Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Can I get my driver licence on my 17th birthday?

Can I get my driver licence on my 17th birthday?


The answer is ‘yes, it’s possible’.  However, you will need to do a few things long before
your birthday rolls around.  Most importantly, you will need to have got your L’s on your 16th birthday (best of luck with that one) so that you have waited the minimum one year before getting your P’s.  Likewise, you will also need to have completed your logbook, and have it approved before you can do the driving test.
You can now submit your logbook to the Department of Transport and Man Roads (TMR) for approval before you turn 17.  People were previously required to be 17 before submitting their logbook, however TMR are now receiving and approving logbooks submitted by people prior to their 17th birthday.
No doubt, you have spent a lot of time & energy, apart from the task of driving, filling in the logbook with 100 hours including 10 hours of night driving.  You will need to spend a little time checking through your logbook before sending it off.
Some things worth checking:
  • The amount of hours – check your adding up so you get the right amount, & have a few extra hours filled in just in case you have miscalculated something.
  • Use a pen –make sure that all entries are written in pen, not pencil, and can be easily read.
  • Complete & sign the Driving Experience Declaration in the logbook – the witness to your signature must hold a current Queensland open driver licence.
To make the deadline of getting your licence on your 17th birthday, you will need to submit your logbook early enough for the Department of Transport and Main Roads to approve it before your driving test.  Without approval, you could risk losing your test booking fee.
Submitting your logbook is easy - take your learner logbook to any Australia Post office for it to be sent to the Department of Transport and Main Roads for approval.  It takes at least 12 business days for DTMR to receive and process your logbook.  You will be notified of the result by mail.  In addition to this you can also be notified by email, SMS or phone – select your preference on the Driver Experience Declaration.  If, in the situation your logbook was in any way incomplete, it would be returned for you to complete.
Remember, if you're unsure about your driving test, it can be helpful to get a professional instructor to put you through the paces and give you some practical driving test tips first.  Book a series of lessons and a lesson & test package with an approved driving school.


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