Using your Learner Driver Log Book
Got your Ls? Find out how to record your 120 hours of supervised driving in a learner driver log book.
How to complete your log book
If you're under the age of 25, you will need to complete 120 hours of supervised driving with a supervisor or licensed driving instructor.
There are two ways you can record your hours:
- the paper log book – given to you when you get your learner licence, or
- one of the digital log book apps accepted by Transport for NSW and Service NSW.
Paper log book
You'll be given a log book when you are issued your learner licence. You will need to bring your completed log book with you when you take the Driving Test.
If you choose to use a paper log book, make sure you take care of it. If you lose your learner log book you'll lose your driving record.
You can get a replacement log book at a service centre after paying the $18replacement fee.
Log book apps
You can choose to use a digital log book app. It's an easy way to log your hours, learn and achieve your driving goals. You also won't have to worry about losing your log book.
Once you've finished recording your hours, you can submit your log book through the app.
The only apps Transport for NSW accepts are:
How many hours you must log
- If you are under 25 – you must log at least 120 hours of supervised driving. This needs to include at least 20 hours of night driving (between sunset and sunrise). You need to complete these requirements before you can take a driving test, unless you are exempt. Completing the Safer Driver Course and 3 for 1 bonus hours can help you reach the 120 hours faster.
- If you are 25 or over – you don't have to log driving hours. However, you should still do lots of supervised driving to build your skills. You can still use a log book or log book app but do not need to submit it to Service NSW.
Why you need practical driving experience
Learner drivers who have more supervised, on-road driving practice lower their chances of being involved in crashes.
Getting supervised driving experience in a range of conditions is important.
It's often not until the later stages of supervised driving that more challenging driving situations, including driving at night, are introduced.
Practice driving planner
The Practice drives weekly planner (PDF 83.5KB) is available to supervisors and learner drivers to help plan on-road driving practice.
- Plan to practice on different types of roads with different levels of traffic
- Ensure the learner driver is driving at different times of the day
- Make sure you plan some night drives.
You do not have to complete a Learner Driver Log Book if you:
- are 25 or over
- previously held a NSW or interstate driver licence (other than a learner licence)
- previously held an overseas licence (other than a learner licence)
- hold an overseas licence (other than a learner licence) and are issued with a learner licence after failing one driving test
- are specifically exempted by Transport for NSW.
Recognising interstate experience
If you’ve held a learner licence in another Australian state or territory, we'll recognise the hours you've logged in an interstate learner driver log book.
You will need to provide evidence of your driving hours when applying for a NSW learner licence.
3 for 1 bonus hours
When you have a structured lesson with a driving instructor, you may be able to record bonus driving time in your log book.
This initiative allows you to log multiple hours when a structured driving lesson is completed.
- Driving with a licensed NSW driving instructor – you can record triple the time of your lesson in your log book. For example, if you have a 1-hour lesson, you can log 3 hours of driving practice.
- Applying bonus hours – a maximum of 10 hours with a driving instructor can be applied. This means that you can only log up to 20 bonus hours.
- Number of lessons you can have – there is no limit to how many lessons you can have with a driving instructor. There is only a limit on the number of bonus hours you can log for those lessons.
- Driving lessons at night – if you have a driving lesson at night, the bonus hours do not count towards your ‘night driving hours’ in your log book. They can only count as daytime driving hours.
- Lessons with an interstate instructor – the 3 for 1 bonus hours only apply when you drive with instructors who are licensed in NSW. If the instructor doesn’t hold a NSW instructor licence, you cannot log the extra driving time.
To be eligible for 3 for 1 bonus hours, each lesson with an instructor must aim to develop your skills according to the principles in your log book.
NSW Safer Drivers Course
An additional 20 hours of log book credit can be earned when you complete the NSW Safer Drivers Course.
The NSW Safer Drivers Course teaches people aged under 25 who have their learner licence to develop safe driving skills.
This course can help you understand speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness, safe following distances and how to keep driving safely when you get distracted.
The course has been designed for a learner to attend once, so the 20 hours of bonus log book credit will only be deducted once.
Logging your bonus hours
- Recording hours in a log book – If you use the paper log book, make sure you and the driving instructor record your bonus hours.
- Recording hours on a digital log book app – If you are using a digital log book app, the app will calculate the 3 for 1 bonus hours once you complete a driving lesson with a licensed driving instructor. You will need to enter the details of the instructor, as well as your lesson information.
Cheating on your learner log book
You and your supervisor can face heavy penalties if you are found to have made false entries in your log book. These hours will be rejected. You may be fined for every false entry that you have made, and barred from attempting the driving test for up to 6 weeks.
Getting your 120 hours can be a long and sometimes difficult process. But these hours are set to ensure you have enough supervised driving experience before you start driving solo.
Failing the driving test
If you fail the practical driving test, you don't need to record any more log book hours. However, you should consider getting more driving practice to help you pass your next test.
You can book another driving test straight away, but you'll need to wait at least 7 days between your last test and the next.