The NSW licensing system has been designed to produce safe and efficient drivers and riders so it can give novice drivers the chance to safely build experience on the road and improve driving skills as they move from a learner to a full licence.
How to get your Learner Licence?
In order to get your learner licence you need to be 16 years of age or older. You will need to attend a NSW registry prove your identity and pass a Driver Knowledge Test (DKT).
Before taking the test you need to study the Road Users Handbook and Practice the DKT)Test.
You can book your DKT online at myTests, by phoning 13 22 13 or at any registry. the fees for this test is $41.
What you need to do after getting your Learner Licence?
The Learner Licence is valid for 5 years, your will be given a Learner driver log book so that you and your supervising driver(s) can record your driving experience. You will have to record at least 120 hours of supervised driving (which includes a minimum of 20 hours of night driving) before you can do the Driving Test. Night driving hours are between sunset and sunrise. **( if you are over 25 years, you are not requested to use the log book to do 120 hours of supervised driving).
What is the structured driving lessons?
Learner drivers who complete a one hour structured driving lesson with a fully licensed driving school instructor can record three hours driving experience in their Learner Driver Log Book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours driving experience in the Learner Driver Log Book.
Learner Driving Licence Requirements
- Be supervised at all times by the holder of a full Australian driver licence.
- Have L plates displayed conspicuously at the front and rear exterior of the car (or an L sign on the roof) when driving. The letter L on the plate must not be hidden.
- Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h.
- Not tow any other vehicle.
- Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration (this means you cannot drink before driving). 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 and you must wear the seat belt.
- Not use any functions of a mobile phone including hands free devices.