Probationary Licence & Driving Test
People under the age of 21 years, applying for a probationary licence:
- Must hold a learner permit for a minimum of 12 months
- Must obtain a minimum of 120 hours on road supervised learner driving experience
- Must go on to a minimum one year P1 licence, followed by a minimum three years P2 licence
People aged from 21 years to under 25 years will be required to hold their learner permit for a minimum of six months and then go directly on to a minimum three years P2 licence.
People aged 25 years and over will be required to hold their learner permit for a minimum of three months and then go directly on to a minimum three year P2 Licence.
Other New Measures Include:
- An Improved driving test for all probationary licence applicants
- A ban on all mobile phone use for learner and P1 drivers
- A requirement for a good driving record to progress to the next stage of licence
- Alcohol interlocks for first time drink driving offenders on Ps or aged under 26 years
- A revised high powered vehicle restriction for P1 and P2 drivers
- Support programs for new drivers, supervising drivers and driving instructors
- The drive test is an on road drive test
- The practical drive test is conducted after you have passed your hazard perception test. During the test, you will have your Driving School Melbourne instructor accompany you, whilst the Vicroads tester sits in the back seat. You will drive for between 30 to 50 minutes around a pre-determined drive test route near the Vicroads office
The driving test is split into three Sections:
- Pre‐drive check
- Residential driving and low speed manoeuvre
- Busy multiple lane roads and more complex situations
To apply for your licence in Victoria you must be at least 18 years of age and have held your learner permit for a minimum period of time.
There are three steps involved in passing your licence test. You must pass:
- An eyesight test
- A hazard perception test
- A practical driving test
It is recommended that while you are on your learner permit you complete at least 120 hours of driving in all conditions to prepare you for your test and to be a safer driver on our roads.
If you pass your drive test, you will be issued with a probationary drivers licence, which is valid for three years. During this time you will have certain restrictions imposed on you.
Once you have held your probationary licence for the appropriate amount of time, you will progress to a full licence without the need to do any further tests
What will I be assessed on?
During your driving test, your testing officer will give you simple, clear instructions such as “at the next street, turn right.” If you are unsure of an instruction, you may ask for it to be repeated.
Your driving test will be marked as follows:
- YES when you do something correctly
- NO when you do not do something correctly
- N/A if road or traffic conditions mean you cannot perform the expected behaviour
Your driving skills will be assessed against a performance checklist for which you must get a 'YES' for at least 80% to pass the test and obtain your licence. Critical errors and Immediate terminations play a major role and have more impact than percentage or points lost due to minor errors. Your Driving School Melbourne instructor can explain in more detail during your driving lessons.