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Holders of learner, provisional and probationary licences must drive or ride with a 0.00 (zero) blood alcohol level BAC, regardless of age. Class RE motorcycle licence holders are also required to ride with a 0.00 BAC during their first year of riding, regardless of age or type of licence they hold.
Acknowledgement —prepared using information from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.
No. To get a work licence you need to apply in writing to the court and it will decide whether you get one or not. And to be entitled to apply for a work licence at all, you must be able to say "yes" to all of the things below:
Even if you can say "yes" that all of these things apply to you, to get a work licence:
Remember, if you do get a work licence your alcohol limit is zero. So if you drive or attempt to drive with a work licence with any alcohol in your system you are breaking the law.
If you have questions about a work licence, ask a lawyer for legal advice. Legal Aid Queensland has a free guide, Are you going to lose your driver licence? to help you apply for a work licence or special hardship order.
The law has changed. For all drink driving offences your licence is suspended immediately for at least the next 24 hours.
For some drink driving offences (for example if you were caught driving over the high alcohol limit, that is a BAC of 0.10% or more) your licence is suspended immediately until you go to court and finalise your case.
During the time you are waiting to go to court for the drink driving offence, you can apply in writing to the court for a special licence.
It is hard to get this sort of licence because there are not many circumstances where you will be able to show the court you should get one. So if you intend to plead guilty when you do go to court for the drink driving, you might decide it's not worth trying for a special licence for the time you are waiting to go to court.
If you have had your licence suspended until court and you are thinking about applying for a special licence, ask a lawyer for legal advice.
You may need legal advice if you:
Important: before seeking legal advice you must have a copy of your traffic history to show the lawyer - this is available from a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre by filling in a form and paying a fee. You should also apply for your QP9 before seeing a lawyer - contact your local police/police prosecutions office to find out how.
Legal Aid Queensland may provide legal advice on some traffic matters. Our Traffic Clinic provides specialist legal advice on complex traffic matters.
Legal advice may also be available from the following services.
Community legal centres may provide preliminary legal advice on traffic matters - check with individual CLCs whether they will advise on your matter.
Queensland Law Society can refer you to a specialist private solicitor for advice or representation.
The following organisations may also be able to help you. They do not provide legal advice.
Queensland Traffic Offenders Program (QTOP) is an educational court diversion program for first and second time offenders who want to plead guilty to a traffic offence, including drink driving, unsafe driving, disqualified driving, suspended licence, appealing licence disqualifications (fees apply for this service).
Department of Transport and Main Roads deals with complaints and enquiries concerning drivers licence, registration, traffic fines, etc.
Last updated 26 May 2021