You must be 16yrs or older before you can apply for a learner’s permit. First purchase a Drivers Handbook from any post office, newsagency or Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) Customer Service Centre and read it carefully.

You then need to sit the learner’s written test at any DTEI Customer Service Centre. You can also practice the theory exam that Roadsafe SA has produced by clicking this link RoadSafe Practice Exam (this is just a sample of the full program).

On passing the written test you will receive a Learner’s Permit, at which point you can commence driving a motor vehicle under the supervision of a qualified supervising driver.

A qualified supervising driver must have held a full licence (not subject to conditions) for at least two years and must not have been disqualified in the previous two years.

To prepare yourself for these responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle, it is recommended that you seek professional tuition when learning to drive, by choosing an PDTA member. This tuition from a government licensed Motor Driving Instructor should occur together with practice from a Qualified Supervising Driver.

You are required to complete a logbook as your training progresses. The logbook is called “The Driving Companion’ and is available from Customer Service Centres. It needs to be signed by your qualified supervising driver confirming they have supervised your driving for at least 50 hrs under a range of conditions, eg min of 10hrs at night. Once you have completed the 50hrs and held your learners permit for at least 6mths you are then eligible to go for your P1 License.