New drivers

Steps to getting your driver's licence

Getting a driver's licence involves gradually progressing through a series of stages until you are ready to graduate to a full driver's licence.

It involves:

  1. booking and passing a licence theory test
  2. a learner's permit
  3. completing compulsory driving hours during the learner's permit stage
  4. booking and passing a compulsory hazard perception test
  5. P1 provisional licence for one year
  6. P2 provisional licence for two years
  7. graduating to a full driver's licence.

Tests can be completed at Service SA customer service centres between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm on Wednesdays (except public holidays).

Bookings are essential for all centres and payment must be made at the time of booking - phone 13 10 84.  Tests can't be taken at Service SA Regency Park.

The My Licence website has detailed information about driver's licences including the licence theory test, learner's permits, the hazard perception test, provisional licences, high-powered vehicles and more.

Digital licence

From October 2017, South Australians with a driver’s licence can digitise their licences with the mySA GOV app.

The mySA GOV app enables South Australians to securely store selected government-issued pass and licence information on their Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. Digital passes and licences displayed in the mySA GOV app are a duplicate of existing physical licences and can be accepted as a valid and legal document.

While digital passes and licences are now available in South Australia, there is no requirement to use a digital licence. Standard physical licences and passes will remain in use for the foreseeable future and will still be provided to all licence holders.

For more information about the mySA GOV app visit

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Driver's licence and permit fees

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Application form - South Australian learner's permit (132.6 KB PDF)

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