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Applying for a licence

During the COVID-19 pandemic Service SA has temporarily suspended some services to protect staff and customers. This may may affect the services detailed on this page.

Please visit Service SA for information or call 13 10 84 for assistance.

Who is this for

People aged at least 16 years who wish to obtain a South Australian driver’s licence and have never held an interstate or overseas licence.

What you'll need

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

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

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.
  • Payment for the test must be made at the time of booking.
Available booking times
Monday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Wednesday 9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Thursday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

Marion and Elizabeth customer service centres conduct testing until 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

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 progress to P1 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, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

Enquire now



GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

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