The drive test is a requirement in the state of Victoria, Australia, to see if you’re ready to drive safely on your own with other traffic. You must pass the drive test to get a Victorian driver licence.
The drive test is made up of two parts:
The on-road driving component is divided into two stages. You must pass stage one in order to progress to stage two.
You can use your vehicle at a drive test if it meets all the below conditions:
If your vehicle is not suitable, you need to use your instructor’s vehicle.
Note: VicRoads does not supply vehicles for a drive test.
The following vehicles cannot be used in a drive test for legal, safety and practical reasons:
Before you begin the on-road component of the drive test with your vehicle (or your instructor’s vehicle), the licence testing officer will instruct you to:
If you are unable to complete items 1 and 2, or if any of the controls are not operating correctly, you will not be permitted to take the drive test.
If you can’t identify a control in item 3, you will be shown the control. If you need to use one of the controls during the test and you need help to identify it again, the drive test will end and you will be unsuccessful.
You must consistently demonstrate safe driving behaviours while driving in different traffic conditions. During the drive test, the licence testing officer will be assessing you on:
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Stage one is designed to assess your safety as a driver in less challenging conditions. The testing officer will give you simple, clear instructions during the test (eg. at the next street, turn right). You must follow their instructions and show that you can drive safely and efficiently. If you’re unsure of an instruction, ask for it to be repeated.
Stage one will take about 10 minutes to complete. The testing officer will then instruct you to stop safely at the kerb while they calculate your score.
If during stage one you do anything unsafe or illegal, the drive test will end and you will be unsuccessful.
Stage one also includes a low speed parking manoevre. The testing officer will instruct you to complete one of the following:
Speak to your driving instructor or supervising driver if you’re unsure about how to do this task.
If you pass stage one of the on-road driving test, you will progress to stage two. Stage two is conducted in busier traffic and is designed to assess your ability to safely execute normal driving tasks. The testing officer will give you simple, clear instructions during the test (eg. at the next street, turn right). You must follow their instructions and show that you can drive safely and efficiently. If you’re unsure of an instruction, ask for it to be repeated.
Stage two will take about 20 minutes to complete.
If during stage two you do anything unsafe or illegal, the drive test will end and you will be unsuccessful.
After you have completed the drive test, the licence testing officer will give you feedback and advise whether you are successful or unsuccessful. You will also find out if there are areas of your driving that need improvement.
If you are successful, this feedback will help you to become a safer driver. In your first year of solo driving, there is a higher risk of crashing. Use the feedback you receive after your drive test to develop safer driving skills.
This feedback could help you in your next attempt and suggests that you need more practice. People develop safe driving skills at different rates. Some learners need more practice than others before they are ready for the drive test.
Causes of an unsuccessful result could include:
There are two distinct types of serious errors:
Your test will end and you will be immediately unsuccessful if you do something that puts you or other road users at risk.
An immediate termination error will be recorded if you:
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This penalty is given if you do something during the drive test that could create an unsafe situation but is not an immediate danger.
A critical error will be recorded if you:
Please ensure that your mobile phone, pager, radio and any form of audio/visual recording device are turned off. If any of these devices sound and/or are used during the drive test, the test will be terminated.
The following in-car devices must be turned off during the drive test:
A supplementary display unit (an add-on speedometer or camera), excluding one that is GPS based, can be used in your drive test if it can be seen from the passenger seat.
You will need to provide verification in writing (by letter) from either the manufacturer, distributor or installer that the supplementary speedometer replicates the exact speed of the primary speedometer at all times. You must supply the tester with this information prior to the drive test.
Note: Check your car manual for evidence that it replicates the exact speed if the supplementary display unit was fitted by the vehicle manufacturer.
If you take your drive test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, you can only drive vehicles with an automatic transmission during your probationary period. There will be an ‘A’ condition printed on your driver licence card.
At the end of the probationary period, you can drive vehicles with a manual transmission without having to do another driving test provided the condition is not required due to a medical condition or impairment.
If you have a probationary driver licence with an ‘A’ condition, the only way you can remove this condition is to pass the drive test in a vehicle with a manual transmission.
When you have passed the drive test and paid the licence variation fee, you will be issued with a replacement driver licence card without the ‘A’ condition.