NSW Learners 101

How many lessons before I am a competent driver?

This depends on the individual. Extensive driving experience with your parents, different learning abilities, or greater confidence all impact on the number of lessons required, but as a rule of thumb, a complete beginner can be taught to drive with between 10 and 15 lessons. To compare the driving lessons price in Sydney, check out driving lessons Sydney.

NSW Learners License

Age: To get your learner licence you need to be 16 years of age or older. You will need to attend an RTA motor registry prove your identity and pass a Driver Knowledge Test (DKT).

DKT: The DKT is a computer based road rules knowledge test. You have to answer 45 questions, and to pass you must
NSW example driver licenceget 41 answers correct. You will be asked 15 general knowledge questions (minimum 12 correct answers required), 30 road safety questions, including traffic sign (minimum 29 correct answers required). As places are limited, you must book for your DKT. You can book your DKT online at myTests, by phoning 13 22 13 or at any motor registry.

Road Users’ Handbook: Before taking the test, you should study the Road Users’ Handbook and the brochure Getting your driver licence, from any RTA office. You can also download and study the list of DKT questions from here and do a practice DKT just Click here.

You can attempt the DKT at any RTA office; and if you fail you can retry the test the next day, its advisable to book in for the DKT at your local RTA office.

What do I do once I have my learner licence?

Learner licences are valid for five years. When you are issued with your learner licence, you will receive a Learner driver log book so that you and your supervising driver(s) can record your driving experience. You will have to log at least 120 hours of supervised driving (which includes a minimum of 20 hours of night driving) before you can attempt the Driving Test. Night driving hours are between sunset and sunrise.
Learner drivers must:
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 80 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.

What happens next?

If you are aged 17 years or older, you are eligible to attempt the Driving Test if you have logged at least 120 hours driving time (which includes 20 hours of night driving) and have held your learner licence for at least 12 months. From 19 December 2009 drivers who are aged 25 years and over and hold a current learners licence are exempt from completing the Learner Driver Log Book and any tenure requirement.
If you pass, you will be issued your provisional P1 licence. You can attempt the Driving Test in any type of light vehicle however you will be restricted from driving certain prohibited vehicles when a P licence is issued. For more information see the section on P1 and P2 vehicle and passenger conditions.


How long is the lesson?

The lesson goes for 60 minutes.