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How long you need to hold a learner permit before you can apply for a test

What is it

First-time learner permit holders (in certain categories) must wait six months after the date of issue of the particular licence category before they can sit their driving test.

This is particularly important if you have added a licence category to your permit as it is the date the category was added that is relevant not the date that your permit was issued.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked your permit details and that you are eligible to sit the test.

If you apply and turn up to sit your test and you are not eiligible then you will lose your fee and have to re apply 

Who does it apply to

It applies to first-time learner permit holders for:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • works vehicles (eg, tractors, JCBs)

If you are on your second or subsequent learner permit the six month rule does not apply to you.

How do I know when my six months are up

If you look at your learner permit you will see the code 991 on the restriction column and then also the date that the permit was issued for your particular licence category  -  You need to add 6 months to this date of issue.

Example:

In the image below the date of issue is the 1st of January 2010, the holder of this permit cannot sit their driving test until on or after the 1st of July 2010 i.e six months after the date of issue of the category 

six month rule image of learner permit 

Why was it introduced...

Research shows that the longer a learner is supervised while driving, the less likely they are to be involved in a collision.

The rule was introduced into the Rules of the Road in 2007

It allows a learner driver to become a more experienced, and therefore most likely a safer, driver.