Restricted P1 licence
If you're under 25 and live in a remote area, you may be eligible for a restricted P1 licence.
What is a restricted P1 licence?
A restricted P1 licence lets you drive without a supervisor, in particular circumstances.
This type of licence makes it easier for young people in remote areas to travel to work, education and health-related appointments.
The restricted licence only lasts for 6 months. After that time, the restricted conditions will expire and the standard P1 licence rules will apply. After a further 6 months, you'll be able to upgrade to a P2 licence.
Check your eligibility
You can apply for the restricted P1 licence if:
- you live in Brewarrina, Walgett, Bourke, Broken Hill, Balranald or Hay
- you’ve completed 50 hours of supervised driving, including at least 10 hours of night driving
- you have passed a Hazard Perception Test (HPT) after holding your learner licence for 10 months
- you’ve held your learner licence for 12 months
- you’ve passed the driving test.
Rules for a restricted P1 licence
If you have a restricted P1 licence, you can only drive by yourself for particular reasons.
Note: you're allowed to take reasonable breaks during these trips if you need food, fuel or rest.
You can drive:
- to or from education facilities, institutions or courses
- as part of an education course
- to enrol in an education course
- to, from and in the course of vocational training.
You can drive:
- to, from and in the course of paid employment
- seeking paid employment (a job interview)
- to, from and in the course of formal community service.
You can drive to or from medical or health support, for yourself or another person.
How to apply
If you're eligible, you can book the HPT and driving test by calling 13 22 13. Or you can visit your local service centre.