Provisional licence demerit points

In Queensland, we don’t lose ‘points’ when we commit an offence. Instead, we start with zero points, and demerit points are added to our traffic record when we 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.