What is Driver Knowledge Test

By nsw.gov.au
11 Dec 2018

The Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) is the first stage in the licensing process. You must pass the DKT to get your learner driver licence.

To practise for the DKT, you can download a PDF document that includes questions you could be asked during the DKT, or you can view a demonstration test online.

To download a DKT PDF visit Driver licensing publications, then select the 'Show files' button next to 'Driver Knowledge Test Question Banks'. PDFs are available for car, rider, and heavy vehicles.

Alternatively, you can practise online using  https://www.dktests.info/. DK Tests provides a platform to practice or take mock Learner's License tests too.

When you're ready to take your DKT test and if you are leaving in New South Wales (NSW), make a booking to visit a service centre. 

To progress to a full licence through the NSW driver/rider graduated licensing scheme, you need to pass various tests at each stage, including: 

  • driver/rider knowledge test
  • hazard perception test
  • driver qualification test (if your P2 licence was issued before 20 November 2017
  • driving practical test.

You can book these tests online.

Practice Learner's Theory test on https://www.dktests.info/ before taking the test. DK Tests provides a platform to practice or take mock Learner's License tests.

What you'll need

  • an account with Online Services
  • your driver licence number, Photo Card, or​ Roads and Maritime Services customer number (for all bookings except the driver knowledge test)
  • your payment.

Who's eligible?

  • You can sit a driver licence test when you've completed all the requirements specific to the test you choose.
  • Prepare for your driving tests by downloading handbooks and checking your skills and knowledge on practice tests.
  • To drive a heavy vehicle, you'll need the appropriate class of licence.

Contact a motorcycle rider training provider if you'd like to book:

  • pre-learner rider training/testing in a declared area.

Contact a service centre if you'd like to book any of the following:

  • motorcycle tests in non-declared areas
  • aged, deaf and disabled driving and riding tests
  • instructor, and instructor taking impart knowledge tests
  • short manual driving test
  • interpreter-assisted tests.

For more information on the NSW graduated licensing system, visit Getting a Licence on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

Things to keep in mind

  • If you fail your driving test, the examiner will explain to you why you failed in the particular area/s.
  • You can take the test as many times as you like, but you must pay each time, and allow 7 days between tests.
  • If your vehicle has an airbag affected by the Takata airbag recall, you’ll need to have this replaced before your test, otherwise, your driver test won’t take place. Check online if your vehicle is affected.

Service NSW and Roads and Maritime Services are aware of a Third Party website offering to book licence tests online. In addition to the fee charged by Roads and Maritime Services, this site charges additional fees to book a test. Customers should note that Roads and Maritime Services and Service NSW do not have any connection with other websites or services, and are limited in the assistance that can be provided if customers experience difficulties booking through Third Party websites. If you'd like to book a driver or licence test we recommend that you use the online test booking service provided by Online Services.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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