The driving test is a practical, on-road test that you take
with a Roads and Maritime testing officer.
It focuses on hazard perception and has been designed for learners
with extensive driving experience.
The on-road driving test assesses your driving skills, decision-making, awareness of
other road users, and how you share the road with other traffic.
If you pass, you’ll be issued with a provisional P1 licence.
If you fail, you have to wait at least seven days
before you can attempt another test.
More information about the test is available in
the Guide to the Driving Test (PDF, 753Kb).
When to take the test
You can take the driving test once you are at least 17 years old, have
held your learner licence for at least 12 months, and have
completed 120 hours in your Learner Driver Log Book. (100 Day & 20 night)
You should not feel under any pressure to take the test.
You can continue to practice driving on your learner licence for as long as
you need, provided you renew it. However, every time you renew your learner
licence, you need to take and pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT).
If you’re 25 or older, you don’t need to complete the Learner Driver Log Book, and
can attempt the test even if you’ve held your learner licence for less than 12 months.
If you’re converting an interstate or overseas licence, you may also need to take a driving test.
In this case you can take the test without holding a learner licence first.
See Moving to NSW for more information.
Booking your test
you’re ready to take the test, you’ll need to make a booking and
pay the test fee. You can book online, by phoning 13 22 13, or in person
at any registry or service centre.
Taking your test
At your booked time, you’ll need to attend the nominated location to do your test.
You’ll need to provide a completed Licence Application form (PDF, 315Kb), your
completed Learner Driver Log Book (unless you’re exempt from this requirement) and
You must have a person with you who holds a full driver licence – if you fail
your test you will not be able to drive away on your own.
You also need to provide your own suitable car for the test. A Driving School may
permit you to use their car on the test but they must not charge you a fee to
hire the car.
The car must be roadworthy and ready to drive – the testing officer will check the car, and
may cancel the test if it is considered unsuitable. It is important to
read The Guide to the Driving Test (PDF, 753Kb) provides detailed information about
what the testing officer will look for. Example Dirty window "no test”
only people permitted in the car while you take the test are you, the testing
and in some situations a Roads and Maritime monitoring officer.
The monitoring officer’s job is to watch the testing officer and make sure
that the test is conducted properly.
No other person is permitted in the car during the test.
If there is any suspicion that you have recently taken alcohol or another drug, the test
will be cancelled, and there will be no refund of the test fee.
and you may be taken to a police station and charged with offering a bribe.