Getting A Learner’s Permit

If you’re new to riding and want to get your licence in Australia, there are a few things you need to know. We’ll outline the process of getting a learner’s permit and give tips on staying upright while riding.

If you want to ride a motorcycle in Australia, you’ll need to apply for a learner’s permit. The process for getting a learner’s permit varies from state to state. Once you have your permit, you can ride a motorcycle as long as another licenced rider supervises you. If you want to ride without supervision, you’ll need to pass a practical riding test and upgrade your licence. Booking a learner’s permit test is easy – reach out to Stay Upright, and we’ll help you through the process.

Qualifying for a learner’s permit in Australia

To obtain a learner’s permit in Australia, you must complete a written and driving test. The written test covers the Road Rules, and the Driving Test covers your ability to control a vehicle safely. To book your learner permit test, you will need to

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have held a learner’s permit for at least six months
  • Have completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving
  • Provide evidence of identity
  • Provide proof of residency
  • Pay the relevant fee

Step-by-step process to obtain a learner’s permit in Australia

If you’re considering getting your learner’s permit, you’ll need to book a test appointment with your local driver licensing authority. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

  1. Visit StayUpright through your browser.
  2. Find the book now tab and discover the courses available before booking a learner’s permit test.
  3. Follow the instructions on how to book a test online or over the phone, and apply.
  4. Once you have your learner’s permit test booking confirmation, study it! We have resources available to help you brush up on the road rules.
  5. On the day of your test, arrive early and present yourself at the testing office with your proof of identity documents.
  6. Once you’ve passed the written test, you can then proceed with getting your learner’s permit.

Congratulations — you’re one step closer to hitting the open road! Just remember to always drive safely and responsibly.

Find our more on how to get your learners permit and the guidelines for each state

For more information on NSW click here

For more information on QLD click here

For more information on ACT click here

For more information on VIC click here

Transitioning from a learner’s permit to a full licence

Upgrading a learner’s permit to a full licence is a multi-step process. Generally, you will need to complete a written exam, pass a vision test, and demonstrate your skills behind the wheel in a road test. If you are under 18, you may also need to complete an approved driver’s education course. Once you have met all the requirements, you will be issued a full licence.

StayUpright can help you with this process by providing information on booking your learner’s permit test and ensuring you are fully prepared for your road test. With our assistance, upgrading to a full licence can be a hassle-free experience.

Get your learner’s permit and driver’s licence today with Stay Upright!

Suppose you are a new rider or returning to riding after a long break. In that case, you must receive professional training to help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to ride safely and confidently. Stay Upright is registered and accredited to provide training and testing services throughout various Australian locations. We can offer our students a range of benefits, including booking their learner’s permit test with us and accessing our wide range of resources and support.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through obtaining your learner’s permit and help you develop the skills you need to ride safely on the roads.

Contact us today to learn more about our Learner Courses and how we can help you get started on your journey to becoming a confident rider.


Can you drive a motorcycle on a learner's permit in Australia?

You cannot drive a motorcycle in Australia on a learner’s permit. You must pass a motorcycle learner’s permit test before riding on a motorcycle.

Can I ride a motorbike on L-plates?

You can’t ride a motorbike on L-plates until you’ve passed your learner’s permit test. Once you’ve passed this, you’re allowed to ride a motorcycle under the following conditions: you must be supervised by a qualified rider who has held their full licence for at least two years; you must display L-plates on the front and rear of the motorcycle, and you must not ride on a freeway or carry any passengers.

How long can you ride a motorbike on L-plates?

There is no time limit on how long you can ride on L-plates, but you must complete your learner’s permit test within 12 months.

How long do you have to hold your motorcycle learner's permit in Australia?

Once you have passed the motorcycle knowledge and a practical riding test, you will be issued a motorcycle learner’s permit. This permit is valid for three years, after which you must renew it if you wish to continue learning to ride.