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Conditions of a Learner Licence

What are the conditions of a learner licence?
  • You must have your learner licence with you whenever you are driving.
  • You must not drive on your own. You must always be accompanied by a supervisor (see details below), who must always sit in the front passenger seat beside you.
  • If you are learning to ride a moped, you must not ride it between 10pm and 5am and you must not carry passengers.
  • You must display L (Learner) plates on the vehicle at all times when you are driving. Failure to display L plates could result in 25 demerit points and a fine of $100.
  • There's no law stopping you from carrying passengers in your car. However, if you do, your supervisor (who will, of course, be seated next to you in the vehicle) must agree to this. The supervisor is responsible for everyone in the vehicle and for what happens when you're driving.
  • There is a zero alcohol limit if you are under 20. That means if you drive after consuming even one drink you can be charged with drink driving. If you have an alcohol level of less than 150 micrograms per litre of breath and less than 30 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood you could be fined and given 50 demerit points. If your alcohol level is higher, you could be disqualified from driving, given 50 demerit points and either fined or imprisoned.
  • If you're 20 or older, the legal alcohol limit is 400 micrograms per litre of breath or 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.
  • Breaching the learner conditions of your driver licence (other than failing to display L plates) could result in you receiving 35 demerit points and a fine of $100. If you breach any other conditions of your driver licence you could receive 25 demerit points and be subject to a fine of $400.                                                                                                                                            

    Note: If you are not complying with your licence conditions the police can now prevent you from continuing to drive until you are able to comply with the conditions of your licence. They may also direct you to drive straight home, take your keys, immobilise your vehicle, or have it moved to a place where it is not a traffic hazard.

L plates

If you're driving with a Class 1 or Class 6 (see Classes at the end of this article) learner licence, you must display L plates on your vehicle.
L plates show other road users that you are a learner driver, so they will be more considerate of you on the road while you are learning to drive. They also mean that police officers can make sure learner drivers are following the conditions of their licence.

The L plate must have a black L on a yellow background and must be at least as large as the measurements shown on the diagram below.

L Plate

L plate.

If you're driving a car, van or ute, your L plates:
  • must be displayed on both the front and rear of the vehicle
  • must be displayed where it is clearly visible to other road users
  • must not restrict your front or rear vision.If you're riding a motorcycle with a learner licence, your L plate must be displayed on the back of your motorcycle where it is clearly visible to other road users.
L plates can be purchased from driver licensing agents, or you can make your own.


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