Apply for a learner's permit

Who is this for

People aged at least 16 years applying for a South Australian learner's permit.

What you need

You must obtain a learner's permit before you can become a fully licensed driver.

To apply for your learner's permit you will need to:

Learner's theory test

You must pass a learner's theory test to obtain a learner's permit.

You should study South Australian road rules and regulations before you attempt the test. You may take the online practice theory test.

Booking a test

You can book for a test during COVID-19 restrictions but there may be limited times available. To book a learner's theory test, call 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.

Sitting the test

Full evidence of identity must be provided before sitting the test.

You will need to have your licence photo taken.

If you pass the test, you can apply for your learner's permit immediately. A fee applies. A temporary permit will be issued.


See driver's licence and permit fees

What happens next

Your photo learner's permit will be posted to you and is valid for two years.

You must hold a learner's permit for:

  • at least 12 months if you are under 25
  • at least 6 months if you are 25 or over.

You can then apply for your provisional licence.

Contact Service SA

COVID-SAfe Check-In will roll out from 1 December 2020.


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, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

Enquire now


Call Service SA Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays on:

In person

Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.

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