Learning to drive is an exciting step to take. Here’s a basic step-by-step guide to walk you through what you need to do to score yourself a set of Ls.

STEP 1: TURN 16 AND GET PREPARED
You have to be at least 16 years old to get your car
learner permit and 18 to get your motorcycle learner
permit. To prepare for your car learner permit test you can
buy the “Road to Solo Driving” handbook, available in 5
languages including English. If you are applying for a
motorcycle learner permit, you will need to buy the
“Victorian Rider” handbook, available in English only.
You can purchase a copy of these books from the
Vicroads bookshop online (new window), VicRoads
Customer Service Centres (new window), RACV offices,
selected newsagents and bookshops.
English-language online versions of both books are
also available to download from the VicRoads
website (scroll to the bottom of the page for the
download link):
• “The Road to Solo Driving” - online version (English)
• “Victorian Rider” - online version (English)
In 2008 there were some major changes to the Victorian
licensing system. Check out the Graduated Licensing
System (new window) or the Arrive Alive site (new
window) to familiarise yourself with all the rules to pass
your learner permit test.
To get a car learner permit you will need to pass:
• An eyesight test
• A computer-based multiple choice theory test on road
law
To get a motorcycle learner permit you will need to
pass:
• An eyesight test
• A multiple choice theory test on road law knowledge and
motorcycle skills
• A practical test

STEP 2: SIT THE TEST
Make an appointment to take the computerised road law
knowledge test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.
To do this you can either:
• Visit the VicRoads online booking service (new window)
• Call VicRoads on 13 11 71 (Monday to Saturday,
8:30am - 5:00pm)
• Visit your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre
(new window
If you make the appointment by phone, you’ll be asked to
pay immediately by credit card.
You’ll also have an eyesight test when you take the road
knowledge test.
The road law knowledge test takes about 20 minutes to
do. You’ll have to answer 32 questions about:
• Controlling the car
• Obeying the road rules
• Cooperating with other road users
• Driving safely
Make sure you’re prepared, because if you don’t pass,
you won’t see your money again. You can take the test as
many times as you want until you pass, but to make sure
you pass first time, check out the practice learners test at
VicRoads (new window).

STEP 3: PICK UP YOUR LEARNER PERMIT
Once you’ve passed, you’ll be asked to pay for your
brand new learner permit. You’ll also need to prove your
identity.
Getting your Ls
To prove your identity you need to bring along:
• One primary document (e.g. passport or original birth
certificate - birth certificate extracts don’t count)
• One secondary document (e.g. Medicare card, student
identity card)
• One evidence of residence document (you’ll only need
this if your address isn’t shown on your primary and
secondary documents)
You must have the original documents with you to get
your learner permit. Photocopies don’t count. And at least
one of these documents has to have your signature on it.
If you don’t have the right evidence of identity, you won’t
be able to get your learner permit.For full details about
what counts as an evidence of
identity document, check out the evidence of identity
page (new window) on the VicRoads website.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to let VicRoads know about
any medical conditions (epilepsy, poor eyesight, etc.) that
may affect your driving.

STEP 4: GET OUT ON THE ROAD
Now that you’re an official learner permit holder, it’s time
for you to get out there and learn! To find out what you
need to know about learning to drive, check out our On
your Ls page.
And for an easy-to-follow, fun guide to getting your
drivers licence, check out the Direct Route to Licence
Town cartoon (new window) on the VicRoads Arrive Alive
website. Links Arrive Alive! - The Graduated Licensing
System (new window).
Use the online tool to select what kind of driver you are
and find out how the new licensing laws affect you.
Arrive Alive! - Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy (new
window). Info about the main safety issues for Victorian
drivers and particularly young drivers - including road design,
speeding, drink driving, fatigue and vehicle safety.
Vic Roads - Introduction to Licensing (new window)
Links, tips, information and answers to questions on
dozens of licence and driving related topics including
fees, types of licences, getting of Ls and getting your Ps.
Transport Accident Commission (TAC) - Safety (new
window).
In this section of the TAC site there are a number of tools
to help you while you gain practice on the roads. There’s
information about the kind of practice you’ll need, how to
get your parents to stop making excuses, and tips on how
to drive in different road conditions.
Victoria Police - Young Drivers (new window)
Information about the key risks for young drivers and
reasons why unsafe driving happens.

Article Provided by Youth Central. Visit
www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au for further information.