120 hours driving experience

All learner drivers under the age of 21 are required to complete 120 hours of supervised driving (including 20 hours at night) and record these hours in their learner log book.

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120 hours of supervised driving

Learner drivers under the age of 21 must complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience (including at least 20 hours at night) before they can take the drive test.

These hours must be recorded in the myLearners app, or an official learner log book that’s signed by the learner driver and their supervising driver. 

This log book is given to the learner driver free of charge when they pass the learner permit test, and the myLearners app is free to download.

Learner drivers who do not accumulate 120 hours (including at least 20 hours at night) and have not been exempted from this requirement, will not be allowed to take the drive test and will forfeit their appointment and test fees. 

Learner drivers will not be allowed to complete the learner log book at the VicRoads Customer Service Centre on the day of their drive test appointment.

Anyone aged 21 or older doesn’t need to fill out a log book or complete any minimum amount of supervised driving. 

Interstate or overseas learner drivers under the age of 21 will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving (including 20 hours at night) before they can take the drive test.

This table shows the log book requirements where some or all of the supervised driving hours have been completed interstate or overseas.

If you have You must
  • Recorded 120 hours of supervised driving (including at least 20 hours at night) in an interstate or overseas log book.
  • Present your interstate or overseas log book at a Customer Service Centre.
  • Complete a Declaration of Learner Log Book Completion stating you have completed a minimum 120 hours of driving experience (including at least 20 hours of night driving).
  • Recorded less than 120 hours of supervised driving in an interstate or overseas log book.
  • Present your interstate or overseas log book at a Customer Service Centre.
  • If you are from Queensland, you must present an Application for approval of Queensland Learner log book' letter from Queensland Transport advising that the log book has been assessed and passed.
  • Write the total number of hours competed (included hours of night driving) in the Victorian Learner Log Book as a single entry.
  • Continue to record your remaining hours required in a Victorian learner log book.
  • Had supervised driving experience but did not record any time in a log book.
  • Been granted an exemption from completing all 120 hours or from completing some of the 120 hours.
  • Write the total number of hours exempted in the Victorian learner log book as a single entry.
  • Continue to record your remaining hours required in a Victorian learner log book.
  • Bring the exemption letter to the drive test appointment.

The initial Victorian learner log book will be provided to the learner driver at no charge.

Experienced drivers

Learner drivers must have a supervising driver seated beside them at all times while driving.

The supervising driver must have:

  • a current, full (not probationary) Australian driver licence that authorises the person to drive the type of vehicle that is being driving by the learner, or
  • a current, full (not probationary or provisional) overseas driver licence that authorises them to drive the type of vehicle being driven by the learner.

When supervising a learner driver, all supervising drivers must:

  • carry their driver licence with them
  • have a 0.05 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) requirement (or zero BAC if they’re an authorised driving instructor, or have a ‘Z’ condition on their licence)
  • not drink alcohol while supervising
  • complete their details in the 'List for Supervising Drivers' and 'Declaration of Completion' in the learner driver’s Learner Log Book.

A supervising driver with licence restrictions such as hand controls, automatic transmission, alcohol interlock etc is not prohibited from being the supervising driver for a learner driver. The supervising driver must not contravene any provision of the restriction.

 

Accepted learner log book

A learner log book will only be accepted by VicRoads if:

  • it is an official learner log book issued by VicRoads (photocopies are not acceptable)
  • the learner driver and supervising driver have both completed and signed the Declaration of Completion
  • total number of driving hours recorded is at least 120 hours
  • the total number of night driving hours is at least 20 hours
  • all supervising drivers have provided sufficient information about their identity, which includes their licence number (instructor's number for driving instructors) and signature
  • all supervising drivers held a full car licence at the time of the practice drives
  • all details for each trip are complete and a supervising driver has signed each trip entry.
     

Not accepted learner log book

VicRoads will not accept the learner log book if:

  • any pages or parts of pages are damaged, illegible or missing log entries have not been completed in pen
  • any entries have been deleted or modified using 'white - out' or similar methods, or the learner driver's details are not provided at the top of every page
  • any entries are made at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre on the day of a licence test
  • VicRoads is not satisfied that the entries are valid or complete.

Learner log book incomplete or incorrect when checked by VicRoads

The learner driver will:

  • forfeit any appointment and test fees
  • wait at least 6 weeks before a licence test can be undertaken
  • complete or correct the log book prior to any licence test
  • be aware that it is an offence to get, or attempt to get a driver licence through a false statement, misrepresentation or other dishonest means, including falsely completing any part of your learner log book. The maximum penalty is a significant fine or imprisonment for up to two months.

Declaration of completion

This is a legal statement that certifies the learner driver has completed a minimum of 120 hours including at least 20 hours at night of supervised driving experience.

Exemption from 120 hours driving experience

If the learner driver is unable to record the required supervised driving time requirement due to undue hardship, you can apply for an exemption (External link)

Motorcycle riding experience

Motorcycle riding experience will not count towards the learner driver’s 120 hours of supervised driving experience for a car licence.

Changes to night time driving hours

From 1 November 2017, learner drivers will need to have 20 hours of night time driving instead of 10.

You’ll only be affected by this change if you're under 21 and issued a learner permit on or after 1 November 2017.

If you were issued with a learner permit before 1 November 2017, you are only required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of night time driving. 

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