Here's the criteria you'll need to meet to start the process:
What you need:
17 years of age, or over
Have had your Learners Licence for a minimum of 12 months
Have logged your required driving hours (if under 25)
Must have completed the on-line Hazard Perception Test
If you are under 25 you will need to complete a minimum 100 hours of driving experience before you can sit the practical driving test and progress from your learner licence. You will need to record your driving experience in a learner logbook.
why so many supervised hours? Extensive supervised driving experience is one of the most effective ways to prepare young people for unsupervised driving. Research shows that drivers tend to learn basic car control skills relatively quickly. However, it takes significantly longer to learn more complex cognitive abilities involving judgment, risk assessment and decision making that enables a novice driver to be safe across a wide range of potentially hazardous situations. See 100 hours as an absolute minimum, and get as broad a range of experience as possible, city and country driving, day and night, busy and quiet, good weather and bad. Whilst you might start driving in familiar streets, make sure you get plenty of experience on roads you don't know.
Understanding what's ahead
You might wish to review the Driving Examiner Assessment Procedures Manual. This lets you know what the Driving Examiner (DE) will be looking for, and should help you pass the test.
The following document refers to the NSW system, however it is an excellent guide to the Practical Driving Test. It is worth reading through. There are very few differences between the Queensland and NSW Practical Drivers Test, however the administrative procedures to follow differ greatly. Use the document only for the on-road instructions.
If you are under 25, you will need to submit a learner logbook. You can submit your learner logbook using the Queensland Learner Logbook app or YLOODrive App logbook which has been approved by QLD Govt, or you can submit your Queensland Learner Logbook at any Australia Post office. If you are over 25 years old you do not need to submit a logbook.
We will then contact you to let you know whether your logbook has passed. You can choose to be notified by SMS or email. It will take at least 12 business days for us to receive and process your logbook.
Note: Q-SAFE practical riding tests for class RE and R motorcycle licences cannot be booked online. If you are eligible to take a Q-SAFE practical riding test, you will need to book a test by calling 13 23 80 and then pay online or visit your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre that performs licensing services.
If you need to change or cancel your booking, make sure to do it at least 2 business days before your test to avoid losing your booking fee. If you don't, your fees won't be refunded and you will need to pay a new booking fee.
Saturday tests are available to help reduce driving test wait times in areas of high demand. These tests cost the same as a weekday driving test and can be booked, changed or cancelled in the same way as weekday tests.
Saturday tests are available at the following locations only:
If you don’t meet these requirements, you will need to book and pay for a new test.
You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre. You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.
Once you arrive for your test, you will need to go inside the centre and register your attendance with a customer service officer. If the centre is not open (for example, if your test is booked for 8am and the centre does not open until 8.30am or 9:30am on Wednesdays) you should wait outside the customer service centre entrance for the driving examiner to meet you.
Your test fee will not be refunded if your test is cancelled because you:
don’t meet the logbook requirements at the time of the test
don’t have the registered operator’s permission to use the vehicle for the test
have a test vehicle that isn’t safe and suitable for the test.
People often prefer to take the test in a car provided by a Professional Driver Trainer.