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Provisional 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 P1, P2, P type provisional or probationary licence, you’ll be sent an 'Accumulation of demerit points – notice to choose'.

This notice will require you to choose to either:

  • have your licence suspended for 3 months
  • agree to continue driving under a period of good driving behaviour for 1 year.

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.

Choosing a good driving behaviour period

If you choose to continue driving under a good driving behaviour period for 1 year, you can keep your current licence.

To choose this option, notify us by the choice date stated on the 'Accumulation of demerit points – notice to choose'.

Your good driving behaviour period will start from the date you select, which must be by the choice date.

If you get 2 or more demerit points for offences committed during your good driving behaviour period, your licence will be suspended for 6 months.

If you don’t nominate an option by the choice date, your licence will automatically be suspended for 3 months starting the day after the choice date.

Choosing a 3 month suspension

To choose a 3 month licence suspension, notify us by the choice date stated on the 'Accumulation of demerit points – notice to choose'.

The suspension period will start from the date you select. If you don’t select a start date by the choice date, your licence suspension will start the day after the choice date.

If you’re found driving while suspended, you’ll be charged with unlicensed driving and have to appear in court.

Notifying us of your choice

To notify us of your choice, either:

Special hardship orders

You may be eligible to apply for a special hardship order if a licence suspension would cause extreme hardship to you and your family. A special hardship order is a court order that allows a suspended driver to drive under restricted and specific circumstances.

Read more about special hardship orders.

Late night driving restriction

A late night driving restriction may apply if you were under 25 at the time of the offence, and your licence has been suspended or you’ve chosen a good driving behaviour period.