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Licences

Driving without a licence

It is against the law to drive a car or ride a motorcycle on a public street if you don’t have a licence. If you’re caught driving without a licence you could be fined up to $2800 if this is your first offence, or $5600 or imprisonment for 3 months if it is a second or subsequent offence. 

Other people cannot employ you or give you permission to drive or ride if you don’t have a licence. This includes employers, parents and guardians.  

It’s also against the law to drive if you have been disqualified from driving or if your licence has been suspended . You could be fined heavily or even imprisoned for committing this offence. If a police officer finds you driving while disqualified, or has a reasonable belief that you have committed this offence, the police officer can arrest you without a warrant and can temporarily remove your vehicle from you. 

 

Learners (L’s)

How old do I have to be to get my L’S?

To get your L’s for driving a car you need to be at least 16 years old.  However, you may take the driver knowledge test at 15 years and 11 months.  

Other Requirements:          

  • Pass your Driver Knowledge Test; 
  • If you completed your test through school you’ll need to bring your Driver Pre-Education Certificate marked with Knowledge of Learner Driver Handbook. 
  • Proof of identity; 
  • Eye Test;
  • Licence Fee. 

Motorcycles

To get your L’s for riding a motorcycle you need to be at least 16 years and 6 months old.  You’ll need to successfully complete the pre-learner motorcycle training course and driver knowledge test before applying for your motorcycle learner licence. You may attend the training course and take the test at 16 years and 5 months.  

What special rules apply to L'platers?

If you’re driving a car:

  • You must be accompanied and supervised by someone who has held their full driver’s licence for at least 12 months; 
  • You must put your “L” plates on the car in a place where they can be clearly seen from both the front and the back; 
  • You must never tow another vehicle or trailer;  
  • You must not drive faster than 80 km/h;
  • You must have NO alcohol in your system at all times when you are driving.  

If you’re riding a motorcycle:

  • You must have an "L" plate on the back of your motorcycle; 
  • You must not carry a passenger unless the passenger is teaching you to ride and has held a motorcycle licence for at least 3 years; 
  • You must ride a Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAM); 
  • You must not ride faster than 80 km/h;
  • You must have NO alcohol in your system at all times when you are riding. 

In addition to these special rules, you must also obey the rules that normally apply to people driving cars and riding motorcycles.

Provisional (P’s)

When can I go for my P's?

You must be at least 17 to get your P’s for driving a car. 

Other Requirements:

  • You must have driven at least 50 supervised hours over a 9 month period and  logged the hours in your L2 Driver Logbook; 
  • You must pass your P1 Driving Assessment;  
  • You must present a registered and suitable car; 
  • You must show proof of Identity and a current L2 Learner Licence.  
  • You must also be at least 17 to get your P’s for riding a motorcycle. 

Other Requirements:

  • You must have held your learner licence for 6 months;
  • You must have successfully completed the Pre-Provisional Motorcycle Training Course;
  • You need to pay the P1 Licence fee. 

What special rules apply to P-platers? 

  • You must not drive or ride faster than 80 km/h during the first year that you are on your P’s;
  • You must put "P" plates at the front and back of the car, or at the back of your motorcycle, during the first year;
  • You must have NO alcohol in your blood at all times while you are driving or riding;
  • As well as holding a P1 licence for at least 12 months, you must hold a P2 licence for a minimum period. 

Age when get P2 licence

Minimum time must hold P2 licence

18 – under 23

2 years

23 – under 25

12 months or until 25 (whichever is longer)

Over 25

12 months

  • Car drivers on their P’s must not teach learner drivers for the first year, and motorcycle riders on their P’s can’y carry passengers for the first year.

If you do your driving test in an automatic car then you’ll only be licensed to drive automatic cars. You won’t be able to drive a manual car.

In addition to these special rules, you must also obey the rules that normally apply to people driving cars and riding motorcycles.

What if I’m from interstate or overseas?

Coming from another state or territory

If you are visiting Tasmania temporarily and you have a current licence from another state or territory, you can drive or learn to drive a car or motorcycle in Tasmania for up to three months. 

However, if you are moving to Tasmania for more than three months, then you’ll need to get your licence transferred. You must do this within three months of moving to Tasmania. 

You cannot hold a licence in more than one Australian state or territory at one time. The licencing authority in the state or territory where your old licence was issued will cancel your old licence. 

Coming from another country

If you are visiting Tasmania temporarily and you have a current licence or an international driving permit from another country, you can drive a car or ride a motorcycle in Tasmania. This includes tourists, people visiting Tasmania on business, and people studying temporarily in Tasmania. 

If you get stopped by the police, you’ll need to show your current overseas licence or international driving permit, and you may need to prove that you are a genuine visitor and have no intention of living in Tasmania. 

You can also continue to learn to drive a car or ride a motorcycle in Tasmania if you have a current learner's licence from another country. The same rules for learners in Tasmania will apply to you, as well as any restrictions which are on your overseas learner’s licence.  

If you are moving to Tasmania permanently, you will have to get a Tasmanian licence, unless you hold an international driving permit. You must do this within 3 months of becoming a resident. You can continue to drive or ride in Tasmania on a current overseas licence during those 3 months.  

Demerit Points 

Demerit points are penalties for committing driving offences, such as going through a red light, not stopping at a stop sign, or speeding. They stay on your licence for 3 years after the date of the offence.

If you are on your Ls or your Ps and you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, or 12 or more demerit points in a 3 year period, your licence will be suspended for at least 3 months . 

If you have a full licence and you get 12 or more demerit points in 3 years, your licence will be suspended for at least 3 months. An alternative to having your full licence suspended is to fill out a form for a good behaviour period of 12 months, where the driver may not receive more than one demerit point in that period or have the original suspension period doubled . 

For more information on licences

Department of State Growth Transport

Phone: 1300 135 513

Website: www.transport.tas.gov.au

Address: 10 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 (Head Office)


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This page was last reviewed 16 March 2015

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