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.
- Step 1
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Step 4
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.