Provisional Licence (Green Ps) Details

Prerequisites:

To progress to your green Ps you must have held your red Ps for periods adding up to 6 months. Any period during which your licence is cancelled or suspended because of driving offences does not count toward this requirement.

Depending on the severity of the offence, you may be required to start accruing time again and previously accrued time will be lost.

Licence features:

As long as you have a good driving record throughout your first 6 months with a provisional licence, you will automatically progress from red Ps to green Ps.

In addition to following the road rules like all road users should, there are specific rules associated with green Ps. Disobeying these additional rules could result in heavy fines or loss of licence.

Blood Alcohol Concentration Zero (no alcohol in your system)
Demerit points 4 points for the first 6 months (Type 1 Novice)

8 points for the remaining 12 months (Type 2 Novice)

You move from Type 1 to Type 2 Novice after you have held your provisional licence for a period of 12 months.

Plate display Green P plates (white P on a green background) must be displayed clearly on the front and back of the vehicle 
Maximum speed limit The limit as signed
Transmission If tested in automatic, can only drive automatic
Mobile phone Drivers can only use a phone to make/receive calls if it is securely mounted or can be operated without touch (voice activated). It is illegal to use text, video or email messaging or similar communication while driving. GPS function can be used if the phone is securely mounted and does not need touch input.
Night driving restriction No restrictions - they only apply for the first 6 months of a provisional licence (the entirety of your red Ps).
Licence category Only applies Class C - cars (not buses, trucks or motorcycles)
Supervision Not allowed to supervise a learner

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Requirements to progress:

To progress to your a full licence, you must be at least 19 years old and have held your provisional licence (red and green Ps) for periods adding up to 2 years.

So as long as you have a good driving record throughout the 2 years of your provisional licence, you will automatically progress to a full drivers licence.

Any period during which your licence is cancelled or suspended because of driving offences does not count toward this requirement.

Depending on the severity of the offence, you may be required to start accruing time again and previously accrued time will be lost.


For comprehensive information on the provisional licence, please refer to the Department of Transport website. The above information is a summary of this content and although current when published may now be outdated. To ensure you are accessing the most current and accurate information, use the DoT website or visit your nearest Department of Transport centre.

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