To get a driver licence in Queensland or add another class to your existing licence, you must pass written and practical driving tests. If you hold a P1 licence, you also need to pass a hazard perception test before getting your P2 or open licence.
You must pass a written road rules (knowledge) test before you can:
- get a learner licence
- get a different class of licence
- apply to transfer certain foreign licences to Queensland.
Preparing for a written test
The questions in the 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) general road rules (knowledge) test
This test has 30 multiple choice questions. 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
In person at a driver licence issuing centre
You can take all written road rules (knowledge) tests at a transport and motoring customer service centre.
To take a test you must bring:
- a completed, unsigned driver licence application (F3000)
- 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 can 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.
You can only take the test once a day, however, a fee is only required 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.
When you pass the test, you will be given options to pay the test fee. You can pay this fee online using a debit or credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.
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 can not be automatically upgraded 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 driver licensing issuing centre.
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.
You can upgrade your learner licence or upgrade to another class by passing a practical driving test.
Booking your practical test
To book a practical driving test you can:
- book and pay online
- book and pay by calling 13 23 90
- pay the booking fee at a customer service centre and then book your test by calling 13 23 90
- pay the booking fee and then have your driver trainer book the test for you.
If you book online or over the phone, you can pay with a Visa or MasterCard. You can pay with cash, cheque, money order, debit or credit cards at a customer service centre.
The practical driving test cost includes the booking fee. Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.
Note: Q-SAFE practical riding tests for class RE and R motorcycle licences cannot be booked online. If you are eligible to undertake a Q-SAFE practical riding test you will need to book a test by calling 13 23 80 or visit your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre that issues licences.
Changing or cancelling your test booking
You can change or cancel a booking:
Contact us at least 2 full business days before your booking to receive a refund.
What to bring to your practical test
You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. On the day of your test, you must bring:
- a completed, unsigned licence application (F3000)
- permission to use the vehicle for the test—have the registered operator complete the relevant section on the driving test appointment sheet (F3910) or the licence application (F3000)
- proof of your identity
- any current Queensland or foreign licence (with a recognised English translation, if applicable) that you have
- a standard test vehicle with correctly displayed L-plates
- your returning driver certificate—if applicable
If you don’t meet these requirements, you will need to book and pay for a new test.
Once you arrive for your test, you will need to go inside the centre and lodge your completed forms with a Customer Service Officer. If the centre is not open (for example, if your test is booked for 8.00am and the centre does not open until 8.30am or 9:30am on Wednesdays) you should wait outside the Customer Service Centre entrance for the driving examiner to meet you.
Your test fee will not be refunded if your test is cancelled because you:
- arrive late
- don’t meet the logbook requirements at the time of the test
- don’t have the registered operator’s permission to use the vehicle for the test
- the test vehicle you have isn’t safe and suitable for the test.
If you are transferring a foreign licence that is not in English you need to provide a recognised English translation provided by:
- a translator accredited with the National Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)
- the Victorian Interpreting and Translating Services—for migrants and refugees within their first 2 years of residence
- the New South Wales Community Relations Commission
- a Consul-General or authorised officer—the translation must be on official letterhead and stamped with the official consulate stamp.
Improvements to the practical driving test
From 29 June 2015 an enhanced practical driving test (also known as Q-SAFE) commenced across Queensland.
The enhanced test applies to practical tests for cars, heavy vehicles and motorcycles.
The major enhancements, placing a stronger emphasis on high-risk manoeuvres and safe driving skills and behaviours, include:
- Introducing zero tolerance to speeding whereby a critical driving error will be applied for any level of speeding, reflecting the fact that it is against the law to speed over the posted speed limit in any circumstances.
- Increasing the significance of not maintaining an appropriate following distance and not displaying appropriate hazard perception by introducing a specific repeat driving error for both criteria—resulting in a fail if a person commits the same error 4 times.
- Introducing highly desirable drive situations such as high speed merging, to be assessed if the infrastructure and/or traffic conditions are available. In areas where infrastructure does not allow for a high speed merge, a left or right turn from a side road into a higher speed road is recommended as an alternative.
- Reducing the minimum number of manoeuvres required to be assessed from 3 to 2. The current selection of manoeuvres will be retained are turn around, U-turn, hill start, automatic gear change, reversing exercise and reverse park—1 of the manoeuvres must have a reversing component.
- Strengthening the criteria to specifically prescribe the minimum number of right and left turns that must be completed at certain intersection types—such as T-section and cross road intersections.
The enhanced Q-SAFE practical driving test also places a greater emphasis on the driving examiners providing meaningful feedback to the candidate at the end of the test.
To help you develop the skills needed to pass the Q-SAFE practical driving test and become a safer driver, it is suggested you read the relevant guide to the practical driving test you are taking:
- Your Guide to the Q-SAFE: Practical Driving Test – Cars (class C/CA)
- Your Guide to the Q-SAFE: Practical Driving Test – Motorcycles (classes RE and R)
- Your Guide to the Q-SAFE: Practical Driving Test – Heavy Vehicles (classes LR, MR, HR, and HC)
Taking the practical driving test
Your driving examiner will give you instructions before you start your test. Listen carefully to the instructions and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. After the test has started, the driving examiner can’t answer questions that may influence your driving performance.
Your driving examiner will give you tasks to perform during the test. You must complete these tasks while following the road rules. The driving examiner will not ask you to do anything illegal or unsafe.
If your test vehicle is fitted with blind-spot mirrors, you must still look over your shoulder to make sure there are no vehicles in either blind spot.
Make sure you turn off your mobile phone before the test begins.
The length of the test will depend on the licence code you are applying for. However, events such as roadworks and crashes may affect the length of your test.
|Licence class||Maximum on-road test time|
|RE and R||35 minutes|
|C and LR||35 minutes|
|MR and HR||70 minutes|
After the practical driving test
Your driving examiner will discuss the results of your test at the testing centre at the end of your test.
If you have passed the test
- If you hold a learner licence, interstate licence or foreign licence, you must pay the licence fee before your new licence can be issued.
- If you already hold a current Queensland provisional P1, P2 or open licence, you will be issued a new licence showing the upgraded licence class at no cost.
- You must remove your L-plates before you leave the centre.
- If you are issued with a P1 or P2 licence, you must display the relevant P-plates. Not displaying a P-plate also carries a fine and 2 demerit points.
- Becoming a P-plater means you can’t drive a high-powered (performance) vehicle. This means, if you passed your driving test in a high-powered vehicle, you will not be able to drive it away from the testing centre.
If you haven’t passed the test
- Before you leave, make sure you know exactly what you did wrong and how you can improve.
- Come back after more practice and try again.
- There is no limit to the number of times you may take the test, but you must pay a fee every time.
From 1 January 2015, a cooling off period will apply if you fail a class C (or CA) practical driving test.
Cooling off periods are:
- First fail—you can resit the test on the next day after the first time you fail the test.
- Second fail—you can resit the test on the 8th day after the second time you fail the test.
- Third and subsequent fail—you can resit the test on the 29th day after the third and subsequent time you fail the test.
You can book to resit your practical driving test before the cooling off period has ended.
If you hold a foreign licence and you fail a practical driving test, your authority to drive on your foreign licence will be withdrawn.
You will be able to use your foreign licence for the next practical driving test you take, but you will not be able to use this licence to practise driving.
You will have to apply for a Queensland learner licence if you need to practise driving before taking your next test.