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P2 provisional licence
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Provisional licence laws and conditions
- You can only drive the class of vehicle stated on your licence
- You must carry your provisional licence at all times whilst driving.
- You must not drive a motor vehicle with any concentration of alcohol in your blood or the presence of THC (the active component in cannabis), Methylamphetamine (also known as speed, ice or crystal meth) or MDMA (ecstasy) in your blood or oral saliva.
- You must not drive a high-powered vehicle while you are under the age of 25 until you get your full driver's licence (unless you have an exemption certificate).
- You must not drive over 100 km/h even if the local speed limit exceeds 100 km/h
- If you commit a speeding offence of 10 km/h or more over the speed limit you will breach your licence conditions.
- You must not accumulate four or more demerit points during the provisional licence period.
These laws no longer apply to you they only apply to P1 provisional licences
- You must display the prescribed P-plates so that they are clearly visible from the front & rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles).
- You must not use any mobile phone function while driving, including:
- Hands-free mode and Bluetooth technology
- Loud speaker operation
- If you are under the age of 25 years, you must not drive
- between midnight and 5AM, or
- with more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 years (excluding immediate family members) unless a Qualified Supervising Driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria.
- Holders of a motorcycle P1 Provisional Licence must not lane filter.
Breaking the rules
If you break any of the P2 rules you could get a fine, demerit points, be disqualified from driving and have to go to court.
If your licence is disqualified while holding a P2 licence when you return to driving your new P2 licence will be issued for a further two years.
Safer Driver Agreement
If you are disqualified you may elect to enter into a Safer Driver Agreement instead of serving the six month disqualification (unless it was a serious disqualification offence).
The Safer Driver Agreement will apply for the duration of your provisional licence. If you choose a Safer Driver Agreement you will be issued a new provisional licence for a further two years. If you breach your licence conditions or accumulate four or more demerit points again:
- you will be disqualified for 12 months (twice the original disqualification period)
- you must serve the disqualification - you cannot appeal to the Court
- you will not be eligible to apply for another Safer Driver Agreement for the next five years.
If you breach the Safer Driver Agreement you will be disqualified for 12 months. You must sit out the disqualification. No Safer Driver Agreements. No appeals.
There are several rules that apply to getting your full licence, depending on your situation:
- If your provisional licence was issued before 28 July 2014, and you have not been disqualified, you can apply for a full driver's licence when you have:
- held your provisional licence for at least two years (including at least 12 months on P1 and at least 6 months on P2), and
- passed a Hazard Perception Test, and
- reached 19 years of age.
- If you have sat out a period of licence disqualification, you must hold your provisional licence for a total of two and a half years. If your licence is subject to a Safer Driver Agreement or was issued as the result of a successful appeal, you must hold your provisional licence for a total of three years.
- You may be eligible to apply for a full licence without passing the Hazard Perception Test or holding a P2 licence, but only if:
- You have not been disqualified from holding a provisional licence, and you have held your P1 licence for two years; or
- You have had a provisional disqualification and have since held your P1 licence for 2.5 years; or
- You have entered into a Safer Driver Agreement or won an appeal against a provisional disqualification and have since held your P1 licence for 3 years.
You may need to call 13 10 84 or visit a Service SA customer service centre to check your eligibility.
If your provisional licence was issued on or after 28 July 2014, you can apply for a full driver's licence when you have:
- held your provisional licence (P1 and P2) for three years (one year on P1 and 2 years on P2) and
- reached 20 years of age (you do not need to pass a Hazard Perception Test).
How to apply for your full licence
Go to a Service SA customer service centre with the following:
- your provisional licence
- the fee for your driver's licence.
Your photo will be taken for your new licence, which will be posted to you.
You'll be issued with a temporary licence valid for one month, the time it should take for your new licence to arrive.
Check out our safe driving tips to stay safe on the roads.