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Motorcycles

Getting your motorcycle licence in New Zealand involves a three-step process. At each step, you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities. It’s an approach that helps you build the skills and experience to ride safely on our roads.

New option to get your licence

Competency-based training and assessment is an alternative option for progression within the existing graduated motorcycle licensing system. Find out more.

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Your motorcycle licence

All about what you can ride and what you need to do to gain your learner, restricted and full motorcycle licences.
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Approved motorcycles for learner and restricted riders

The Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) identifies a range of motorcycles appropriate for learner and restricted Class 6 licence holders.
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Basic handling skills test

The test you need to pass before applying for your learner licence. Find out about the skills you’ll need to learn and where to go to sit the test.
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Competency-based training and assessment

Competency-based training and assessment is an alternative option for progression within the existing graduated motorcycle licensing system. You can choose between the driver testing regime and the new competency-based assessment scheme, or a combination of the two.
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Changes to the motorcycle licence system

The motorcycle licence system has changed to improve the safety of motorcyclists. Find out what has changed, and what is going to change in the future.
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Know the code

Improve your riding skills