How to Get your Learner Licence in Queensland

Written by Ross Mcleod

Here in Queensland, you can learn to drive once you’ve turned 16. Happy Birthday, and let’s get started!

What is the Learner Licence?

If you’re 16 or older, you can apply for a Learner Licence to drive a car. Once you have it, you can learn to drive a car only under supervision. Your supervisor must have a current, valid open licence which they’ve held for at least one year. A supervisor can be a parent, a friend of the family, or even a driving school, like Cairns Car School. You must acquire 100 hours of driving within 12 months. These hours must be recorded in your Learner Logbook, and must include 10 hours of night driving in order to progress to your Provisional 1 licence. If you choose to learn from a Queensland-accredited driving school, 10 hours will equal 30 hours on your logbook. Cairns Car School also offers night lessons, so you can easily acquire those night driving hours!

Many learners, and their parents, prefer to use a driving school for their solid coverage of the foundation habits for driving. Here at Cairns Car School, we focus on providing great foundational training in a light, fun environment. We want you to be as comfortable as possible so all that great knowledge will sink in and stay with you for life!

How do I get my Learner License?

There are four basic things you need to acquire the learner licence:

  1. 3 original forms of identification
  2. Your completed driver licence application form (F3000)
  3. If needed, a medical certificate from your doctor stating that that you are medically fit to drive.
  4. The written test fee and the licence fee
  5. A passing score on the written test

What to Study Beforehand

The first thing you need to study is Your Keys to Driving in Queensland, which will give you all the information you need to pass the written test. It will show you basics like how to properly display you L (learners) plates, basic road rules, what to do after a collision, what to do if you are tired, as well as what happens if you commit a driving offence.

Avoid cramming for your test by reviewing the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads materials well in advance. Be sure to complete the practice tests, as each test will be different, so you want to get used to seeing the different questions. We recommend starting to study for your written test at least a month in advance, so you can familiarise yourself with the material and gain confidence over time. Flashcards may be helpful, or even just observing as your parents drive and asking them questions will help as well!

Once you feel confident that you know the road rules backwards and forwards, you can schedule your test.

Applying for Your Learner’s – What You’ll Need to Bring with You

Don’t wait until the last minute to gather your 3 forms of identification, your application form (F3000), your medical certificate from your doctor (if needed), your written test fee and your licence fee. Make sure you have everything together the night before your test.

Passing the Written Test

Now that you’ve studied the material, and are consistently passing your practise tests, you’re ready to take the test:

  • Go to bed early the night before
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Get there early
  • Don’t stress!


If you don’t pass the first time, you can take it again tomorrow. Good luck!

You’ve Passed! What Happens Now?

Now you can hit the road with one of the driving instructors at Cairns Car School, and begin acquiring your 100 hours!