Six month rule
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. In the past, some people took the test shortly after getting their first learner permit and research has shown that the more practice and experience a person gets, the better a driver they become.
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 eligible 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:
- works vehicles (eg, tractors, JCBs)
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.