Learner licence demerit points
In Australia, drivers don’t lose ‘points’ if they commit an offence. Instead, they start with zero points, and demerit points are added to their traffic record when they commit certain offences.
Demerit point limits
If you get 4 or more demerit points within a continuous 1 year period while you hold a Queensland class C learner licence, your driver licence will be suspended for 3 months.
You’ll receive an 'Accumulation of demerit points notice of driver licence suspension' in the mail to confirm your suspension. You won’t need to hand in your driver licence.
You don’t have the option of a good driving behaviour period on a class C learner licence.
- Read how this applies if you’re driving in Queensland on an interstate or overseas licence.
- Find out how long demerit points stay on your record.
Changing your suspension start date
You may start your suspension period before the start date shown on the 'Accumulation of demerit points notice of driver licence suspension'. However, the start date can’t be before the current date or after the start date advised on the notice.
If you don’t tell us that you want to start the suspension period earlier, your suspension will start on the date advised on the notice.
Notify us of your suspension
To tell us that you want to start your suspension earlier, complete the relevant section on the 'Accumulation of demerit points notice of driver licence suspension' and send it to us:
- by mail:
Department of Transport and Main Roads,
Locked Bag 4100
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006
- in person:
When the suspension ends
At the end of your suspension period, if your licence:
- has not expired, it will be reinstated automatically
- has expired, you’ll need to renew it before driving again
- is cancelled or suspended for any other reason, you must not drive.
Driving while suspended
You must not drive a motor vehicle while your licence is suspended.
If you’re found driving on a suspended licence, you’ll be charged with unlicensed driving and need to appear in court.
If the charge is proven, the court:
- will disqualify you from holding or obtaining a driver licence for 6 months
- may impose a fine of more than $5,200 or 1 year of imprisonment.