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Steps from a learner to a provisional licence

Before you can get your P1 or P2 provisional licence, you will need to get lots of supervised on-road experience and learn how to be a good and safe driver.

You will get a P1 licence if you pass your practical driving test when you are under 25 years of age.

If you are at least 25 when you pass your practical driving test you will get a P2 licence.

Learner licence to P1 or P2 provisional licence

You will need to pass certain criteria before going for your P1 or P2 provisional licence. You and your supervisor should also feel that you are confident enough to begin driving on your own. You should feel that your supervisor is simply your passenger and you no longer need them for driving support or advice.

When you can get your P1 licence

To move from your learner licence to a P1 provisional licence, you must:

  • be 17 or older
  • have had your learner licence for at least 1 year (within the last 3 years of applying for a P1 licence)
  • have recorded 100 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours of night driving, in a learner logbook.

Not ready yet? See getting a learner licence and rules for learner drivers for help.

Ready for the practical test

Step 1—submit your logbook

If you are under 25, you will need to submit a learner logbook. You can submit your learner logbook using the Queensland Learner Logbook app or you can submit your Queensland Learner Logbook at any Australia Post office. If you are over 25 years old you do not need to submit a logbook.

If you use the RACQ electronic logbook, you must submit it the same way as the hard copy Queensland Learner Logbook—print it out, sign the declaration and submit it at any Australia Post office.

We will then contact you to let you know whether your logbook has passed. You can choose to be notified by SMS or email. It will take at least 12 business days for us to receive and process your logbook.

Step 2—book your practical driving test

If you are over 25, or once you know that your logbook has passed, you can book your Q-SAFE practical driving test.

You can:

Learn about the practical driving test, what it involves and what to bring.

Taking the practical driving test

You must:

  • arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time for your driving test
  • complete an application (form F3000)
  • organise a registered motor vehicle that meets the standard test vehicle requirements for the class of licence you are applying for. Note: The registered operator must authorise the use of the test vehicle by signing the application form.
  • bring your current Queensland learner licence with you. If you hold a foreign driver licence, you will need to provide additional evidence of identity documents
  • correctly display L plates.

You will need to pay for your P1 or P2 provisional licence at a transport and motoring customer service centre immediately after passing your practical driving test. You will receive a receipt for your driver licence which authorises you to drive until your licence is received in the mail.

When you get your P1 or P2 provisional licence

When you get your P1 or P2 provisional licence you can drive unsupervised. However, there are strict rules that apply to you specifically as a provisional driver.
When you first get your licence, make sure to:

  • remove your L plates and put up your red P plates (if you have been issued a P1 provisional) or green P plates (if you have been issued a P2 provisional) before driving
  • study the provisional licence restrictions and rules that now apply to you.

P1 licence to P2 licence

If you hold a P1 licence, you will need to pass the hazard perception test to move to a P2 licence.

You can take the hazard perception test after you have held your current P1 licence for at least 1 year.

Find out how to prepare for the test and what it involves.

When you get your P2 provisional licence

P2 licence holders can drive with fewer restrictions than P1 licence holders. However, it is still very important that you know the rules that apply to you.
Make sure that you:

  • put up your green P plates before driving
  • study the provisional licence restrictions and rules that now apply to you.
Last updated
22 April 2016
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