Western Australia

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So, you’re keen to get out on the roads in Western Australia. You’re wondering, how do I get a Western Australian driver’s licence?

Before you jump into the car with your full licence and journey into the sunset, there are a number of stages you will need to progress through.

Step 1: Get your learner’s permit

You need to get your learner’s permit before you can learn to drive a car.

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for learner’s permit to drive a car.

A learner’s permit is valid for 3 years. If your learner’s permit has expired, you will need to reapply to continue to learn to drive.

How to apply

To apply for your learner’s permit, you will need to visit a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre or regional agent and:

  • submit a completed driver’s licence application form (Form DLA1) (below)
  • show the required proof of identity documents
  • pay a fee for your application, theory test and learner log book
  • take and pass the theory test
  • take an eyesight test

Medical declaration

When you complete your application form, you must declare whether you have any medical conditions and/or take any medication.

You will be advised if you need a medical assessment before you are granted your learner’s permit.

You must go and get the medical assessment before you can continue with your application.

Step 2: Sit the theory test

To get your learner’s permit, you will need to pass a computerised theory test that assesses your understanding of the WA road rules.

You can sit the theory test on the same day you apply for your learner’s application.

You cannot use any mobile phone or device or refer to the Drive Safe handbook during the test.

You need to get at least 24 out of the 30 multiple choice questions correct to pass the test.

You can practice using our online Road Rules theory test quiz.

If you pass the test, you will need to:

  • pay your learner’s permit application fee to be issued with your learner’s permit
  • pay for your learner log book.

A pass result is valid for 5 years.

If you do not pass the theory test, you will need to resit the test and pay an additional resit fee.

Step 3:Learn to drive and log your hours

Once you have your learner’s permit, you can start learning to drive a car.

Rules for learning to drive

When learning to drive a car you must:

  • drive with a supervising driver
  • display L’ plates on the front and back of the vehicle when you are driving.
  • not exceed the posted speed limit, and you cannot exceed 100 km/h.
  • not have a blood alcohol concentration exceeding 0.00%
  • not drive or ride in areas where learners are not permitted, such as Kings Park.

Demerit points

Demerit points apply to learner drivers. If you accrue 4 demerit points your learner licence will be suspended or disqualified.

Log your supervised driving hours

If you’re under 25 years old

You will need to record at least 50 supervised driving hours in your Learner Log Book before you can take your driving test.

5 of your 50 supervised driving hours need to be completed at night between sunset and sunrise.

If you are 25 years or older

You do not need to log any hours before applying for your driving test.

Step 4: Sit the hazard perception test 

The hazard perception test is a computer-based test that shows various traffic situations and assesses your ability to assess road hazards and make safe driving decisions.

During the test, you will need to use your mouse to click to indicate when it is safe to begin a manoeuvre or take action to reduce the risk of an accident.

You must pass the hazard perception test before you can take your practical driving assessment.

Step 5: Take the practical driving assessment

The practical driving assessment (PDA) will determine whether you’re ready for your provisional licence.

To take your PDA you must:

  • be at least 17 years old
  • have had your learner’s permit for at least 6 months
  • have recorded at least 50 hours of supervised driving in your Learner Log Book, including 5 hours of night time driving (if under 25 years old)
  • passed the hazard perception test
  • feel confident that you can drive safely without a supervised driver.

Book your PDA

You can book your PDA:

  • online via DoTDirect for all metropolitan Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centres and most regional agency sites. You will need to create a DoTDirect account to book online.
  • in person at a regional DoT office or agent. In person bookings cannot be made at metropolitan DVS centres.

Step 7: Get your provisional licence

To get your provisional licence (P plates) you must:

  • pass the practical driving assessment (PDA)
  • have your photo taken
  • pay the renewal fee for your licence
  • not have accrued more than 4 demerit points.

You will be on a provisional licence for 2 years. While driving during this time, you must:

  • display red P plates for the first 6 months
  • display green P plates for the remaining 18 months until you have upgraded to a full licence
  • follow the night time driving restrictions for the first 6 months.
  • have a 0.00% blood alcohol content.

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