Steps to getting a driver's licence

Getting a driver’s licence involves gradually progressing through a series of stages until you qualify for a full licence.

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

  1. Step 1

    Learner's permit

    To be issued a learner's permit you must be 16 years or older and pass either:

    While learning you must gain at least 75 hours of supervised driving experience, including 15 hours at night, over 12 months. This must be recorded in a log book.

  2. Step 2

    P1 provisional licence

    Before you apply you must have:

    • held a learner's permit for at least 12 months (six months if you're 25 or over)
    • completed the supervised driving requirements and recorded them in your log book
    • passed the hazard perception test.

    Options for progressing to P1 licence

  3. Step 3

    P2 provisional licence

    Your P1 licence will automatically be upgraded to a P2 licence when both of these apply:

    • you are at least 18 years of age
    • you have held a P1 licence for a minimum of twelve months.

  4. Step 4

    Full licence

    You can apply for a full driver's licence when you have met all these conditions:

    • you've held your provisional licence for at least three years (including at least 12 months on P1 and at least 2 years on P2)
    • you're at least 20 years of age.

    To apply, go to a Service SA customer service centre with:

    • your provisional licence
    • the fee for your driver's licence.

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