FAQs on P Plates

We get plenty of questions about P plates in Australia and want to provide an area where we answer your common P Plate questions. Let’s jump right in.

What P Plate comes first?

In Australia, the red P plate comes first and is generally followed by the green P plate.

Are P Plates free?

In some states, like NSW, you get given free plastic P plates when you pass your driving test and can also get free replacement P plates from your motor registry. In most states of Australia, you need to buy your own P plates and, optionally, P plate holders or clips.

What do P plates mean in Australia?

P plates mean that you’re a newly-licenced driver, called a provisional driver, and need to display P plates on your car for a few years.

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