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Your motorcycle licence

Updated: 11 December 2014

Motorcycle riding requires very different skills to driving a car – which is why you can't ride a motorcycle on the road using a car driver licence. Before you can even apply for a learner licence, you'll need to prove you have the skills needed to handle a motorcycle. It's all about keeping you and other road users safe when you're on the road.

The motorcycle licence system has been changed to improve the safety of motorcyclists. Find out what has changed at Changes to the motorcycle licence system.

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What you can ride with a motorcycle licence

With a motorcycle (class 6) licence you can ride:

  • motorcycles
  • mopeds
  • all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

How you get a motorcycle licence

There are three stages to getting your licence. At each stage you gain a new licence with fewer restrictions and more responsibilities:

Before you get on the road…

It’s illegal to ride without a current licence – there are severe penalties for doing so. This means you have to get a learner licence before you start riding on the road. Before applying for your learner licence you’ll have to pass an approved basic handling skills test.

Knowing your motorcycle licence options – introduction of competency-based training and assessment

On 1 March 2014, the Transport Agency introduced competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) as an alternative to the practical test option to move to the next stage of your motorcycle licence. This means you can choose between the testing regime and the new competency-based training and assessment courses, or a combination of the two, to gain your restricted and/or full motorcycle licence.

Find out more - Competency-based training and assessment

The information below outlines your options for how to get your motorcycle licence.

Stage 1: Getting your learner licence

You must be at least 16 years old and have passed an approved basic handling skill test before you can apply for your learner licence. You'll need to present your basic handling skills certificate at the driver licence agent counter when making your application.

You have to pass a road rules theory test before your new learner licence can be issued.

While on a learner licence:

  • You must only ride an approved motorcycle.
  • Your motorcycle must display a learner (L) plate - rear only.
  • You must not carry a passenger.
  • You must not ride between 10pm and 5am.
  • You must not tow another vehicle.

You face severe penalties if you ride outside the licence conditions.

See details on the process for getting your motorcycle learner licence and the conditions that will apply to you.

Your learner licence will be issued for five years.  See more information on the validity period of licence classes.

Stage 2: Getting a restricted licence

You must be at least 16 ½ years old before you can apply for your restricted licence.
To progress to a restricted licence you can either:

  • successfully complete a practical driving test at a driver licensing agent or
  • present a CBTA 6R (restricted) certificate.

Practical test option

If you are sitting a practical driving test you must have held a current learner licence for a minimum period of 6 months before you can apply for your licence.

To pass the practical driving test, you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • have basic riding skills
  • can recognise and respond to a range of common road hazards
  • can ride safely in higher speed zones.

Learn more details about the process for getting your motorcycle licence and what the test involves.

CBTA option

If you are presenting a CBTA 6R certificate instead of doing the practical test, the minimum learner licence period does not apply. See the CBTA certificate information below for further details.

You will need to apply for your licence at driver licence agent. See details on the process for getting your motorcycle restricted licence and the conditions that will apply to you as a novice rider.

If you are sitting a practical driving test, you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • have basic riding skills
  • can recognise and respond to a range of common road hazards
  • can ride safely in higher speed zones.

Learn more details about the process for getting your motorcycle licence and what the test involves.

While on a restricted licence:

  • You must only ride an approved motorcycle*.
  • You must not ride between 10pm and 5am.
  • You must not carry any passengers.
  • You must not tow another vehicle.

You face severe penalties if you ride outside the licence conditions.

Stage 3: Getting a full licence

To progress to a full licence you can either:

  • successfully complete a practical driving test at a driver licensing agent or
  • present a CBTA 6F (full) certificate.

Practical test option

If you are sitting a practical driving test you must be at least 18 years of age and have held your restricted licence for a minimum period of 18 months before you can apply for your licence. 

To pass the practical driving test, you will need to:

  • demonstrate good riding skills in more complex situations
  • maintain safe driving behaviours across a wide variety of traffic situations and road conditions
  • demonstrate you can ride safely in higher speed zones .

See details on the process for getting your motorcycle full licence and what the test involves.

Your restricted licence will be issued for five years.  See more information on the validity period of licence classes.

CBTA option

If you are presenting a CBTA 6F certificate you do not have to complete a practical test at the agents. The minimum age you can apply for your full licence is reduced to 17 ½ years  and the minimum restricted period to 12 months.  See the CBTA certificate information below for further details.

Ready to apply for a practical test?

Book your practical test online through our Transaction Centre or through one of our licensing agents.

The restricted and full practical tests are tough tests that assess your driving skills. It is recommended that you get plenty of practice (including at least 120 hours on your learner licence) before you sit a practical test.

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Competency Based Training and Assessment certificate

If you are presenting a CBTA certificate when applying for a new licence, you will need to make sure that the certificate covers the licence class you are applying for.  There are two separate courses you can complete, they are:

CBTA 6R
This course is for learner licence holders who want to get their restricted licence. You can do the course any time after you have obtained your learner licence. Once you have successfully passed the course and been issued with your CBTA stage 1 certificate you can apply for your restricted licence. You do not need to hold your learner licence for a minimum mandatory period of time but must be at least 16 ½ years old to apply.  

CBTA 6F
This course is for restricted licence holders who want to get their full licence. You can do the course any time after you have obtained your restricted licence. However, you must have held your restricted licence for a minimum period of 12 months and be at least 17 ½ years old before you can apply for your full licence.

Booking a CBTA assessment  

It is recommended that you get plenty of practice (at least 120 hours on your learner licence) before you undertake a CBTA assessment. When you're ready to sit your assessment, contact one of the Agency approved assessors to book in for your assessment appointment.

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