How do I get (and keep) my Provisional license P2 in NSW

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You can get your P2 license in NSW if you have had your P1 for at least 12 months, complied with the requirements, and passed the hazard perception test. All you need do is visit a Roads and Maritime Service Office, identify yourself and pay the license and test fee. If you are not sure how much you should be paying, refer to Driverli’s article on the cost of getting your driver license in NSW here.

The process is simple if you attended a driving school and learned the ins and outs of how the system works.  Before November 2017 you had to pass the P2 license driving test before they took your photo, and issued your P2 driving card. However, nowadays there is no need to pass a P2 test in NSW because the government decided this is no longer necessary.

The Road Ahead Towards Your Full Licence

Your P2 license is valid for 36 months and you can renew it for a fee. However, you could upgrade to a full license after 24 months if you followed all the rules. If you received a thorough explanation while attending a driving school you’ll know exactly what to do.

There is no need to pass a P2 test in NSW before you convert across to a full license. If you are just beginning the process, visit Driverli to learn how to get your learner license in NSW.

If you don’t understand, or don’t follow the rules the Roads and Maritime Service Office can suspend your P2 license for 6 months. Each separate suspension increases the 24-month waiting period by an additional 6 months. Clearly, this is not something you want to have happened.

Finding a Suitable Vehicle for Your 24-Month P2 Phase

Perhaps it’s time to take a leap of faith, and purchase your first car as your full license is now in sight. You may need parents’ support when arranging finance. I t may also make sense to stay insured with them until you are a little older and have a clean driving record.

You certainly don’t want to damage your first wheels and have an insurance claim when another driver has a careless oversight.

If you don’t feel confident on the road, don’t worry, just ask one of your family members to be with you while you drive a bit. It will reassure you while you are clocking some kilometers behind the wheel. The more you drive, the more confident you will become. If you think you are missing some technique on maneuvers or you never drive in high traffic areas, what about booking one or two hours of driving lessons with a professional instructor at a driving school. Jump on Driverli to search a school or instructor offering some refresher course. 

Get A Refresher Lesson To Become A Confident Driver

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You may not drive a restricted vehicle during this phase of your driver training. The criteria are as follows:

  • A vehicle with a PMR over 130 kilowatts per tonne
  • A vehicle that has had a significant modification
  • One on the R and M list of high performance vehicles

You may apply for an exemption but you will need a compelling reason

How to Avoid P2 License Suspensions and Time Penalties

Stick carefully to these rules at all times after you get your P2 license in NSW.

  • Display your P Plates at the front and back of the car when driving
  • Drive within the legal limit and never faster than 100 km / hour
  • Don’t be under influence of drugs or have an alcohol in your system
  • Don’t supervise a learner driver even if they are under driving school training
  • Check that you and your passengers are buckled up before driving off
  • Avoid temptation by turning off your mobile phone before driving on a P2

It’s extremely important to follow these rules even though there is no need to pass a P2 test in NSW. These restrictions apply in other Australian states and overseas as well.

But That Is Not All, You Could Get Demerit Points Too


Demerits, Suspensions, Restrictions and OFfences

Demerits, Suspensions, and Restrictions

Although there is no need to pass a P2 test in NSW anymore, this does not mean you are off the hook. You could earn demerit points as well as P2 license penalties. Do a refresher course from a registered driving school before your seven demerits convert to a suspension.

Speeding Offences and Penalties

After you get your P2 license in NSW you could rack up 4 demerit points for every speeding offence. You could face suspension or lose your P2 license completely if you drove 30 km/h over the speed limit.

Restrictions on Carrying Passengers

You may not carry more than one passenger for a period of twelve months after a disqualification times out. You may apply for an exemption from this at a registry or service centre. However, you will need especially convincing reasons and there will be restrictions.

Do You Need More Help As You Progress Towards Your Full License?

A full two years can seem like ages to put up with the restrictions we mentioned. Having to wait even longer because of demerits/suspensions can make you feel like you want to give up. Get a refresher lesson at a driving school if you haven’t driven for some time.

Get A Refresher Lesson To Become A Safe Driver

At Driverli, we've helped hundreds of young drivers acquire the critical skills and experience to become Safe Drivers.

The Road Ahead Towards Your Precious Full NSW Driving License

It’s quite a thrill, and an achievement to graduate with a full driving license. Driverli promises to be by your side with helpful tips throughout the process Here’s a handy link to an article about your next steps in detail.

If you follow our advice you could be taking steps to qualify in two short years. We can hardly wait to share the excitement!