Things to know when you want a Driving License (Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle)
- You have to be at least 18 years old.
- You are physically fit to drive.
- If you have any physical disabilities, you may have to attend the driving ability assessment before applying for a driving test.
Taking a Driving Test
Driving test requirements:
1. Written test (Part A Test) - The questions of the Part A Written Test are based on the "Road Users' Code". Candidates need to be conversant with the code before taking the test.
2. Road test (Part B Test and Part C Test) - Driving observations for candidates: Preparation Before Moving Off; Driving Manoeuvres and Control of Speed; Judging Car Distance; Overtaking; Hazard Recognition; Roundabouts and Junctions; Traffic Signs / Traffic Lights and the Directions of Authorized; Traffic Controllers; Traffic Lanes; The Stopping Rule; Reversing and Parking Manoeuvres; Turnabout In A Narrow Road. Guide to Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle Driving Test.
Learn to Drive
No matter which alternative you choose, make sure you receive sufficient training and possess basic driving skills and enough on-road experience before taking driving tests. For learner drivers without any driving experience, it is recommended at least 30 hours of driver training before taking the test.
Learner drivers could receive driver training through one of the following ways:
1. Government Designated Driving Schools
Click here for information about Government Designated Driving Schools
2. Private Driving Instructors
You can also receive driver training from private driving instructors. A list of private driving instructors is posted at our Driving Test Appointment Office. Besides, the contact lists of Private Driving Instructors published by Transport Department can be viewed here.
In addition, some private organisations together with private driving instructors set up private driving schools with various sizes. Such private driving schools would also organize driver training courses to public.
Government designated driving schools, private driving instructors and private driving schools offer different kinds of driver training courses in the market. Learner drivers should consider the following before they decide to join any course:
1. contents of the training courses
2. restrictions on training courses with special offers
3. prices of the courses and their total training hours
4. reputation of the driving instructors or the driving schools
5. advice and recommendations from friends and other driving licence holders
Apply for a Driving License
Once you have passed your driving tests, you can approach the Licensing Office of the Transport Department after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test to apply for a probationary driving licence. You have to complete a mandatory 12-month probationary driving period before you can apply for a full driving licence.
For more details, please visit the Guidebook for Driving License.