Apply for a provisional licence

You must be at least 17 years old to apply for a provisional car licence.

What you'll need

To apply for your provisional licence you must have:

  • a learner's permit for at least:
    • 12 months if you're between 17 and 24 years old
    • 6 months if you're at least 25 years old
  • completed at least 75 hours of supervised driving including a minimum of 15 hours at night with a qualified supervising driver or a driving instructor. This must be recorded in a log book.
  • passed either a:
    • Vehicle on Road Test (VORT)  practical driving test with a VORT authorised examiner
    • Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A) course
  • a certificate of competency for passing either the VORT test or CBT&A course
  • passed the hazard perception test.

If you live more than 100 kilometres as the crow flies from a place where the test is conducted, or on Kangaroo Island, you are exempt from having to pass the hazard perception test.

  1. Step 1

    Practical driving test

    To be issued a provisional licence you must pass either:

    • a Vehicle on Road Test (VORT)  practical driving test with a VORT authorised examiner
    • a Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A) 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.

    Choosing a  driver instructor

    Once you've completed the practical driving test or competency based training, you'll be issued a certificate of competency.

    More information - Practical driving options to progress to P1 Provisional Licence

  2. Step 2

    Practice the 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.

    More information - Hazard perception test.

    Practice the hazard perception test online.

  3. Step 3

    Book a hazard perception test

    To book, phone Service SA on 13 10 84. Testing times are 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

    • Tests can be taken at any Service SA  centre except Regency Park and Mile End.
    • Pay the $35 fee to do the hazard perception test. Alternatively, this can be paid when you attend in person at a Service SA centre. The fee is charged each time you attempt the test.
  4. Step 4

    Attend a Service SA centre

    Go to your hazard perception test appointment with the following documentation:

    • learner's permit
    • certificate of competency
    • learner's permit
    • Driving Companion with your completed declaration showing completion of the compulsory driving hours.
    • a completed application form (237.2 KB PDF),

    Take and pass the hazard perception test.

    At the counter pay the provisional licence fee and you'll be issued with a temporary licence.

    Provisional licence: $173 fee.

    Provisional licence - concession: $96.50 fee.

What happens next

You should receive your provisional licence card in the post within 3 weeks.

If you don't receive the licence card within 3 weeks phone Service SA on 13 10 84. If you don't contact Service SA within 30 days you may need to pay a replacement fee.

Driving on your Ps

Your provisional licence is valid for 3 years - P1 for 1 year and P2 for 2 years.

On your P's you can drive independently, without a qualified supervising driver or driving instructor but there are conditions.

You must carry your provisional licence card or digital licence when driving and show it to a police officer when asked.

P1 conditions apply for a minimum of 12 months before you may progress to a P2 licence.

P2 conditions for the remaining period of your provisional licence.

If you're eligible your P1 licence will automatically be upgraded to a P2 licence when both of these apply:

  • you're at least 18 years old
  • you've held a P1 licence for a minimum of 12 months.

Full driver's licence

When you are due to progress to your full driver's licence, a licence renewal notice will be posted 4 to 6 weeks before your P2 licence expires. Your provisional conditions will finish midnight of the expiry of your P2 licence.

Renew online or go to a Service SA centre to get your full licence:

Renew licence

Need help?

Contact Service SA


Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within 3 working days.

If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, phone or visit a Service SA centre instead.

Enquire now


Call Service SA between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays:

In person

Service SA centre locations and opening hours.

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