Driver's license

license for driver of motorized vehicles

A driver's license, driver license, driver licence, or driving licence is an official document which states that a person may drive a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or a bus.

A driver's licence from Norway

Laws controlling driver's licensesEdit

Different countries have different laws as to whether or not a person can have a driver's license. In some places, a person must pass a driving test before he or she is given a driver's license, while in other places, a driving license is given before the person starts driving.

In Victoria, Australia (for example), to get a driving licence a person must:[1]

  • be at least 18 years old
  • live in Victoria
  • pass an eye test
  • pass a Hazard Perception Test (done on a computer)
  • pass a practical Driving Test to show they can drive safely, control the car, follow road rules, and cooperate with other road users.

There are fees to be paid to do the driving tests, and if successful, there are more fees to be paid for the licence. Many people get a Learner's permit before getting a license. The first licence may be a Probationary Licence, which has certain restrictions on what a driver can do. After four years, the driver will qualify for a full, unrestricted licence.


  1. "How to get your probationary car licence : VicRoads". 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012.