Getting your Ps in 7 easy steps

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Having your Learners is nice, but you know what's nicer? Having your Ps! Here are 7 easy steps to help you move from your Ls to your Ps.

1. Clock up 120 hours of driving

Before you can go for your Ps you'll need to have had at least 120 hours of supervised driving experience (including 10 hours of night driving).

People who can supervise you include:

  • Parents
  • Guardians
  • Other family members

If you don't have access to a supervising driver or a vehicle to practise driving in, the L2P program (new window) works with local councils to provide vehicles and supervising drivers to help you get your 120 hours.

  • The L Site (new window) has some tips for getting 120 hours, including some suggested drives.
  • For more advice on driving on your Ls, check out our On Your Ls page.

Minimum time for being on your Ls

On top of clocking up 120 hours, there's also a minimum time that you have to be on your Ls before you can go for your Ps:

  • If you're 21 or under, you have to be on your Ls for 12 months
  • If you're between 22 and 24, you have to be on your Ls for 6 months 
  • If you're 25 or over you have to be on your Ls for 3 months

2. Book your test

To get your licence you'll need to pass three tests:

  • An eyesight test
  • The Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
  • The practical test (also known as the Drive Test)

To book these tests you can either:

If you make the appointment by phone or online, you'll need to pay immediately by credit card. If you drop in to make your appointment you can pay by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.

3. Take the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

The Hazard Perception Test shows you videos of traffic situations and requires you to make safe responses. It takes about 30 minutes.

You can register for the TAC's Drive Smart website (new window) to take a sample hazard perception test.

4. Take the Drive Test

On the day of the Drive Test you need to bring:

  • Your learner permit
  • Your appointment number and/or appointment receipt (this was issued to you when you made your appointment)
  • Your Hazard Perception Test results
  • Your logbook, signed by you and your supervising driver, proving you've had a minimum of 120 hours of driving practice
  • A clean, registered, roadworthy vehicle with L plates
  • Payment for your licence

You also need to bring evidence of your identity (see below).

Before the test you'll have your eyesight tested. If your eyesight is okay you'll be able to take the test.

The Drive Test lasts for about 30 minutes and checks that you can:

  • Correctly control your vehicle
  • Obey the road rules
  • Co-operate with other road users
  • Drive safely

During the test, your VicRoads Testing Officer will give you simple, clear instructions, like, "At the next street, turn right."

If you're unsure about an instruction, you can ask the Testing Officer to repeat it. They will mark you on how well you follow the instructions.

If you do anything illegal or unsafe, the Testing Officer can stop the test. They can also stop the test if anyone interferes or tries to help you.

Check out the VicRoads Drive Test pages (new window) and our 10 Tips for the Drive Test page for more information about the Drive Test.

5. Prove your identity

Documents you can use as proof of identity include:

  • One primary document (for example, passport or original birth certificate - birth certificate extracts don't count)
  • One secondary document (for example, Medicare card, student identity card)
  • One evidence of residence document (you'll only need this if your address isn't shown on your primary and secondary documents)

You need the original documents with you to get your Probationary Licence. Photocopies don't count. At least one of these documents has to have your signature on it. If you don't have the right evidence of identity, you won't be able to get your Probationary Licence.

For full details about what counts as an evidence of identity document, check out the evidence of identity page (new window) on the VicRoads website.

Don't forget that you'll need to let VicRoads know about any medical conditions (epilepsy, poor eyesight, etc.) that may affect your driving.

6. Pay for it

Once you've proven who you are you'll be asked to pay for your brand new Probationary Licence. You can pay using cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card. A list of licence and learner permit fees (new window) is available on the VicRoads website.

7. Go for a drive!

If you pass all three tests, then congratulations! You're now officially a P-plater!

The first thing you'll need is a set of P plates. Whether you decide to buy, borrow or make your own, it's important to make sure that they meet the requirements listed on the VicRoads Displaying P Plates page (new window).

Now it's time to familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations that apply to probationary drivers. Check out our On your Ps page for more information.

Good luck and safe driving!

Links

L2P
The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program matches learner drivers under 21 with supervising drivers and vehicles.

The L Site
Helping pre-learners, learners and supervising drivers with L and P plate tests.

Vic Roads -  Licences
Links, tips, information and answers to questions on dozens of licence and driving related topics.

TAC - Road Safety
A range of tools to help you learn how to stay safe on the road.