Apply for a provisional licence
You must be at least 17 years old to apply for a South Australian provisional car licence.
What you'll need
To apply for your provisional car licence you must have:
- held a learner's permit for at least 12 months, if you're aged between 17 and 24
- completed 75 hours of supervised driving, including 15 hours night driving
- passed a practical driving test
- passed the hazard perception test.
If you are 25 or older, you must have had your learner's permit for at least six months.
Practical driving test
To be issued a provisional licence you must either:
- pass a practical driving test with a qualified driving instructor that you have booked at least three days ahead
- complete a competency based training course with a qualified driving instructor, who will assess your competency in a series of practical driving sessions.
You'll need to pay your driving instructor for either the practical driving test or competency based training.
Once you've completed the practical driving test or competency based training, you'll be issued a certificate of competency.
Hazard perception test
You must pass a hazard perception test before you can apply for your provisional licence.
Study the South Australian road rules and regulations before attempting the test. Practice the hazard perception test online.
Booking a test
To book a hazard perception test, phone Service SA on 13 10 84.
Tests can be taken at any Service SA customer service centre, except Regency Park and Mile End.
Payment for the test must be made at the time of booking.
How to apply
Once you have passed a hazard perception test, present your:
- learner's permit
- logbook showing 75 hours of completed driving
- certificate of competency
- a completed application form
to a Service SA customer service centre. Once the fee is paid, a temporary licence will be issued.
What happens next
Your photo provisional licence will be posted to you and is valid for three years, P1 for one year and P2 for two years.
P1 conditions apply for a minimum of 12 months before you may progress to a P2 licence. If you're eligible, the transition to a P2 licence will be automatic once the 12 month P1 period is completed. You will be on P2 conditions for the remaining period of your provisional licence.
When you are due to progress to your full licence, a licence renewal will be posted four to six weeks before your P2 licence expires. You can renew online and your provisional conditions will finish midnight of the expiry of your P2 licence.
Contact Service SA
Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within three working days.
If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, phone or visit a customer service centre instead.
Call Service SA between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays:
Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.