Learning to Drive in Queensland

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If you are under 25 years old, and do not have a Learner Licence, you will have to complete 100 hours of recorded logbook driving with a Qualified Instructor or with friends or family.

However, a one hour lesson with an accredited driver trainer will count towards three hours in your learner logbook, up to a maximum of 10 x one hour sessions. Therefore; if you do 10 hours with a Driving instructor and 70 with Family, you get the full 100 hour credit.

Driving experience recorded in an approved logbook from a prescribed country (including the UK) to a maximum of 50 hours can count towards your 100 hours driving experience.

There are three types of licences:

  • Learner licence
  • Provisional, probationary or restricted licence
  • Open licence.

You can get your learner licence at 16

A two stage provisional licence P1 and P2 has been introduced in Queensland as part of its new licensing system from July 2007.

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After you have held your learner licence for at least one year, you may go for your Q-SAFE practical driving test.

Depending on how old you are when you pass your test, you will receive either a P1 or a P2 provisional licence, which you must hold for a minimum period before you can progress to the next stage.

For learner drivers aged 23 and under, there are six steps you will need to go through to get your open licence:

  • Written road rules test
  • Learner licence
  • Q-SAFE practical driving test
  • P1 provisional licence
  • Hazard perception test
  • P2 provisional licence
  • Open licence

Young Driver Restrictions

  • P1 provisional licence holders, aged under 25 years, can only carry one passenger aged under 21 years between 11pm and 5am.
  • P1 provisional licence holders ,aged under 25 years, must comply with a ZERO alcohol limit.
  • P1 and P2 provisional licence holders, aged under 25 years, are restricted to vehicles with less than 8 cylinders


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