How do I get a Learner’s Permit?

In order to obtain a Learner’s Permit, you must visit a Service SA customer service centre and pass a driving theory test. A Learner’s Permit is only available to those aged 16 or over. In order to pass the theory test, you must correctly answer all 8 questions in Part A (the Give Way component) and at least 32 of the 42 questions in Part B (the multiple choice section).

If successful, you may then apply for your Learner’s Permit. You need to supply evidence of identity (verifying your identity, age, signature and residential address), a fee covering the theory test and a fee for your Learner's Permit. At least three documents are required as proof of identity. It is useful to have these documents with you when you take the test so you can immediately apply for your Learner’s Permit.

A Learner’s Permit will expire after being held for 2 years, after which it must be renewed.

What is in the Theory Test?

The theory test must be passed in order to apply for a Learner’s Permit. In order to prepare for the test, you can obtain a copy of the Driver’s Handbook or view online and study the road rules. A practice theory test involving both parts is also available on the RAA website The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be done as either a written test or on a computer.

Part A

Part A of the theory test is the Give Way section. In order to pass this section (and the whole theory test), you must answer all eight questions correctly. For each question, you will be presented with a diagram of a road setting and be asked to determine who must give way in that particular situation. After completing Part A, you will move onto Part B.

Part B

Part B of the theory test is the multiple choice section. The multiple choice section contains 42 questions. In order to pass Part B, you must correctly answer 32 questions out of the 42. These questions generally cover road rules and road safety.
If you correctly answer all 8 questions in Part A and at least 32 of 42 questions in Part B, you will have passed the theory test.