The Ways to Get Your Driver’s License in Western Australia
If you’re looking for information about how to get your WA driver’s license, then you’ve come to the right place. Here we explain the steps that need to be taken and everything you’ll need to know along the way.
If you are thinking of getting your driver’s license, then there are a few road rules which you should know before making the trip to your local licensing centre.
All people aged 16 years old and over may apply for a learner’s permit but must wait until 17 years old to attend lessons. Learner’s permits allow only holders under the age of 75 to drive. This means that if you turn 75 while holding a learner’s permit, you can continue driving until it expires or you turn 75, whichever comes first.
The cost of applying for a WA driver’s license varies. Every application made is accompanied by an administration fee and a renewal or modification fee (if required within two years). It is important to note that late applications are assessed late fees every month if payment is not made on time.
The minimum driving age in Western Australia for cars is 16 years old; motorcycles have an increased minimum driving age of 17. If you hold your provisional driver’s license for less than three years on your birthday, you will need to renew your license the next day after it expires. This allows sufficient time to apply for a new license before it becomes invalid.
You are not affected by alcohol when holding a learner’s permit or when you’re taking the learners test in WA. This means that you cannot drink any alcohol and drive, and if you do, your car will be impounded for 28 days or until the order is reinstated. You may be fined up to $500 and lose 4 of your demerit points for this offence.
If you hold a provisional license on the day of your birthday, then you must renew it on this day. Make sure to check expiry dates before renewing your license. If you fail the practical test on one occasion, there is no need to worry as long as you re-pass within 12 months. However, after this period has elapsed, a new application and fee need to be made to reset the practical test.
If you have passed your written exam and practical test but failed to collect your license within ten days, you will, unfortunately, be required to apply for a new license with all necessary fees again.
When making the application for your WA driver’s license, make sure you bring along certain items of documentation so that the process is completed more efficiently:
Applicant’s identity document (for example, passport) – this must be valid or expired less than two years before the date on which you apply. All pages of this document must bear the applicant’s full name and photograph.
Proof of residential address (for example, rental agreement) – if the residential address differs from the address on your identity document, you must provide a second piece of documentation.