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Learner licence demerit points

Learner licence holders (class C)

If 4 or more demerit points are recorded against your traffic history within a continuous 1 year period and at the time of the offence/s you held a Queensland class C learner licence, you will be sent an 'Accumulation of Demerit Points Notice of Driver Licence Suspension' advising that your driver licence will be suspended for 3 months. You will not have the option of a good driving behaviour period.

What does this mean to you?

You cannot drive a motor vehicle during the period of your driver licence suspension. You are not required to hand in your driver licence. If at the end of your driver licence suspension period your driver licence has not expired, your driver licence will be automatically reinstated. If your driver licence has expired, you will need to renew it before you start driving again.

If at the end of your driver licence suspension period your driver licence is cancelled or suspended for any other reason, such as a court disqualification, or licence suspension for a speeding offence or unpaid fines etc., you must not drive.

What happens if I drive while my driver licence is suspended?

If you are found driving during your driver licence suspension period, you will be charged with unlicensed driving and you will be required to appear in court. If the charge is proven, the court will disqualify you from holding or obtaining a driver licence for 6 months and may impose a fine of more than $4,800 or 1 year imprisonment.

What is the effect of a driver licence suspension?

To be eligible to upgrade to a class C provisional driver licence, a class C learner licence must be held for at least 1 year. Any time that your learner licence is suspended will not count towards the 1 year period and the date that you can apply for a provisional licence will be delayed.

What if I want to change the start date of my driver licence suspension?

You may elect to begin your driver licence suspension period before the date shown on the 'Accumulation of Demerit Points Notice of Driver Licence Suspension'. The start date cannot be before the current date or after the date shown on the notice.

If you do not notify the department that you want your driver licence suspension period to begin on an earlier date then your driver licence will be suspended from the start date shown on the notice.

How do I notify the department that I want to begin my driver licence suspension earlier?

You may notify the department that you want to begin your driver licence suspension on an earlier date by completing the section shown on the 'Accumulation of Demerit Points Notice of Driver Licence Suspension' notice and either:

Learner drivers (other than class C)

If you hold a Queensland provisional or open licence, you are authorised to learn to drive a vehicle in the next higher class of licence. For example, the holder of a class C open licence can learn to drive a class LR vehicle.

You must be accompanied by a person who holds a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are learning to drive and who has held the licence for at least 1 year. If you learn to drive or ride a vehicle while unaccompanied, you will get a fine and 4 demerit points. 

For information about how these demerit points may affect you, please follow the link to the appropriate web page for your licence type:

Last updated
26 July 2016