Your P1 Licence
Ready for that freedom you’ve been hearing so much about? Once you have completed your hours of supervised driving there are a few steps you need to follow to get your Ps. A learner driver under 17 is now permitted to sign the Driving Experience Declaration and the Prior Driving Experience Application. In addition, there is no longer a requirement for a verifying person to witness the signature of the learner licence holder.
Step 1: Complete your Learner Logbook
You need to complete and record 100 hours of supervised driving practice (including 10 hours of night driving). An easy way to record your hours is with our free RACQ Learner Driver mobile app. Once you have completed and filled out your hours, submit your logbook to the Department of Transport and Main Roads at least 12 business days before your practical driving test for assessment and verification, and they will contact you with the result.
Important: You cannot take your test until you have received notice from DTMR that your logbook has been approved.
If you have logged your hours in the RACQ Learner Driver app, you can submit directly to them.
Step 2: Book the Practical Driving Test
To get your Ps you have to complete a practical driving test (fee applicable).
Step 3: What you need
You need to provide a registered vehicle for the test, so arrange to borrow someone’s car if you don’t have your own. It’s a good idea to use a car that you’re already familiar with and make sure you’ve got your L plates up, ready to go!
On the day of your test, you will also need to bring:
Step 4: Take the test
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, you don’t want to be in a rush. The test will take around 35 minutes and will involve a series of driving tasks.
Step 5: Turn your plates over!
Passed your test? Congratulations! It’s time to change your plates over and display those red P plates. P1 licence holders must display the correct P plates on the front and rear of their car, or you might face a fine and licence demerit points.
For more information about the rules you need to follow when you’re on your Ps, check out Driving Penalties & Fines
Your P2 Licence
To apply for your Class C P2 provisional licence in Queensland, you need to have been on your P1 provisional licence for at least 12 months.
Step 1: Take the Hazard Perception Test
You will get a letter from the Department of Transport and Main Roads letting you know it’s time to take your Hazard Perception Test. The Hazard Perception Test is only available online, and you will be required to pay a fee once you pass. You can access the test through the Department of Transport and Main Roads website and it will take you about 45 minutes to complete.
Getting prepared for the test
When you’re driving, you need to observe the environment and quickly respond to hazards that may appear unexpectedly. The Hazard Perception Test evaluates your ability to anticipate and respond to hazards and is an essential element of your licence requirements.
The best way to sharpen your responses is to practise. Here are some tips for avoiding hazards when you’re on the road:
- Maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front.
- Slow down or move away from potential hazards, as appropriate for the traffic and road conditions.
- Manage the space between your vehicle and other vehicles to keep out of other drivers’ blind spots in multi-lane traffic.
- Anticipate driving events, such as children walking on the road around schools or moving trolleys close to shopping centres.
Taking the test
The Hazard Perception Test is only available online via the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Before taking the test, you will be able to view an instructional video and take a practice test. Once you have successfully completed the test, you will be required to pay a fee.
For more information about the Hazard Perception Test, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Step 2: Apply
Once you have successfully completed the test, you will need to apply for your P2 upgraded licence. Complete the Driver Licence / Application Renewal Form and take it along to a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, along with your existing P1 Licence. You will receive a P2 provisional licence handbook with all the conditions and restrictions associated with having your green Ps.
Step 3: Get Your Green P Plates
Once you’ve had your licence upgraded, head to the nearest RACQ store to get your free set of green P2 plates.
P2 licence holders must display the correct P plates on the front and rear of their car or face a fine and licence demerit points. For more information about the rules you need to follow when you’re on your Ps, check out Driving Penalties & Fines.
Getting your Open Licence
If you have paid a licence fee for three or more years on your P2 licence, then you will automatically go on to your open licence. If not, it’s easy to apply just follow the steps below.
You need to:
When you get your open licence, it’s important to know the rules. Check out the Driving Penalties & fines page to help you stay out of trouble when you’re driving on your open licence.
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