Returning drivers

If you have not held a full, provisional, interstate or overseas driver's licence in the last five years, you will need to re-apply for a South Australian licence.

What you'll need

Before you can be issued a licence, you will need to present your evidence of identity and apply for a learner's permit. A learner's permit is issued for the purpose of undertaking a practical driving test.   You will also need to pass the:

Returning drivers are exempt from:

  • completing 75 hours of supervised driving
  • holding a learner's permit for a minimum period.

How to apply

To apply for your licence take these documents to a Service SA customer service centre and pay the licence fee.

You will receive a temporary driver’s licence and your photo licence will be posted to you.


Fees apply for each test and for the issue of a licence.

Driver's licence and permit fees

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.

Enquire now


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

In person

Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.

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