Learners License Overview
Enjoying the freedom of the open road is the ambition of all aspiring drivers, if you're savvy in your approach you can realise your dream by being thoroughly prepared and converting enthusiasm into success. A learners license is the first step; below is some information and guidelines on what's required to get the journey started.
Learners License Summary
Before you start learning to drive you have to pass a K53 learner's license theory test which will allow you to drive on public roads. To apply for your learner license for a car or motor cycle you need to be 16 years of age or older on the day you take the test.
Managing Your Revision
You're in Charge
A thorough understanding of the rules of the road, road signs and markings and vehicle controls is essential. Passing a K53 learner’s license test proves to the authorities that you are not only capable of driving a vehicle but also that you have a clear understanding of the rules of the road.
To pass the K53 test you need to know:
- rules of the road (this includes the wearing of seat belts, driving on the left and passing other vehicles)
- road signs, road markings, and traffic signals (such as knowing the difference between hazard and warning signs)
- vehicle controls and their uses (for example: indicators, mirrors, pedals, and steering wheel)
- K53 defensive driving system (ensures you are a competent, safe and courteous driver)
Learners License Categories
There are three different categories of learner licenses:
- Code 1: motorcycles with an engine capacity below 125cc
- Code 2: motor vehicles (except motorcycles) with gross vehicle mass of 3 500 kilograms or less
- Code 3: all vehicles (except motorcycles) with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3500kg, you will need to be 18 years of age or older
Learners License Basics
Exploring the Roads
When you are learning to drive you may drive on public roads (including freeways). It is a requirement when driving a car that you are always accompanied by a licensed driver who holds a valid drivers license for the class of vehicle you are driving and must be seated next to you or, if that is not possible, then directly behind you. A motorcycle learner driver may not carry a passenger and must therefore ride unaccompanied.
- You may carry passengers in a motor vehicle on condition that they do not pay a fare
- It is advisable to display a red 'L' sign in the rear window or your vehicle