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How Do I Obtain A Learner’s Licence

Published From The Queensland Transport Website as at 02/07/15

How To Obtain A Learner’s Licence On The Gold Coast

Learner driving—road rules
Once you have successfully obtained your learner licence you can start driving—with a supervisor. Make sure you:

only drive with a supervisor who holds an open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
always display your L plates
carry your learner licence with you
record 100 hours of supervised driving in your learner logbook, including 10 hours of night driving
know the rules for driving.
L plates

L-plate
L plate
You must clearly display L plates when you are learning to drive.

The minimum size and colour of an L plate is 14.6cm x 14.6cm, with a black uppercase letter ‘L’ on a yellow background. You cannot use any other colour.

You can buy L plates from most service stations, major retailers and automotive outlets. Or, you can make your own if they are the right size and colour.

You can use this L plate template to create your own L plates. Just print 2 copies on a colour printer. You can also laminate them, if you want to.

How to display your L plates

You must display L plates so the letter ‘L’ on each plate can be seen clearly at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles) from 20m away.

You and your supervisor may both be fined if your L plates are not correctly displayed. As the learner driver, you will also get 2 demerit points.

If a person on a provisional or open licence drives the vehicle and does not remove the L plates, they may be fined. This does not apply to accredited driver trainers.

Learner logbook

When you get your learner licence, you will be issued a ‘Roadtrip to your licence’ kit. This kit includes a learner logbook. RACQ Learn2go also provides an online logbook that you can use.

If you are under 25 you will need to record at least 100 hours of supervised driving in your learner logbook.

If you are 25 or older, we recommend you use the logbook, but you can choose if you want to or not.

What to record in your logbook

We recommend using the hard copy logbook or downloading the RACQ Learn2go mobile app so you can take it with you on your driving session and record your drive details immediately.

You need to record the:

date
vehicle’s number plate
starting and ending locations of your drive
odometer reading at the start and at the end of your drive
your supervisor’s details—name, driver licence number and signature
the start and finish times for the drive and total minutes spent driving.
You and your supervisor are responsible for the accuracy of your logbook entries. Each entry must be verified and signed/approved by your supervisor.

View a sample logbook page (PDF, 496KB).

If you make a false or misleading entry in your logbook, you can be fined and you will not be able to take a practical driving test until 6 weeks after the date your resubmitted logbook has been passed.

100 hours driving experience

To complete your logbook correctly:

you must record 100 hours of supervised driving experience
your 100 hours must include 10 hours of night driving (between sunset and sunrise)
all entries must be recorded in minutes (instead of hours and minutes) to make it easier to calculate totals
all entries must be recorded in the correct column. The logbook entry pages have 3 columns for you to record the different types of driving experience:
experience with an accredited driver trainer (counted as triple time for the first 10 hours) (total 600 real minutes = 1800 logbook minutes)
daytime experience (between sunrise and sunset on a day)
night experience (between sunset and sunrise on the next day).
Find out more about completing and lodging your logbook.

Limited exemptions from the requirement to complete and record 100 hours of supervised driving experience are available. However, if you are granted an exemption you will need to hold your learner licence for 2 years.

Find out more about applying for a learner logbook exemption. You can apply for an exemption online.
Previous driving experience

If you completed driving experience in another Australian state/territory or another country and want it to count towards your 100 hours, you must complete the prior driving experience form (F4450) (PDF, 94KB). You can apply if you hold or held a class C learner licence issued:

interstate
in New Zealand
from a foreign country listed below.
You will need to give us documents to prove your previous driving experience—for example an approved interstate/overseas learner logbook, driver trainer receipts or letters.

If the documents you give do not show sufficient details—for example dates, registration numbers, distances travelled, driving times in minutes, names of supervisors—you must attach a separate sheet giving these details.

Interstate and New Zealand driving experience

You may apply for credit up to 100 hours of supervised driving in Australia or New Zealand.

Any remaining hours of your driving experience must be completed in your Queensland logbook.

Foreign country driving experience (recognised countries)

You may apply for credit of up to 50 hours of supervised driving in:

Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Canada
Croatia
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guernsey
Ireland
Isle of Man (for licences issued on or after 1 April 1991)
Italy
Japan
Jersey
Luxembourg
Malta (for licences issued on or after 2 January 2004)
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States of America
(External territories of these countries are excluded.)

You must record any remaining hours of driving experience on Australian roads in a Queensland logbook.

Rules for driving with a learner licence

When learning to drive you must:

have a supervisor beside you—someone who holds open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
clearly display L plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles)
carry your learner licence, or driver licence receipt if you are waiting for your licence, and show it to a police officer if asked
comply with the no alcohol limit
not be affected by drugs—either illegal or prescription
obey any conditions on your learner licence, such as only driving with corrective lenses if you have the condition code S
follow all Queensland road rules.
Mobile phone rules for young learner drivers

All drivers are banned from using a mobile phone that is held in the hand while driving, but if you are under 25, you can’t use a mobile phone of any type at any time. This includes hands-free, wireless headsets and speaker phones. Park the vehicle safely before making or taking a call or texting.

If you are found using a mobile phone while driving, you will be given a fine and 3 demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. From 1 September 2015, double demerit points will apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within 1 year of an earlier offence.

As a learner driver, if you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months.

If you are under 25, your supervisor and passengers can’t use a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving. If your supervisor or passengers are found using a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving, they will be given a fine.

This table explains the mobile phone restrictions. If your supervisor or passenger is on a call, they cannot use loudspeaker as this may distract your while you are driving.

Licence type and age Hands-free Wireless headsets Mobile phone on speaker setti

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