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.

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.

NSW

ACT

VIC

QLD

WA

New South Wales

Step One: Check your eligibility

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 at least 16 years and six months of age on the date of the Pre-Learner Course.
  • Have a current driver’s licence or TfNSW 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.

Step Two: Complete your NSW Pre-Learner Course.

Step Three: Complete the computer-based Driver Knowledge and Eyesight Tests at Service NSW

Make an appointment with Service NSW within three months, to complete your Driver Knowledge Test.  You can contact them on 13 77 88 or log into your app.  Don’t forget to take your course certificate.

Step Four: Practice your skills

You must hold your L’s for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 12 months, before you can apply for your Pre-Provisional Licence.

In the meantime, why not practice and hone your skills in Stay Upright’s courses that are perfect for your level of riding.

Step Five: Complete the Pre-Provisional Course and Skill Test (MOST)

Step Six: Head to your local ServiceNSW to get your P1 Licence.

Visit Service NSW with your Pre-Provisional certificate within 3 months of completing your course, along with your Learner Licence.  They will issue you a P1 Licence (Red P) which you will hold for 12 months.

Step Seven: Upgrade your P1 to a P2 or Unrestricted licence

After 12 months on your P1, you can head back to Service NSW to upgrade your licence to a P2 (Green P’s).  If you’re over 25 and hold an unrestricted Australian driving licence, you will upgrade to an Unrestricted Motorcycle Licence.

Now’s the time to really hone your skills and enjoy riding your bike safely.  Stay Upright has lots of courses to keep you improving and growing your enjoyment on the bike.

Australian Capital Territory

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must:

  • Be at least 16 years and nine months old
  • Be a resident of ACT (or about to be)

Step Two: Complete the Pre-Learner Licensing Course

Step Three: Visit Access Canberra Service Centre to get your Licence endorsed.

When you’ve completed your Pre-Learner Licence Course, take your certificate, along with your Driver’s Licence to an Access Canberra Service Centre within one month and it will be endorsed with the Learner rider class.  Please note that the certificate expires after one month.

Step Four: Practice your skills for at least three months

You may apply for your Pre-Provisional Course three months after your Licence was endorsed.  You’ll also need to ensure your Licence remains active and that your knowledge test, which lasts 12 months from completion, remains current.

Whilst you’re waiting for the next step, it’s a great time to practice what you’ve learnt and perfect your skills.  Stay Upright’s Range to Road Course and Private Lessons are excellent ways to develop your roadcraft abilities and practice for your Pre-Provisional Licence.

Step Five: Complete the Pre-Provisional Course and Skills Test (MOST)

Step Six: Head to Access Canberra to get your Licence.

When you’ve completed your MOST, take your certificate to Access Canberra Service Centre and receive a  Provisional Licence.

A Provisional Licence lasts for three years.  At this time, on the renewal of your existing Licence, you’ll be upgraded to a Full Licence.

If you have a Driver’s Licence (Provisional or Full), your Provisional Motorcycle Licence class will be added.  This will remain for 12 months, or the end of your driving provisional period, whichever is the longest.

For those without a Driver’s Licence

Take the Pre-Learner (Theory) Licence course for those without a Driver’s Licence (PLLC).

Victoria

Step One: Check your eligibility

You must:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Be a resident of Victoria
  • Free of any restrictions that would disqualify you from holding or achieving a Victorian Learner Permit.
  • Hold a current Victorian Car Learner’s Permit, or a Victorian Car Licence OR have passed a VicRoads road rules test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre and received a VicRoads Customer Number.
  • Be medically fit enough to ride a motorcycle.  If you have a medical condition or take prescribed medication, please call our friendly Customer Service team so that they can help you with the process. You may need to provide the relevant medical reports to us before you book your assessment. You may be required to have an initial medical assessment to establish your capacity to ride a motorcycle.

Step Two: Complete your Two-Day Pre-Learner course – Motorcycle Permit Assessment Course (MPA).

Step Three: Practice Your Skills

Whilst there’s no minimum wait time between completing your MPA and Check Ride, you must wait at least three months after your MPA and at least one month after your Check Ride before you can attempt the Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA).  You must complete all three within a period of 15 months.  In the meantime, practice your skills and consider taking a Stay Upright private lesson with our experienced instructors who can help with any specific areas of your riding technique you’d like to improve.

Step Four: Complete the Check Ride (CR).

The CR needs to be completed at least one month prior to completing your Motorcycle Licence Assessment.

Step Five: Take a Hazard Perception Test (if you don’t hold a Driver’s Licence)

If you don’t hold a Victorian Driver’s Licence, you will need to head to VicRoads to undertake a Hazard Perception Test.

Step Six: Complete your Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA)

Queensland

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must have held your Drivers Licence for 12 months before applying for a motorcycle learners permit.

Step two: Complete the Q-Ride Pre-Learner Course (two days)

Step three: Complete the Knowledge Test

In order to obtain your Learner Licence, you must take a 30-question knowledge test and pay the applicable fee to Department Transport and Main Roads (TMR).  You can practice the online motorcycle test here.

Step four: Spend 90 days practicing

You must hold your Learner’s Licence for a minimum of 90 days before you may apply for your Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence.  Stay Upright offer private lessons and accompanied rides to help you gain valuable supervised on-road experience. You cannot ride unsupervised during this time.

Step five – Complete the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) at TMR

Find out more here. You must complete HPT before you move to Step 6 – Completing the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course.

Step six: Complete the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course.

Time to book in with us for the next stage of your licensing journey, the  Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course. Make sure you have completed Step 5 above first  – the HPT.

Step seven: Spend two years on your RE Licence (Open or Provisional).

You will need to hold a RE Licence for two years, before upgrading to a Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Licence or riding an R-Class bike.  You are permitted to carry a pillion passenger after 12-months on a RE Licence.

Stay Upright offer a variety of courses to build your confidence and hone your physical and mental driving skills.  Consider taking a Roadsmart course or Accompanied ride.

Step eight: Receive your R-class Learner’s Permit automatically, after two years.

You will automatically receive an R-class Learner’s Permit after holding a RE Licence for two years.  This allows you to ride a Class R motorcycle – a two or three-wheel bike with an unlimited engine size.  However, you must display an L-plate and be escorted by a holder of an R-class Licence for a minimum of 12 months.  You may not carry pillion riders.

Stay Upright offers a variety of private courses and accompanied rides to assist you in gaining experience on an R-class bike.

Step nine: Book your Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Course

Step ten: Upgrade your Licence online or at a TMR office

Once marked competent you may now upgrade your licence online, or visit a TMR office. Once processed you are fully Licenced.

Western Australia

Riding a Motorcycle in WA

If you want to ride a motorcycle, in Western Australia, you must hold a driver’s licence that authorises you to ride these classes of vehicles. If you don’t have a driver’s licence, you can obtain a licence that permits you to ride a moped.  There are three classes of licence pertaining to motorcycles.

Licence type What you can ride
R-N R Class with an N Restriction A moped that is designed to drive at 50m/h max, with an engine capacity of 50cc.
R-E
R class with an E restriction
A LAMS (link to www.transport.wa.gov.au/lams ) approved motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 660cc and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t (with foot or hand operated clutch).
R Any motorcycle
R-N R Class with an N Restriction

This licence permits you to ride a moped without having a driving licence.

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must be at least 15 years and six months old.

Step two: Pass the written Motorcycle Theory Test

Book and pay for the Motorcycle Theory test at WA Department of Transport (DOT).  This consists of 35 multiple choice questions extracted from the Road Safe Handbook that relate to general road rules and questions specific to motorcycling.  To pass you must achieve a score of 28 or higher.  Sample questions can be found here.

Step three: Learn to Ride

Stay Upright offers a number of great courses that will help you.

Step four: Pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT, R-N Class)

The next step is to pass the HPT which can be taken at WA’s DOT Centres.  You only need to book if you live in a regional area.  You can find example questions here

Step five: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the PDA and must have already passed the HPT.  Alternatively, book your PDA Prep and Test Session through Stay Upright and we will book your WA DOT Motorcycle Practical Driving Assessment (R-N Class) to suit.

The PDA determines your general riding skills, such as your ability to:

  • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure ‘O’ without putting a foot on the ground.
  • Correctly park and start on a hill.
  • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.

If you’d like to ensure success and finesse your skills, we offer a number of courses that can help you.

R-E R class with an E restriction

This licence permits you to ride a Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAMS).

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must be 16+ years of age.

Step two: Apply and pay for your Learner’s Permit

Step three: Pass the written Motorcycle Theory Test

Book and pay for the Motorcycle Theory test at WA Department of Transport (DOT).  This consists of 35 multiple choice questions extracted from the Road Safe Handbook that relate to general road rules and questions specific to motorcycling.  To pass you must achieve a score of 28 or higher.  Sample questions can be found here.

Step four: Learn to Ride (R-E)

Before you get on your bike there are a few things you should know:

  • An approved supervisor must accompany you at all times either as a pillion passenger, in a sidecar or on another motorcycle.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.

Stay Upright makes it easy for you to learn with some great courses available.

Step five: Pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT – R-E Class)

Once you are more than 16.5 years old and have held your Learner’s Permit for more than six months, you can take the HPT – R-E Class Test at DOT.  You only need to book and pay in advance, for regional centres, at which tests must begin before 3.45pm. You can find some sample questions here.

Step six: Gain Experience

If you don’t hold a Driver’s Licence, you must achieve at least 50 hours of logged riding experience.  This must include at least five hours of night driving.

Stay Upright has a range of courses that can help you gain experience along with seat-time, ideal for this stage of your journey.

Step seven: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

Once you are 17+ year’s old and either hold a full Driver’s Licence or have completed Step 5, you must take the PDA.  Stay Upright’s PDA Preparation Course (Moped and RE) will prepare you for the course.

Step eight: Obtain your Provisional Licence

With the PDA under your belt, you’ll receive a Provisional Licence (if this is your first licence) and will now be able to ride unsupervised.  If you already hold a WA Driver’s Licence, the new class will be added to your existing licence.

For the first two years, or until you reach 19 years of age, whichever is the longer period, you will remain restricted under the Provisional Licence.  This means you can only ride a LAMS and you must wear an approved helmet.

At this point in your riding career, it’s a great idea to perfect your skills for both enjoyment and safety.  Stay Upright has a range of great courses that are suitable for you.

Learn to Ride any size of Motorcycle (R-Class)

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must hold an R-E class licence for a minimum of two years, before you apply for your R-class licence.

Step two: Learn to Ride an R-class motorcycle

You can begin to learn to ride R class motorcycles as soon as your R-E class licence has been issued.  Although a Learner’s Permit is not required, you must display L plates and be accompanied by an approved supervisor.

Stay Upright has some great courses to help you at this stage.

Step three: Apply for your Licence

Complete Application Form DLA1.

Provide Proof of Identity.

Submit your application to WA Department of Transport (DOT).

Step four: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

At this stage, you need to take your PDA with DOT.  Alternatively, to ensure success, book Stay Upright’s PDA Prep and Test Session (R-Class) or Private Lessons and we will make it easy for you.  If you successfully pass the PDA, your Licence will be updated to authorise you to ride R-class motorcycles.

The PDA determines your general riding skills such as:

  • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure-O without putting a foot on the ground.
  • Correctly park and start on a hill.
  • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.