Licence conditions

A driver's licence or learner's permit may be subject to a number of conditions.

Standard licence conditions

Licences subject to conditions may have any of the following codes printed on the front of the photo licence card:

  • A - automatic vehicle
  • B - syncromesh transmission
  • E - motorcycle up to 660ml
  • I - alcohol interlock device
  • S - corrective lenses
  • T - automatic truck/bus
  • V - modified vehicle
  • X - miscellaneous (further information will be printed on the reverse side of your photo licence card)
  • Y - court restriction
  • Z - no alcohol

Learner permit conditions

The holder of a learner's permit is subject to the following conditions and must:

  • display 'L' plates
  • carry learner's permit at all times whilst driving
  • not exceed the speed limit by more than 10 km/h
  • not exceed the 100 km/h speed limit at any time
  • not accumulate four or more demerit points during the learner's permit period
  • not use any function of a mobile phone
  • not drive a motor vehicle with any concentration of alcohol or illegal substances in their blood
  • drive with a qualified supervising driver in the seat next to the driver (car learner drivers only)

If the holder of a learner's permit breaches any of these conditions, they may be issued with a disqualification notice.

For further information, visit the learner's stage page on the MyLicence website.

Visit the motorcycle learner's permit page on the MyLicence website for motorcycle learner's information.

Provisional licence conditions

P1 licence holders

The holder of a P1 licence is subject to the following conditions and must:

  • display 'P' plates
  • carry provisional licence at all times whilst driving
  • not exceed the speed limit by more than 10 km/h
  • not exceed the 100 km/h speed limit at any time
  • not accumulate four or more demerit points during the period of the provisional licence
  • not use any function of a mobile phone
  • not drive a motor vehicle with any concentration of alcohol or illegal substances in their blood
  • not drive a high-powered vehicle while under the age of 25 unless a certificate of exemption from high-powered restrictions has been issued.

P1 licence holders under the age of 25 years must not drive:

  • between midnight and 5 am
  • with more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 years (excluding immediate family members) unless a Qualified Supervising Driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria.

For further information visit the P1 provisional licence page on the MyLicence website.

P2 licence holders

The holder of a P2 licence is subject to the same conditions as a provisional 1 licence holder, except for the following:

  • no longer required to display 'P' plates
  • able to use mobile phone fuctions such as hands-free and Bluetooth technology

P2 licence holders under the age of 25 years are now able to drive:

  • between midnight and 5 am
  • with more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 years

For further information visit the P2 provisional licence page on the MyLicence website.

If the holder of a provisional licence breaches any of these conditions, they will be issued with a disqualification notice.

High powered vehicle restrictions

If you're not sure if a vehicle is classed as high powered, you can check the high powered vehicle status.

For further information visit the high powered vehicles page on the MyLicence website.

Probationary conditions

Probationary conditions may be applied to a driver's licence following a licence disqualification.

Probationary conditions generally apply for 12 months, but may be longer in some instances.

If a licence is subject to probationary conditions, the term 'probationary conditions' will be printed on the front of the licence photo card.

The holder of a licence subject to probationary conditions:

  • must not drive a motor vehicle or attempt to put a motor vehicle in motion on a road with any concentration of alcohol or illegal substances in their blood or saliva
  • must carry their licence at all times whilst driving
  • must not incur two or more demerit points during the probationary licence period
  • are not able to supervise the driving of a person with a learner's permit.

Alcohol interlock conditions

A person applying for a licence following a disqualification ordered by a court due to a serious drink driving offence will be issued a licence subject to mandatory alcohol interlock conditions.

Licence holders subject to alcohol interlock conditions must:

  • display 'P' plates during the period the alcohol interlock device is required
  • have a zero blood alcohol content
  • not incur two or more demerit points
  • carry licence at all times whilst driving
  • not drive a vehicle other than the vehicle they have nominated to have the alcohol interlock device installed into
  • not drive the nominated vehicle unless it is fitted with a properly functioning alcohol interlock device that has been installed by an approved alcohol interlock provider
  • not interfere with the alcohol interlock device or cause or permit the alcohol interlock device to be interfered with
  • carry when driving a certificate issued by the interlock provider certifying that the alcohol interlock device fitted to the vehicle was properly functioning when the vehicle was last examined
  • produce the certificate to a police officer if required to do so
  • produce the nominated vehicle for examination by an approved alcohol interlock provider when requested

For more information, visit the mandatory alcohol interlock scheme web page.

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If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

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Page last updated 27 July 2020

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Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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