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How do I get my motorcycle licence? 2018-02-18T12:23:00+00:00

How do I get my motorcycle licence?

Wondering what steps are involved to get your motorcycle licence? Let us help to de-mystify the process – simply select your state below to get started.

New South Wales

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia, or a temporary overseas visitor (for more information on International Licences, contact Service NSW)
  • have a NSW residential address
  • be 16 years and 6 months of age or older on the date of the test
  • have a current drivers licence or RMS Customer number (obtained from Service NSW)
  • be able to pass an eyesight test and be medically fit to complete the training and hold a rider licence
  • ensure your Licence is not currently suspended or ineligible
  • have no outstanding fines with the State Debt Recovery Office
  • have no restrictions in force for improper conduct

The first step to obtain your motorcycle licence in NSW, is to complete your Pre-Learner course. This is run over 2 days, for 3.5 hours per day. This course will teach you how to ride a motorcycle and enable you to obtain your Learner Licence from the RMS. The cost is $92, which includes motorcycle, helmet and gloves if needed. Students need to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear. (For information on International Licences, contact Service NSW).  

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At the RMS, you will need to complete the Knowledge Test and Eyesight Test. You have 3 months from completion of your L’s course to do this.

You must hold your L’s for a minimum of 3 months, before you are eligible to apply for your Pre-Provisional Licence. You must apply for your Pre-Provisional Licence within 12 months of obtaining your Learner Licence. Stay Upright offers courses to assist you to practice the skills you will need for the Pre-Provisional Licence and ongoing riding. These include our Range to Road, Practice Sessions and Private Lessons.

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It is a one day course – 6.5 hours for the course and 1.5 hours for the test. This course will develop your skills on the range, as well as take you out on the road with the instructor. You will also complete the MOST Skill Test at the conclusion of the course, and if successful, you will be eligible to receive your Provisional Licence from the RMS. The cost is $194. Motorcycle hire is available for $180 for the course and test. Students need to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear.

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Present certificate issued at the end of the P’s training and testing along with Learner Licence to the RMS. The RMS will issue you your P1 licence (Red P’s). You will hold your P1 Licence for 12 months.

Attend RMS and upgrade licence to P2 (Green P’s) or unrestricted licence. Upgrade is dependent on age and driver licence status – if over the age of 25 and also the holder of an unrestricted Australian driver licence, then upgrade to an Unrestricted Motorcycle Licence otherwise upgrade to P2 (Green P’s).

What do I have to wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear. Helmet and gloves are provided on the Learner course, and avaiable for hire, along with a bike, on the Pre-Provisional Course.

What happens if I am late?

You will not be able to start the course and will need to make a new booking.

What happens if I am late on the second day?

You will not be able to start the day and will need to make a new booking and you will also need to do the first day again.

What happens if it rains?

All courses proceed regardless of weather conditions.

I have never ridden a bike before – will I be able to complete the Learner’s course?

The course is designed to teach someone who has never ridden a motorcycle. If you can ride a bicycle and have good balance and coordination then you have the basics.

Australian Capital Territory 

To obtain your motorcycle licence in ACT, you must be 16 years and 9 months old, be an ACT resident or are about to become one and have an Australian drivers licence – Learners, Provisional or full.

This is run over 1 full day or 2 days for 3.5 hours per day. This course will teach you how to ride a motorcycle and enable you to obtain your Learner Licence from Access Canberra. The course cost is $261 and includes motorcycle, helmet and gloves. Students need to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear.

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You must hold your L’s for a minimum of 3 months, before you are eligible to apply for your Pre-Provisional Licence. You must apply for your Pre-Provisional Licence within 12 months of obtaining your Learner Licence. Stay Upright offers courses to assist you to practice the skills you will need for the Pre-Provisional Licence and ongoing riding. These include our Range to Road, Practice Sessions and Private Lessons.

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It is a one day course – 6.5 hours for the course and 1.5 hours for the test. This course will develop your skills on on the range, as well as take you out on the road with the instructor. You will also complete the MOST Skill Test at the conclusion of the course, and if successful, you will be eligible to receive your Provisional Licence from the RTA. The cost is $210. Motorcycle hire is available for $160 for the course and test. Students need to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear.

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Present certificate issued at the end of the P’s training and testing along with Learner Licence to the Access Canberra. You will be issued you your Provisonal licence for 12 months if over the age of 26 and have a full drivers licence. If you have a drivers provisional licence you will be on your rider provisional licence for the same period or 12 months which ever is longer.

Attend Access Canberra and upgrade licence to unrestricted licence. Upgrade is dependent on age and driver licence status – if over the age of 26 and also the holder of an unrestricted Australian driver licence then you can upgrade to an Unrestricted Motorcycle Licence.

What do I have to wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear. Helmet and gloves and a bike are provided on the Learner course, and bike hire is available for the Pre-Provisional Course.

What happens if I am late?

You will not be able to start the course and will need to make a new booking.

What happens if it rains?

All courses proceed regardless of weather conditions.

I have never ridden before will the course teach me?

The course is based around zero motorcycle experience, all you need is a good sense of balance and coordination.

Victoria

You’ll need to be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • a Victorian resident
  • not disqualified from holding or getting a Victorian learner permit
  • you’ve passed a road rules knowledge test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.
    (This is not required if you already hold a current car learner permit or driver licence)
  • medically fit to ride. If you have a medical condition or take prescribed medication which may affect your ability to ride a motorcycle you’ll need to provide the relevant medical reports to us before you book your assessment. You may be required to have an initial assessment to establish your capacity to ride a motorcycle. If you’re not sure call VicRoads medical review team on 13 11 71 for further information, or call Stay Upright on 03 9731 1499.

To get a motorcycle (including motor scooters) learner permit in Victoria you’ll need to successfully complete a two-day course.

The two-day learner course will include:

  • an eyesight test
  • a learner permit knowledge test
  • an on-road and off-road assessment

Your motorcycle knowledge test is a paper-based test consisting of 32 questions. You’ll need to answer 25 questions correctly to pass (78% pass mark).

It will teach you how to ride a motorcycle and how to reduce risks while riding on the road. The cost is $479 on weekdays and $539 on weekends which includes motorcycle, helmet and gloves. Students need to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear. To help you prepare for your test you must read the Victorian Rider handbook.

Upon successful completion we will issue you with a Motorcycle Learner Permit which is valid for 15 months. VicRoads will mail you your motorcycle learner permit card.

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The Check Ride is a compulsory 3.5 hour coaching session. It is made up of on-range and on-road activities. The course can be undertaken on your own motorcycle (recommended) or on Stay Upright’s motorcycle. It must be completed at least one month before going for your Motorcycle Licence Assessment (the next step).

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While there is no minimum waiting period between completing your Learners Permit and Check Ride, you must wait at least 1 month after your Check Ride and 3 months after obtaining your Learners Permit before attempting the Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA) (the final step). You only have a total of 15 months to complete all 3 steps – Learners Permit, Check Ride and MLA. The fastest you can complete all 3 steps is 3 months.

Stay Upright offers private one on one tuition to help you improve your riding skills and focus on any specific areas you’d like help with.

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The MLA is a 1.5 hour assessment session and can be undertaken on your own motorcycle (recommended) or Stay Upright’s motorcycle. It is conducted one-on-one with an assessor.

The assessment includes on-range and on-road components. Upon successful completion you will be issued with a Motorcycle Licence with certain restrictions for 3 years.

If you do not hold a car license you will need to complete a Hazard Perception Test at a VicRoads office prior to undertaking the MLA and also pay a first license fee through us.

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What do I have to wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear. Helmet and gloves are provided on the Learner Course. They will be provided upon request for the Check Ride and MLA courses.

How old do I have to be?

You must be 18 years of age or over to obtain your Learner Permit.

What happens if I am late?

You will not be able to start the course and will need to make a new booking. Fees and charges apply.

What happens if it rains?

All courses proceed regardless of weather conditions.

What happens if I am late on the second day of the MPA?

You will not be able to start the day and will need to make a new booking to complete the second day within one month. Fees and charges apply.

What if I have a medical condition?

If you have a medical condition or take regularly prescribed medicine please contact our office on 03 9731 1499 prior to booking for EACH of the three steps. We will assist you with the process of obtaining the necessary approvals from VicRoads.

How do I convert my Overseas or Interstate Licence?

The requirements for licence conversion vary. Please contact our office on 03 9731 1499 to obtain details.

Are there any additional written tests?

If you do not possess a Victorian Car Learner Permit you will need to undertake a written Road Rule Test at a VicRoads office prior to doing the MPA course. If you do not possess a Victorian Car Licence you will need to undertake a written Hazard Perception Test at a VicRoads office prior to doing the MLA.

I have never ridden a motorcycle before – will I be able to complete the Learner Course?

The course is designed to teach someone who has never ridden a motorcycle. If you can ride a bicycle and have good balance and coordination then you have the basics.

What if I want to give it a try before committing to the Learner course?

We offer a 1.5 hour private tuition session one-on-one with an instructor for $150 in a controlled environment. Motorcycle, helmet and gloves are provided. This is a great way for you to try riding a motorcycle so you can decide if you would like to proceed.

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Queensland

You must hold a provisional or open car licence and have held the licence for at least 1 year.

To obtain your Learners Licence, you must attend a two day (12.5 hr) competency based Q-Ride training course. A fully insured, late model Motorcycle and all safety gear will be supplied by Stay Upright for a one off charge of $399.

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The final step to obtain your Learner Licence is to answer 30 questions and pay the applicable fee to Department Transport & Main Roads (TMR) once you have passed. This can be done online or by attending TMR. You can practice the online motorcycle test here.

You must hold your Learners Licence for a minimum of 3 months before you are eligible to apply for your Restricted  Licence. You cannot ride unsupervised during this time. Stay Upright offers Private Lessons, Accompanied Rides and Roadsmart courses to assist you to gain valuable supervised on road experience.

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This is a one day – 7.5 hour competency based course. This course will develop and assess your skills on the training range, as well as take you out on the road with the instructor. Once you are marked competent, you will be eligible to upgrade your Learner Licence to a Restricted Licence.

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You may now log in online or present to TMR to upgrade from your Learners Licence to your Restricted Licence. If you currently have an open car licence, you will receive an “RE Open Licence” (no P plates will need to be displayed). If you are currently on a provisional car licence, you will receive a “RE Provisional Licence” and will have to display the corresponding P plates. Or you can wear a vest that clearly displays a capital ‘P’ of the relevant colour on the back. 

Go riding and have fun! Training does not need to end at this point however – Stay Upright offers Accompanied rides, and RoadSmart courses to maintain and improve on the skills you have learned. You will need to hold an RE Licence for a minimum of two years should you wish to upgrade to an R class Unrestricted Licence. You are only allowed to ride a LAMS approved bike on your RE Licence. However once you have held the RE Licence for 12 months you will be able to carry a pillion passenger.

This is a great time to complete your Roadsmart 1 course with Stay Upright. The first of three road-skill focussed courses, our four hour SU Roadsmart 1 expands the skills – both mental and physical – your journey through the licensing courses introduced you to.

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Once you have held your RE Licence for two years, you automatically obtain your R class Learners permit. A class R motorcycle is a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle with unlimited engine size. This allows  you to gain experience riding an R class motorcycle, however you must display an L plate, and have someone ride with you, they must currently be an R class licenced rider for a minimum of 12 months as an escort (no pillions on the R bike yet). Stay Upright runs Private Lessons and Accompanied rides to assist gaining experience on a R class bike.

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Enrol into the half day R class licence course to upgrade from you RE  Licence to your R class licence. Once you have completed and passed this course, you are able to ride any motorcycle you want and carry pillions.

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Once marked competent you may now upgrade your licence online, or attend a TMR office. Once processed you are now fully licenced to ride any bike you desire, unescorted.

What do I have to wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear (not steel caps). Helmet, jacket and gloves will be provided as required on our courses.

What happens if I am late?

If we have already started the course you will be unable to join the class and will have to re-book and pay again.

What happens if it rains?

All courses proceed regardless of weather conditions.

I have never ridden a bike before – will I be able to complete the Learner’s course?

 Absolutely, the learners course is structured for the complete novice.

Is lunch provided?

Our training areas have kitchen facilities onsite – including a fridge and microwave. There are take away outlets within a short walk or drive if you choose to purchase lunch.

What is LAMS?

LAMS simply stands for Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme – allowing you to ride a motorcycle up to 660cc with a horsepower to weight ratio of less than 150 kw / tonne. When you have your Learners Licence and RE Licence, you are restricted to riding a LAMS bike.

How to get your motorcycle licence

“Q-Ride” this, “MGLS” that – working out how to get your motorcycle licence in your region can be a nightmare. To make your riding life easier, we’ve created a step by step guide to getting your motorcycle licence in your area! Whether you need to Q-Ride in Brisbane or Cairns, do your MPA or Check Ride in Victoria, attend your Pre Learner Course in NSW or Pre Provisional course in the ACT, we have the course for you. You can now book straight into the correct course, or expand the box to read more and get the full picture of what you need to do next, what’s included and where you need to be. Riding a motorcycle is one of life’s great pleasures – this page helps you to get yourself on two wheels, now!

Learning to ride a motorcycle from scratch can be daunting. We know this, having coached motorcycle riders in Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and NSW since 1981, so our experienced riding coaches are trained to get the best out of nervous riders. We know that once a new rider is comfortable, they are able to take on new information much easier, so no matter which government-administered rider training program you are trained under (Q-Ride, MGLS, GLS or, as it is still referred to, the “Stay Upright Course”), we have the expertise to make it as achievable for new riders as possible.

Our Rider Training Centres in NSW (Clyde, Rouse Hill, Bathurst, Queanbeyan, Wagga), Queensland (Brisbane, Nerang, Cairns), Victoria (Hoppers Crossing, Geelong, Ballarat, Horsham) and the ACT are stocked with the motorcycles and people to make your riding dreams a reality!     

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