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Driver Licence Information

Getting an ACT Driver Licence in Canberra



The ACT Licencing system has undergone some changes recently.

The GLS (Graduated Licencing Scheme) reforms can be found at: https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/roads-and-paths/road-safety

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  • Drive with your guardian or driving instructor for 100hrs in the next 12 months and complete your logbook.  The first 10 hours with a driving instructor count as 30 hours on your logbook.  Consider booking some SRR driving lessons now.
  • You may consider doing two more ACT Road Safety courses to make yourself a safer driver and receive bonus logbook credits.  These courses are the ACT Safer Driver (20hr bonus) and the ACT Vulnerable Road Users Program (10hr bonus).
  • With 100hr on your logbook after 12 months, you are now ready to take the final driving test.

Whilst driving on your learner licence in the ACT you must:

  • display ‘L’ plates at the front and rear of the vehicle;
  • ensure that a person holding a full Australian driver licence occupies the seat next to you;
  • have a blood or breath alcohol concentration of zero;
  • not tow a trailer exceeding 750kg GVM; and
  • not exceed posted speed limits.

While operating a public vehicle, you must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.

During your learner period, you will need to meet a required number of hours which must be recorded in your learner logbook. There are additional optional road safety courses that you may complete for additional credit towards your learner licence supervised driving hours.

You will need to satisfy a number of requirements before you can upgrade to a provisional licence.

Tip: The first 10 hours with a driving instructor count as 30 hours on your logbook. 

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ACT Learner licence holders may choose to obtain their provisional licence by completing either:

  • the Competency Based Training and Assessment with an ACT Accredited Driving Instructor who will train and assess learners or
  • by booking a one-off practical driving assessment with a Government Assessor who will only assess learners.
  • The new requirements to obtain a provisional driver licence are:

    • hold an active* ACT Learner Driver Licence for a minimum of 12 months (6 months if aged 25 or older at the time of getting your ACT learner licence)
    • completed the online Hazard Perception Test** (can only be completed after 3 months of holding an active ACT learner licence)
    • completed the required driving hours and record in your paper logbook, and
    • successfully complete the one-off practical driving assessment with a Government Assessor or the Competency Based Training and Assessment through an Accredited Driving Instructor.


    *An ‘active’ licence is a licence that hasn’t expired, been suspended or disqualified. The Hazard Perception Test is an interactive test that is completed online. Users are required to follow the instructions, watch a video and determine when to click the ‘take action’ button.

    **The first attempt is free however if failed, users will need to wait and pay a nominal fee to retry. The Hazard Perception Test is only available to users that have held their active ACT learner licence for at least 3 months. The Hazard Perception test is available at the Safe Plates Testing website. A practice test is also available.



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  • Congratulations!  You’ve made it. 
    You are now a Provisional Driver Licence holder
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Q: How do I book a Pre-Learner Driver Course?
A: You can book the Road Ready Course right here

Q: I did not/could not do the Read Ready course at school, or, I am not school based, what can I do?
A: Most ACT secondary schools offer the course as part of the year 10 program. For those who have already left school the course can be taken at our centre. Contact us for further details.

Q: Where do I go to do the course?
A: You can find our location details at the top of the page.

Q: When are the courses run?
A: Courses are conducted during weekdays, evenings and sometimes on weekends.

Q: What happens if I fail the course?
A: You must undertake the course again.

Q: How old must I be before I can get my learner licence?
A: You must be at least 15 years and 9 months old.

Q: How much does a learner licence cost?
A: A learner licence comes complete with a Road Ready pack, the pack consists of four handbooks, including a logbook and a set of ‘L’ plates.  For Prices visit Access Canberra

Q: How long are my Road Ready Course and Knowledge Test Certificates valid for?
A: Both Certificates are valid for 2 years. If an applicant fails to obtain their learner drivers licence within 2 years of completing the Road Ready Course, they will be required to retake and successfully complete the Road Ready Course and Road Rules Knowledge Test before their learner licence will be issued.  Expired ACT Learner Licence holders are only required to undertake and pass the Road Rules Knowledge Test again.

Q: I hold an overseas licence, does that change anything?
A: If you hold a licence from another country, you must first determine the status of your licence. Licences from other countries fall into two categories: approved and non-approved.  You can check the status of your licence by clicking here.

Non-Approved Licence?  If your licence is not listed on the above page or you do not meet the stipulated requirements, your licence is considered non-approved and you will need to complete additional steps to obtain your full ACT licence. Please contact us.

Q: Does the Road Ready Course assist in passing the Road Rules Knowledge Test?
A: The course does not cover the Road Rules Knowledge Test, but practice questions are available here.

Q: Does the Road Ready Course assist in obtaining a NSW learner licence e.g. Queanbeyan?
A: No, NSW have a totally different learner and provisional licence system to that of the ACT.

Q: I want a Learner Motorcycle Licence, how do I get one?
A: To obtain your ACT learner motorcycle licence you must:

  • be at least 16 years and nine months old
  • successfully complete a Road Ready Learner Licence Course, including a computerised knowledge test on the ACT Road Rules unless you already hold a driver licence
  • undertake a government approved rider training course with an approved ACT motorcycle training provider.