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How to apply for a driver licence

You can apply for a driver licence at any Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre. Remember, you must not drive until you have been granted a driver licence. This means you must not drive to a customer service centre to apply for your driver licence.

At the customer service centre, you must tell the issuing officer that a court has ordered your disqualification to be removed and that you now want to apply for a driver licence. The officer will tell you whether you need to apply for a learner licence or a provisional licence and whether you need to pass a written test and/or a practical driving test. The type of licence you are eligible to apply for and whether you will be required to take a test depends upon how long you have been disqualified from holding a licence and the type of licence you held before you were disqualified.

If you are granted a provisional licence rather than a learner’s licence without being required to pass a driving test, it will only be for the class of vehicle for which you previously held a licence. If you want to drive a new class of vehicle, you will have to apply for a learner licence for that class of vehicle.

When making your application, you must:

  • complete an application form
  • bring proof of identity
  • bring proof of Queensland residence.

Sample proof of identification:

  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian or foreign passport
  • Queensland 18+ card
  • Medicare card

Sample proof of Queensland residence:

  • ATO tax file number confirmation
  • Bank statement
  • Queensland local government rates notice

You also may need to pass an eyesight test.

If you believe that the Department of Transport and Main Roads has incorrectly assessed your eligibility for a particular class of licence, or you have a special need for a licence, seek legal advice as to what if any options that you may have.

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