Upgrading a licence
If you have a Queensland provisional or open licence, you can learn to drive the next highest vehicle class.
If your provisional or open licence only authorises you to drive a class of motor vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission, you are also authorised to learn to drive or ride the same or higher class of motor vehicle fitted with a manual transmission.
Different rules apply when learning to ride motorcycles.
Learning to drive a higher class
When learning to ride or drive in a higher licence class, you must:
- be accompanied by a supervisor who
- holds an open licence in the licence class you are learning to drive in
- has held that licence class for at least 1 year
- clearly display L plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (back only for motorcycles)
- show your provisional or open licence to a police officer if required
- obey a zero alcohol limit
- not be under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
- obey any conditions stated on your licence.
Unaccompanied learner drivers will get 4 demerit points and a $195 fine.
The maximum court-imposed penalty for this offence is more than $2,400.
Moving to a higher class
To apply for the next higher class, you must hold your current licence for a set period.
- must have occurred in the last 5 years
- can be continuous or made up of different individual lengths of time (excluding any time that your licence was suspended, surrendered, cancelled or expired).
|Current licence class||Minimum length of time||Next higher licence class|
|C||1 year||LR or MR|
|LR or MR||1 year||HR|
|MR or HR||1 year||HC|
|HR or HC||1 year||MC|
How to apply
To apply for the next higher class of licence you must:
- have had your current licence class for the required period (see the table above)
- complete the driver licence application (F3000)
- bring your licence or other evidence of identity documents if your licence has been lost, stolen or destroyed
- declare that you are medically fit to drive the class of vehicle (You may need to provide a medical certificate that states that you are medically fit to drive)
- pay the road rules test fee and pass the test, if required
- pay the practical driving test fee, book and pass the test.
Once you meet these requirements you can apply for your current licence to be re-issued with the new class.