Car learner licence

Once you turn 16, you can apply for your learner licence to drive a car. A learner licence allows you to drive a car under supervision. Your supervisor must have held an open licence for at least one year and currently hold an open licence (for example, their licence must not be expired or suspended).

To get your learner licence, you need to successfully complete PrepL or pass a written road rules test. You must also be medically fit to drive.

How to apply


Find out how to enrol and use PrepL.

Written road rules test

You can apply for a car learner licence at a:

You will need to bring:

You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre.

You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and participating QGAP offices.

If you pass the written road rules test, you will receive a driver licence receipt for your learner licence which authorises you to drive until your learner licence is received in the mail.  You will also receive information on how to access the learner logbook app to record your driving experience. If you need one, you can be provided a hardcopy logbook.

If you do not pass the written test, you have to wait until the next working day to take the test again. You must pay the test fee every time you take the test.

About learner licence fees

Your learner licence fee contributes to the costs of issuing your licence and providing licence products, including:

Reduced learner licence fee for photo identification card holders

If you are applying for a car (class C) learner licence for the first time and you hold a photo identification card you may be eligible to receive a reduced learner licence fee.

You won't be eligible for the reduced learner licence fee if you:

  • at any time have held an Australian driver licence
  • hold an adult proof of age card or 18+ card
  • hold a photo identification card that you received free of charge (for example because you changed your name).