s vehicle) to use for the drive test.

Test results

When you have completed the drive test you will receive your results straight away. Your drive test results are valid for 12 months.

Probationary driver licence type and receipt

If you have passed the drive test you will need to pay for your licence. When you have paid you will be given a stamped driver licence receipt. This receipt is valid for 2 months, or until the day that you receive your probationary driver licence card in the mail.

The type of probationary driver licence issued will depend on your age:

Age Description
Under 21 A 4 year probationary licence with 12 months
at P1 level and 3 years at P2 level *
21 or older A 3 year probationary licence at P2 level *

* If you hold or have held an overseas driver licence, the period of time you need to hold a probationary driver licence may differ.

Check the conditions and restrictions that apply to probationary driver licences.

From 1 September 2015, if you fail a VicRoads practical driving test you'll no longer be able to drive in Victoria using your overseas driver licence.

More information on the changes to overseas driver licence rules

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