EDT Driving course and your driving test requirements
We have compiled the information you need whether you are looking to take your very first driving lesson or are already part way through your EDT course.
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Step 1. The driver theory test
Before applying for your first learner permit, you must first pass the driver theory test. The purpose of this test is to check your knowledge of topics such as the Rules of the Road, risk perception, eco-driving, hazard awareness, and safe driving behaviour.
Once you have passed your theory, you need to apply for a learner permit in order to start learning to drive.
To get yours, you have to verify your identity as part of the face to face application process in an NDLS centre. This means that you will have to submit documentation to prove your identity, your address & your PPSN, as well as confirmation of your country of birth/residency entitlement.
A first and second learner permit usually lasts for two years each time while a third and subsequent permit lasts for one year. More info here
The Essential Driver Training course is made up of 12 one-hour lessons. These must be completed before taking your Driving test. Training completed with an individual who does not currently hold RSA approval cannot count as part of your EDT and will need to be repeated with an RSA EDT approved Instructor.
EDT Course information
EDT Sample Logbook
Step 3. The driving test
To apply for your driving test, you will have had to held your learner permit for a minimum of 6 months and completed your EDT lessons and be able to produce a completed EDT log book.
The driving test for cars lasts half-an-hour to 40 minutes and includes:
Questions on the Rules of the Road (including identifying road signs)
Demonstrating hand signals
Reversing round a corner
A U-turn in the road
A hill start
Driving approximately five miles in a variety of road and traffic conditions
Your driving will be assessed in the following situations:
Driving in traffic
Stopping Reversing around a corner
Turning about, to face in the opposite direction
Starting on a hill
Aspects of your driving assessed will include:
Overtaking and passing
Anticipation and observation
Use of mirrors and signals
Compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings
Use of the vehicle controls (accelerator, clutch, gears, brakes and steering)
Use of secondary controls such as wipers, de-misters, etc
On passing your test
After you pass you test, the tester will issue you with a Certificate of Competency, which you can then exchange for a full driving licence at your local NDLS Centre.
Step 4. Driving with N-Plates
For 2 years after passing your test, you are required to display N-Plates on your vehicle