Getting your driver licence
What are the steps to getting a NSW driver licence? Here's what you need to know, from getting your learner licence to a full licence.
Steps to get your licence
You need a licence to drive a vehicle on NSW roads. Here are the steps to get your licence.
The learner licence is the first step in getting your full driver licence through the Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS).
The GLS is the process you need to go through to get a full licence. By building up your driving experience and passing the required tests, you will gain the skills and knowledge to be a safe driver.
On your learner licence (or your Ls), you develop your driving skills under the supervision of a driver with a full licence.
To get your learner licence, you need to:
Provisional P1 licence
Getting a provisional P1 licence (also known as 'red Ps') means you can drive a car unsupervised.
To get a P1 licence, you must:
If you're under 25, you must:
- have held your learner licence for at least 12 months
- have logged 120 hours of driving time in a learner driver log book (including 20 hours of night driving).
Do you live in a remote area?
If you're under 25 and live in a remote area, you may be eligible for a restricted P1 licence.
Provisional P2 licence
The provisional P2 licence (or 'green Ps') is the next step in the journey to getting your full licence.
When you have held your provisional P1 licence for at least 12 months, you can apply for a provisional P2 driver licence.
Most customers can apply for a P2 licence online.
When you've had your green Ps for at least 2 years, you can get a full (unrestricted) driver licence.
To apply for a full licence, you must:
- have held your P2 licence for at least 2 years
- pass an eyesight test.
Changes to Driver Qualification Test (DQT)
You no longer need to take the DQT to progress from your P2 licence to a full licence.