What is a Driving Theory Test?

A driving theory test is an examination that learner drivers must pass before they can book a practical test. The theory test will check whether you have the knowledge needed to drive safely on Australian roads. Before booking your driving test, the first thing you will need to do is pass a theory test.

The EzLicence driving theory test is carried out by a computer, asking multiple-choice questions about road safety rules and traffic conditions. In most states, the tests are done by authorised third parties who charge a fee for testing. The learner driver will be given multiple attempts to pass the test before their licence application is automatically suspended until they complete a test. The cost of a theory test varies from state to state, so check with your local Road and Traffic Authority for details.

The Road and Traffic Authority (RTA) is responsible for learner permits and testing in NSW, so if you live here, all the information you need about how to get a licence can be found on their website.

The RTA website says there is no limit on the number of attempts to pass the theory test, and it can be taken as many times as you like unless you reach your maximum number of attempts. The test is available in English, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, Korean or Spanish, depending on the language spoken by the applicant.

The theory test’s passing mark is 90%, and you get unlimited attempts to get this score. When you successfully answer enough questions to pass the test, your name is added to a list of successful test-takers, and you can book your practical driving test.

Suppose, for some reason, and the automatic licence suspension system has been activated. In that case, you must wait until you have passed a theory test before applying for a new licence. You aren’t allowed to book another practical driving test until this occurs.

The driver’s licence number is both unique to the individual and permanent. It implies that if you have a licence suspension, you will need to apply for a new one when the reason for the suspension no longer exists. If you try to get another licence with the same name or address as your old one, your application will be rejected, so it’s a good idea to keep your details updated just in case.

You’re eligible for a learner’s permit at an RTA Customer Service Centre when you have passed the theory test. There’s a fee for a new or replacement permit, and it takes around three weeks to receive by mail once your application has been submitted.

You can apply for a learner’s permit up to one year before you turn 16, and it will be valid until 30 days after your 17th birthday. If you hold a Provisional one licence, this is valid for 11 months from the date it is issued and must be held for at least 12 months before applying again.