Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get my Ls?

Students can obtain their Learner Licence immediately they turn 16 years of age. If they have studied the Driver Knowledge Test and know the road rules, it is as simple as going to the RTA with appropriate identification then passing the computer based test.

I have my L plates – what happens next?

All road users must follow the NSW road rules and regulations. They have been developed to keep everybody safe on our roads.

All learner drivers are required to:

  • Be supervised at all times by the holder of a full Australian driver licence. People holding P Plates cannot supervise learner drivers.
  • Have “L” plates displayed clearly at the front and rear exterior of the car whenever driving. The letter “L” on the plate must not be hidden or obscured in any way.
  • Observe a maximum speed limit of 80 km/h unless in areas where the limit is lower.
  • Not tow any other vehicle.
  • Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration (this means learners cannot drink before driving, or have any alcohol in their system when driving a vehicle). It is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs.
  • Not supervise another learner driver.
  • Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat belts or child restraints.
  • Only drive vehicles that have a seat belt fitted to the driver’s position. All drivers must wear a seat belt at all times.
  • Never use a mobile phone while driving. This also includes hands free, or in car speaker devices.
  • Failure to comply with any of the above requirements is an offence, carries heavy penalties and you may even lose your licence.

What is involved in taking the Drivers Knowledge Test (DKT)?

The RTA computer selects questions at random from a bank of more than 600 examples. All people sitting the test will be asked 15 general knowledge questions, and they must get at least 12 correct. They will then be asked 30 road safety questions (including questions on traffic signs) and must answer at least 29 correctly to pass.

When should I take my first professional driving lesson?

Professional Driver Education recommends that all learner drivers take their first driving lesson as quickly as possible after obtaining their Learners Licence. It is important to quickly develop a strong platform that will help with their learning progression. Each learner needs to establish a safe and strong foundation that they can confidently build on with mum and dad, or with any other supervising drivers. At Professional Driver Education, each learner will receive a personal learning plan that reflects their individual level of skill and driving experience, so that every time they drive a vehicle it becomes a safe and enjoyable experience.

How do I get my Provisional P1 Licence (Red P plates)?

For learner drivers who obtained their license at 16 years of age, once they turn 17 they are eligible to sit the P1 Driving Examination. All learners between the ages of 17 and 25 must have logged a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience, including at least 20 hours of night driving. All learners under 25 years of age must have held their learners permit for a minimum of 12 months, while drivers over the age of 25 are exempt from this regulation.