Driver tests—written and online
To get a driver licence in Queensland or add another class to your existing licence, you must pass knowledge, hazard perception and practical driving tests.
Changes to the hazard perception test
From Monday 29 March 2021 all car and motorcycle learners will be required to pass a hazard perception test to upgrade their licence.
If you obtained your P1 licence before Monday 29 March 2021, you will have to pass the hazard perception test before getting your P2 or open licence.
You must pass PrepL or the written road rules test before you can:
- get a learner licence
- get a different class of licence or
- apply to transfer certain foreign licences to Queensland.
Preparing for PrepL
PrepL combines both learning and assessment (the test). PrepL will take around 4-6 hours to complete. You will have 12 months to complete the course from the date of your enrolment. You can do PrepL at your own pace, any time, using a compatible smartphone, tablet or computer.
Preparing for a written road rules test
The questions in the written road rules test come from Your Keys to Driving in Queensland which has information on Queensland road rules, driver licensing requirements and sample test questions.
The class RE or R (motorcycle) knowledge test also includes questions based on information from the Motorcycle Riders’ Guide.
Class C (car) PrepL and written road rules test
Both PrepL and the written road rules test have 30 multiple choice questions that must be completed. You need to get 90% (27 out of 30) correct to pass PrepL.
The written road rules test is broken down into 2 sections. To pass you must correctly answer at least:
- 9 out of 10 questions about giving way
- 18 out of 20 questions about road rules and driver licence requirements.
Class RE or R (motorcycle) knowledge test
You need to answer at least 27 out of 30 multiple choice questions correctly on topics ranging from road rules to risk management and hazard perception.
You don’t need to take this test if you already have a Queensland class RE licence and are upgrading to a class R licence.
Class LR, MR, HR, HC or MC (heavy vehicle) road rules knowledge test
You must answer at least 8 out of 10 multiple choice questions correctly on the road rules for heavy vehicles. You don’t need to take this test if you already have an Australian heavy vehicle licence.
Taking a written test
You can take all written road rules (knowledge) tests in person at a transport and motoring customer service centre that performs licensing services. To take a test you must bring:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your previous licence—if you are applying as a returning driver
- the written road rules (knowledge) test fee
- the licence fee—if you are applying to get a learner licence.
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 most QGAP offices.
You can only take the test once a day. but you must pay the fee for each attempt. If you pass the test, your results are valid for 5 years.
Online—class RE(motorcycle) knowledge test
The motorcycle knowledge test is also available online. You can take this test online if you:
- hold a valid provisional, probationary or open Queensland licence
- have held a licence of another class (car or heavy vehicle) for at least 1 year in the past 5 years
- have already completed the Q-Ride pre-learner course or been granted an exemption from it.
You can only take the test once a day. However, you only pay the fee when you pass the test.
If you are applying as a returning driver, you will need to complete the motorcycle knowledge test in person at a driver licence issuing centre.
If you pass and pay for the test online you may be able to have the class RE learner automatically added to your licence and a new licence sent to you. The class RE learner cannot be automatically added if:
- you have a laminate licence
- your licence is expired or will expire within 6 weeks from the date you pay your test fee
- you have not had a digital photo and digitised signature taken in the last 9 years.
If you want to pay cash, you will need to do this at a transport and motoring customer service centre that has licensing services. You must pay for your motorcycle knowledge test and have the class RE learner added to your licence before you can start learning to ride a motorcycle.
Practical driving tests
After you have passed your written or online test you may be eligible to take a practical test to upgrade your licence.