PrepL is an interactive online program for getting your learner licence. It teaches new drivers the road rules and safe driving behaviours. It does this through a series of interactive activities, videos and scenarios. At the end of PrepL, there is a 30 question multiple choice test. You need to get 90% correct to get your learners.
You can enrol in PrepL if you are at least 15 years and 11 months old. This gives you time to work through and pass PrepL so you can get your learner licence on your 16th birthday. PrepL takes approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete.
PrepL combines both learning and assessment (the test). PrepL will take around 4-6 hours to complete. You will have 12 months to complete the course from the date of your enrolment. You can do PrepL at your own pace, any time, using a compatible smartphone, tablet or computer.
Once you have passed PrepL or the written road rules test, and are at least 16 years old, you can apply for your learner licence. You will need to do this in person at a TMR service centre.
When you get your learner licence it will be valid for 3 years to allow enough time for you to complete your 100 hours of supervised driving experience, pass your hazard perception test and undertake your practical driving test.
If you need to retake your practical driving test, you have 3 years to work on your driving skills before you upgrade to your P1 provisional licence.
A learner licence is issued only for the learner driving stage. If you progress to your P1 provisional licence before your 3 year learner licence expires, you won’t be able to transfer the remaining time to your P1 licence.
You will receive a driver licence receipt for your learner licence which authorises you to drive until your learner licence is received in the mail. You will also receive information on how to access the learner logbook app (such as YLOODrive App logbook which has been approved by QLD Govt) to record your driving experience. If you need one, you can be provided a hardcopy logbook.
What to do once you have your license
Rules for learner driving
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 a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
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 can't 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.
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 get 2 demerit points recorded on your traffic history. If you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months.
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.
Rules for driving with a learner licence
When learning to drive you must:
have a supervisor beside you—someone who holds a valid 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
If you are under 25, you must not use hands-free kits, Bluetooth accessories, wireless headsets or the phone's loudspeaker function. If your phone is in a pocket of your clothing or a pouch you're wearing, you must not use it in any way. This includes touching it, looking at it or operating it with your voice.
When safely stopped you can use a phone to:
pay for goods and services, for example at a drive through
gain access to or from a road-related area, such as a car park
present a digital driver licence or other document to police when asked
get a card or money out of a phone wallet for these listed purposes.
You can also use your phone when safely parked. Parked means stopped with the intention of staying at that place.
If you are found using a mobile phone while driving, you may be given a fine and 4 demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. Double demerit points will apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within 12 months 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.
You must pass the hazard perception test before you can take your practical driving test.
You are eligible to take the hazard perception test after you've held your learner licence for 6 months. Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will send you an email to let you know when you can take the test.
Your next step is to start learning how to drive - either with a trusted family member / supervisor, or with a professional driving instructor.
If you would like to find a trusted ADTA instructor in your area.
You must not use any function of a mobile phone while you're driving or riding. This includes when you're waiting at lights, or stuck in traffic, and means texting, hands-free, speaker mode and GPS functions. The only time you can use your mobile is when you're safely parked out of the line of traffic.