P1 & P2 probationary licence restrictions

Learn about the restrictions when you’re on your P1 or P2 licence.

You must:

  • carry a driver licence when driving.
  • show red P plates that can be seen from at least 20 metres away, on the front and back of your vehicle unless you’re:
    • a member of the police force driving a vehicle for work
    • a member of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) driving a vehicle for fire fighting operations
    • driving an ambulance service or a Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) vehicle for work.
  • have a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
  • drive an automatic vehicle and have an A condition on your licence if you were tested in one:
    • If you want to remove this restriction, visit licence conditions and refer to the A - Automatic transmission section for more information.

You can’t:

  • use a mobile phone of any kind (not even a hands-free, or hand-held to message) including a GPS
  • read any text messages
  • tow another vehicle or trailer unless:
    • in the course of your employment as requested by your employer
    • it’s solely used for agriculture, horticulture, dairy, pastoral, commercial fishing or similar
    • there’s a full licence driver sitting beside you
  • drive a probationary prohibited vehicle unless you’re:
    • a member of the police force driving a vehicle for work
    • driving the vehicle for work as requested by your employer
    • driving for your business or to and from the work place of that business, and there’s an active Australian Business Number (ABN) 
    • learning to drive a heavy vehicle with a person who holds a full licence sitting beside you 
    • granted an exemption from this restriction by VicRoads.

Peer passenger restriction

You can’t:

  • carry more than one peer passenger aged between 16 and less than 22 years old unless you’re:
    • a member of the police force driving a vehicle for work
    • driving an emergency vehicle for work
    • driving an emergency vehicle in line with any contract terms
    • driving with a full licence driver sitting beside you
    • granted an exemption from this restriction by VicRoads.

You must:

  • carry your P2 licence when driving
  • show green P plates that can be seen from at least 20 metres away, on the front and back of your vehicle unless you’re:
    • a member of the police force driving a vehicle for work
    • a member of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) driving a vehicle for fire fighting operations
    • driving an ambulance service or a Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) vehicle for work
  • have a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
  • drive an automatic vehicle and have an A condition on your licence if you were tested in one
    • If you want to remove this restriction, visit licence conditions and refer to the A - Automatic transmission section for more information. 

You can’t:

  • use a mobile phone of any kind (not even a hands-free or hand-held to message) including a GPS
  • read any text messages
  • drive a probationary prohibited vehicle unless you’re:
    • a member of the police force driving a vehicle for work
    • driving the vehicle for work as requested by your employer
    • driving for your business or to and from the work place of that business, and there’s an active Australian Business Number (ABN) 
    • learning to drive a heavy vehicle with a person who holds a full licence sitting beside you
    • granted an exemption from this restriction by VicRoads.

This is someone who’s at least 16 but less than 22 years old, but doesn’t include:

  • your spouse or domestic partner
  • your sibling or step-sibling. 

You won’t need to get an exemption if you’re a P1 driver carrying the above listed people.

The same probationary restrictions from your state will apply if you’re driving in Victoria. 

A P1 driver or corresponding novice driver must not drive a motor vehicle with more than one peer passenger. 

A peer passenger is a person who is at least 16 but less than 22 years of age, but does not include a person who is:

  • the spouse or domestic partner or
  • the sibling or step-sibling of the probationary P1 driver or corresponding novice driver. 

A corresponding novice driver is a person who holds a probationary or provisional licence issued by another jurisdiction or country and has held the licence for less than 12 months. 

It’s a good idea to visit information for tourists and check out the the road rules before you drive here.

If you ride a motorcycle or have a probationary restricted motorcycle licence, visit motorcycle licence and learner permit restrictions for more information.

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