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The "Learners" Guide

How to get your Learner Licence, your P1 Provisional Licence, and your role and responsibilities as a learner driver.

How do I get my Learner Licence?

It’s simple... all you have to do is:

  1. Be at least 16 years old (but you can start studying at anytime)
  2. Practice the test on the RACQ free2go Learner Licence Tester (Contains 30 randomly generated questions based on the real test)

Visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads Service Centre where you will need to

1 category A document + 2 category B or

2 category A documents + 1 category B document

  • Pay a Qld Learners Licence Test fee for sitting the test (payed on each attempt)
  • Pass the written Road Rules Test of 30 questions. If you fail the test, you will need to wait until the next business day to try again
    • Section 1 - You have to get 9 of 10 correct answers
    • Section 2 - You have to get 18 of 20 correct answers
  • If successful then pay a Learners Licence fee
  • You will NOT receive L-Plates. Members of the free2go program can get their free L-Plates from any RACQ branch
  1. Have fun driving safely and responsibly

For more information visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website or call 13 23 90.

How do I get my P1 Provisional Licence?

It’s simple... all you have to do is:

  1. Be at least 17 years old. A learner driver under 17 is now permitted to sign the Driving Experience Declaration and the Prior Driving Experience Application. In addition, there is no longer a requirement for a verifying person to witness the signature of the learner licence holder.

  2. Submit your completed Learners Logbook at any Australia Post office

    • Must show 100 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours of night time driving
    • Must be lodged at least 12 days before your practical driving test
  3. Receive formal advice in the mail that your logbook has been certified

  4. Book your practical driving test in advance at a Department of Transport and Main Roads Service Centre

  5. Pay the necessary P1 Provisional Licence Test fees in advance

    • Cost depends on the number of years of the licence
  6. Organise a registered vehicle to use for the practical driving test

    • The vehicle must follow the standard Driving Test vehicle requirements. The key points are:
      • The registered owner of the vehicle must authorise your use of the vehicle by signing the applicable section of your application form
      • The vehicle must be appropriate for the licence class you are applying for
      • It must be roadworthy at the time of the test and be displaying L-Plates
  7. Visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads Service Centre at least 10 minutes before your scheduled driver test where you will need to

    • Submit a completed Driver Licence Application / Renewal form - make sure you get the signature of the registered owner whose vehicle you will be using
    • Provide three forms of identification - birth certificate, Australian passport, school photo ID or debit / credit card)
    • Pass the Practical Driving Test - you will be required to demonstrate that you’re able to safely operate a motor vehicle while interacting responsibly with other road users and adhering to all Queensland road rules. Allow up to an extra 1 hour for application processing
    • If successful pay the P1 Provisional Licence fees for the actual licence
    • If you are unsuccessful simply talk to your examiner to find out how you can improve. You may retake the test but not on the same day and you must pay the test fee again (Please note you will not be able to drive home by yourself)
  8. Wait to receive your P1 Licence in the mail and then replace your L-Plates with P-Plates on the vehicle. You will NOT receive P-Plates. Members of the free2go program can get their free P-Plates from any RACQ branch

For more information visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website or call 13 23 90.

Learners need to ensure that they are willing to learn, familiar with the road rules and committed to completing their 100 hours of driving experience. Supervisor’s need to ensure that they provide a patient learning environment, sufficient practice time and a positive influence on the driving habits of their Learner.

When learning under these circumstances it is important to remember that while this is your first time learning to drive, this could also be the first time your family member or friend has tried to teach someone to drive, so it will be a new experience for both of you.

Choosing a Supervisor

A Supervisor should:

  1. Be a family member, friend or an accredited driver trainer (a professional driving instructor. To check they are accredited, ask to see their driver trainer identity card)

  2. Be a safe, experienced and competent driver with a good driving record

  3. Have the ability to provide guidance and advice

  4. Have a good understanding of the Queensland road rules

  5. Sit next to the Learner in the passenger seat at all times when driving together

  6. Approve the driving experience entered in the Learner logbook (paper or online)

  7. Have held an open licence for at least 1 year for the class of vehicle they are teaching the Learner to drive in

    • If a Supervisor only holds an automatic class CA open licence, they may only supervise driving sessions in a car fitted with an automatic transmission

    • If a Supervisor holds a class C open licence, they can supervise driving sessions in a car with either an automatic or manual transmission

  8. Learners may have more than one Supervisor during their Learner Licence period, but only one Supervisor per driving session

The Learner’s Role

If you are under 25 years of age, it is a mandatory requirement that you complete 100 hours of supervised on-road driving experience, including 10 hours night driving, before taking the Q-safe practical driving test for a provisional licence. This time can be completed with a combination of professional driving instructors, family or friends.

Learning to drive a car is about more than the mechanical operation of the vehicle, it’s about road safety and awareness as well. Don’t be disheartened if you can’t complete everything at once. Learning to drive takes time and it is important to make sure that you are capable of completing the basic manoeuvres before attempting anything more difficult.

Maximise the time you have with your Supervisor by:

  • Allowing sufficient time to discuss each practice session with your Supervisor both before and after the drive

  • Communicating regularly with your Supervisor throughout the drive, and don’t be afraid to speak up when feeling out of your depth

  • Listening carefully and accepting advice both your Supervisor and driving instructor/s give you in a positive manner

  • Discussing goals and timelines with your Supervisors, and set reasonable targets for achieving your 100 hour

  • Helping out at home to free up time for your Supervisor to give you additional lessons

  • If you are angry, tired, or upset you should postpone your lesson. You won’t learn as well if you are not in the right frame of mind