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Frequently Asked Questions



What do I need to do to get my learners permit?
Applying for your learner permit is the first step to getting your licence. To get your learner permit to drive a car you must be at least 16 years of age.
 
To get a car learner permit you will need to pass an eyesight test and a multiple choice theory test on road law which is computer based.

To prepare for your car learner permit test you can buy the “Road to Solo Driving” handbook, available in 5 languages including English. You can view a read only version of both handbooks online and purchase a copy from Vicroads bookshop online, VicRoads Customer Service Centres, RACV offices, selected newsagents and bookshops.
 
Important: If you have a medical condition that affects your driving, you must provide a medical report and clearance from Medical Review prior to doing your learner permit test. If you are not sure whether you need to supply a medical report please contact Medical Review on Tel: (03) 9854 2407.
 
Before attempting your learner permit test, take the practice tests to familiarise yourself with the structure and layout of the tests.

All learner drivers will have to carry their learner permit with them when driving and they will be banned from using a mobile phone, including hands-free, while driving. 
 
What do I need to do to get my probationary licence?
A probationary licence allows you to drive a car solo on the road. You can only attempt to get your Ps if you are 18 years of age or over.

This is what you need to do:

  • 120 hours of driving experience recorded in the Learner Log Book
  • make an appointment and prepare for your tests. You can book your test online at http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/
  • provide a medical report before the test (if you have a medical condition)
  • do the Hazard Perception Test
  • do the Drive Test
  • know the rules for P drivers.



Learners who are under 21 years of age when applying for a probationary licence will need to have a minimum learner period of 12 months and a minimum of 120 hours of supervised learner driving experience. If the learner permit is issued before 1 July 2007 this requirement will not apply.

Learners aged 21 years or more when applying for a probationary licence must hold a learner permit for at least six months if under 25 years of age, or three months if 25 years or older. These learners will not have to meet any minimum experience requirements.
 
The Testing Officer will generally be testing your ability to do the following:

  • drive safely
  • control the car smoothly
  • obey the road rules
  • co-operate with other road users.



New P1 licences will apply from July 2008
From 1 July 2008, the new P1 licences will be issued and everyone applying for a probationary licence will need to pass the same tests. (Drivers with a probationary licence issued before 1 July 2008 will be licensed under the old system.)
 
Probationary drivers aged under 21 years when first licensed will have a minimum of 12 months on a P1 licence, where all mobile phone use is banned and there is a restriction on towing unless it is for work or the P1 driver is under instruction.
 
Probationary drivers who are aged 21 years or older when first licensed will move directly to a P2 licence.
 
All P1 holders will be subject to new restrictions on driving high powered cars and will need a good driving record to graduate to the next type of licence. If a P1 licence is suspended as a result of a driving offence, accumulation of demerit points, or a penalty imposed by a Court, the probationary period will be extended by six months plus the suspension period. P1 drivers will also be subject to a passenger limit for the balance of their P1 period.
 
New P2 licences will apply from July 2008
From 1 July 2008, the new P2 licences will be issued and everyone applying for a probationary licence will need to pass the same tests. (Drivers with a probationary licence issued before 1 July 2008 will be licensed under the old system.)
 
Probationary drivers who are aged 21 years or older when first licensed will move directly to a P2 licence.
 
All P2 licence holders will also be subject to new restrictions on driving high powered cars and will need a good driving record to graduate to the next type of licence. If a P2 licence is suspended as a result of a driving offence, accumulation of demerit points, or a penalty imposed by a Court, the probationary period will be extended by six months plus the suspension period.
 
Information for licensed drivers under the age of 26
From the 1st January 2007 new laws and penalties will apply to fully licensed drivers under the age of 26.
 
Fully licensed drivers under 26 caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .07 or higher, will now have an alcohol interlock fitted to their vehicle when they return to driving. Drivers must also be in possession of their licence at all times when driving or in charge of a vehicle.
 
What is a Learner Log Book?
The Learner Log Book is free when you get your learner permit. In it you must record at least 120 hours of supervised driving experience, including 10 hours at night.
 
Should I learn in an automatic vehicle? 
It depends on your individual preference. It is easier to learn in an automatic vehicle, since you do not have to worry about a clutch or changing gears, which means you will probably require fewer lessons. It is important to note that if you obtain an automatic vehicle licence, you will not be licensed to drive a manual car while holding your probationary licence.
 
How many lessons will I need to pass the practical Drive Test?
It depends on the individual and their previous driving experience and learning abilities.
 
Our instructors will tailor every lesson to the individual student, and will keep you informed on your progress, as well as areas that need more practise outside lesson times.
 
Generally a new learner can be taught to drive with between 8 and 15 lessons (provided they have completed the minimum 120 hours practical driving experience).
 
How long do lessons go for?
Standard lessons run for 1 hour however, 1 ½ lessons and double lesson for 2 hours can also be booked if requested.  Lessons will begin from your previously nominated location, including your home, school, train station, bus stop, shopping centre or Vic Roads.
 
What are Vic Roads Fees & Charges?
Please check the Vic Roads website for current booking fees and other charges.
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Licences/FeesFormsAndFAQs/LicensingFees/DriverLicenceandLearnerPermitfees.htm

Why do I need to have lessons from a qualified driving instructor?

  • Professional, Patient, Experienced Learning


Our instructors are very experienced and provide training with the most effective and up to date driving techniques to ensure that you become a skilled, competent and safe driver before you attempt the practical Drive Test.  All lessons are tailored to the individuals needs.

Our cars are very modern, safe and comfortable, with dual controls to ensure a safe learning experience while you gain the confidence to drive on you own!

  • Understanding of Vic Roads Procedures


Our instructors deal with Vic Roads on a daily basis and understand the scoring methods, and commonly used testing routes, and the most common mistakes made by drivers. Our instructors offer their students the advantage of this knowledge.

What do I bring to the test?
If you’re late for your test or don’t have all the items listed below, you will not be able to take the test and your fees will not be refunded.  Your Log Book must be correct and complete or you will not be able to take the test, your appointment and test fees will not be refunded and you may have to wait upto six weeks before you can take the test.
learner permit card your appointment number. Book an appointment online or call 13 11 71 your Hazard Perception test results a car to complete the test in (see information on allowed cars below)
your Learner Log Book – correct and completely filled out (only relevant if you obtained your Ls after 1 July 2007 and are aged under 21 when applying for your Ps)
overseas licence holders must provide a current overseas licence or International Driver Permit. If driver is not a permanent resident of Australia they must also provide their passport.
payment for licence fees (cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard).
  
Who is allowed in the car during my test?
A VicRoads licence testing officer will conduct the test. Sometimes a second VicRoads officer may be in the car to receive training or to monitor the testing officer’s performance. This second officer will not affect your test. 
When completing your test in dual-control vehicle, your qualified driving instructor (with a Driver Instructor Authority number) can sit in the front passenger seat during your test, but they are generally not allowed to communicate with you or in any way influence your driving during the test.  Your driving instructor is permitted to repeat an instruction given to you by the testing officer if required.
 
What car is allowed to be used for the Drive Test?
You will take the test in a car provided by you or your driving instructor. It should be:

  • registered, roadworthy, and clean
  • fitted with seat belts for all occupants
  • able to maintain a comfortable temperature
  • fitted with ‘L’ plates
  • fitted with a working speedo display on the dashboard that the testing officer can easily see. 
  • capable of having the headlights (low beam) turned on during the test
  • fitted with a centrally mounted handbrake that the front passenger can operate if required (this is unnecessary in a dual control vehicle if a driving instructor is in the front passenger seat)
  • fitted with doors that can be opened from the inside
  • fitted with normal manual transmission if you want a manual driver licence to be issued.