Licence System

Step-by-step Permit to Licence system in South Australia is the regulated means of attaining the full driver licence. The procedure includes the following. After passing the Theory Test, then a minimum of 75 hours driving experience with a qualified supervising driver while in the Learner Permit stage.  Drivers will also need to satisfy the compulsory Hazard Perception Test to move from a Learners Permit also to P1. Once passing Driving Assessment you step up to the next phase of a two-stage Provisional Licence with P1 and P2 Licencing. This becomes an incentive for drivers whom are adhering to the Road rules, and penalizes those which do not.

STEP 1: Learner’s Permit

STEP 2: P1 Provisional Licence

  • At the age of 17 years and older
  • Having held a Learner’s Permit for a minimum of 12 months
  • Undertake a minimum of 75 hours (which also includes at least 15 hours of night driving) with Qualified supervising driver.
  • Successfully pass a VORT Test or also known as a Vehicle On Road Test or successfully  undertake and complete a Competency Based Training (CBT) course.

STEP 3: P2 Provisional Licence

  • Minimum of 18 years of age plus
  • Achieve and pass by successfully undertaking a Hazard Perception Test
  • Complete and competently pass driver awareness course if incurred loss of one, two or three demerit points and would like to move forwards after 12 months or maintain a Provisional 1 licence for 2 years.

STEP 4: Fully Licenced Driver

  • 19 years and over (20 years plus, if one to three demerit points were previously received)
  • Hold provisional licence continuously for minimum of two years including six months on P2