You must not use any function of a mobile phone while you're driving or riding. This includes when you're waiting at lights, or stuck in traffic, and means texting, hands-free, speaker mode and GPS functions. The only time you can use your mobile is when you're safely parked out of the line of traffic.
If you’re under 25, you must record your driving experience in a log book. You can choose to use a paper log book or a log book app. You'll receive the paper log book when you’re issued with your learner licence. You can download the free log book apps from your preferred app store.
If you are 25 years or older, you are not required to log your driving hours in a log book.
You hold your learner licence for at least 12 months, and must complete 120 hours of supervised driving practice, including 20 hours of night driving. If you're 25 or older, you can apply for your provisional P1 licence at any time after obtaining your learner licence.
A list of licence fees can be found on the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) website.
When you apply for or renew a licence card or Photo Card at a service centre, it will be posted to you at no extra cost. Cards usually arrive within 10 working days.
If you have not received your card through the mail within 10 working days, please call us on 13 77 88.
The Photo Card is voluntary – you do not have to have one, but you may find it useful to prove your identity in situations not related to driving.
Renewal notices are mailed generally within 6 weeks of the card's expiry date.
For driver licence renewals or applications, a receipt is provided that allows you to drive until the card arrives in the mail. The receipt is valid for 30 days.
The Driver Licensing Access Program supports disadvantaged communities enter or re-enter the NSW driver licensing system. The program helps with the management of outstanding fines, literacy support, understanding road rules, preparation for licensing tests and driving experience.
The Hazard Perception Test (or HPT) is a computer-based test that you need to pass before you can take the driving test and get your provisional P1 licence. It measures how well you can recognise potentially dangerous situations on the road.
The purpose of the test is to ensure you have the hazard perception skills to drive solo.
Applications for the licence are made at a service centre, and if you wish you can apply for a NSW Photo Card at the same time, and take advantage of paying a reduced application fee for it.
be at least 17 years of age
have held a learner licence for at least 12 months (if you're aged between 17 and 24)
have logged the required driving hours
have passed the HPT.
If you're 25 or older you can attempt the HPT and driving test at any time after obtaining your learner licence.