How To Track Your 120hrs Of Supervised Driving In NSW?

Roads Maritime and Services (RMS) requires a learner driver to have the equivalent of 120 hours supervised training before presenting the driving test. These sessions must be recorded in an official log book you keep for the purpose.

Unfortunately some learners tried to crook the system and the government had to introduce controls. It would be a total disaster if you did your 120 hours, and could not qualify because of a technicality. This article explains how to avoid this happening to you.

The Value of Supervised Driver Training

Research shows that supervised learner drivers have far fewer road accidents than unsupervised ones.  This is especially so when they sign up with a driving school approved by the NSW government.

However, their crash rate increases suddenly after they get their permanent licence and start driving solo. The 120-hour plan hopes to reduce this through a lengthy program of supervised driving lessons. This includes at least 20 hours of night driving.

RMS only accepts two ways to prove your learner driving experience. These two recording methods are

  • A paper log book they give you when they award your learner license
  • One of the three RMS-approved digital phone apps

Exemptions to the Log Book Requirement

A driving instructor is unable to exempt you. However, you may be able to bypass the requirement if:

  • You are aged 25 years or older
  • You previously held a NSW or interstate full license
  • You previously held a full overseas license
  • You currently hold an overseas license
  • RMS exempted you

However, Driverli recommends you still keep a log book for your own purposes. That way you can track your progress, and tick off your hours as you earn them.

How to Reduce the 120 Hours to 100 Legally

The Roads and Maritime Service believes one hour at a driving school is worth three using private supervision by an adult driver. This is because they believe taking driving lessons with a licenced driving instructor gives you far better training.

However, you may only convert 10 day-driving hours this way. Therefore, you still need to complete at least 100 hours to qualify to apply for a full licence. Please note you are under no obligation to use a driving school and this is your free choice.

All You Need to Know About the Paper Log Book

The NSW Roads and Maritime Service paper logbook is a proven system and is actually quite simple to use. After you write your name in it, the instructions are easy to follow. Three things to remember:

  • You and your instructor / supervisor must both sign off each session
  • Keep the book in a safe place, take good care of it, and try not to lose it
  • Because if you do you have to visit a registry or service centre and pay a $17 fee. Refer to how much it costs to get your driving license in NSW post to get an overview of all the costs involved.

On the positive side, a paper logbook’s battery never goes flat, and a virus can’t corrupt it.

How the Three Official Phone Apps Work

Before we start, here’s a word of warning. You may not use a phone for any purpose while driving in New South Wales. So start the app before you drive away and leave it in the glove box. It will record events in the background while you concentrate on learning.

The following three optional apps replace the paper log book. Just enter your name and the supervising driver / driving school and they will do the rest as long as you remember to turn them on. Choose your app carefully as you cannot move the data to another one later.

Please note these are the only apps the NSW government endorses. This is a summary. Follow the links for more info.

L2P is more than a recording device

Its intuitive user interface lets your supervisor watch real-time tracking.  And there’s an educational module with video clips for demos, and online progress feedback

Licence Ready starts when you enter your odometer reading

Licence Ready works on Android and iOS, including tablets with sim cards. It records the drive in detail. Your supervisor and driving instructor have bonus viewing access

Roundtrip captures all the details

Roundtrip tracks your time, start and end location, weather and more, so you focus on learning to drive. It also helps you unlock goals and see your actual progress.

What Happens Next After You Complete Your Driving Hours

You submit your logbook and driving experience declaration 12 business days before your test. If you have an electronic one you do this online. Otherwise you must attend the testing station in person, and hand over the paper one within the same deadline.

Wrapping Up So You Are Good to Go with This

Only an accredited driving school can help you earn those 1=3 three hours that save you precious time and qualify you sooner.

Perhaps you just got your learner license, but can’t decide if you want to use a driving school? We are here to help. Check out our article on how to compare driving schools. Then head over to to search one near where you live.

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