Learning to Drive in Western Australia

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Learning to drive in WA

  • Step 1: Take a theory test, and then apply for a learners permit, after passing the theory test.
  • Step 2: Take lessons
  • Step 3: Take the practical driving assessment (You must be at least 16 years and 6 months old)
  • Step 4: Drive under supervision for at least 6 months, and accumulate 25 hours of driving experience, whilst displaying ‘L’ plates.
  • Step 5: No earlier than age 17, you take the Hazard Perception Test. After passing that test, you can drive unsupervised whilst displaying ‘P’ plates.
  • Step 6: After a further 2 years on P plates, you progress to a full licence.

Source: www.dpi.wa.gov.au/…/1476.asp



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I’m just over from Ireland, and only have 2nd Irish provisional licence,
I’ve been driving for about 5 years on the provisional licence,. Since my arrival to Australia i have sat the theory test and have my learners permit , what should i do next and with my previous experience do i have to carry P plates for 2 years??