About driver licences

How to get your motorcycle licence

To become a fully licensed motorcyclist in New Zealand you need to pass through the three stages of the graduated driver licensing system:

To pass from one stage to the next, you need to fulfil the requirements of the previous stage. This section outlines how to get each stage of your motorcycle licence.

How much does it cost to get your motorcycle licence?

Type of application/test Amount
Basic handling skills test ¹
Learner licence application $48.20
Learner licence theory test $45.70
Restricted licence application $48.20
Restricted licence practical test $86.60²
Full licence application $49.60
Full licence practical test $59.90³
Total $338.20

¹ This fee varies between motorcycle riding instructors.
² You don't pay this fee if presenting a 6R CBTA certificate.
³ You don't pay this fee if presenting a 6F CBTA certificate.

All fees include GST and are non refundable.

*Note: These amounts don't include fees for re-sitting tests if you fail the first time. If you need to re-sit a test you will need to pay another test fee, but you won't be charged another application fee.

Changing or cancelling your test

If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee.

  • Where there are two or more complete working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you will need to pay a rescheduling fee of $16.
    This is a regulated fee to cover the time taken and costs incurred when a test is cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Where there are less than two complete working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you will not pay a rescheduling fee but will need to pay a further test fee. This test fee is not refundable.

    You can apply for a refund of the first test fee paid. Where the test time is filled by another person, then the test fee will be refunded less a processing fee of $16.40.

Important

You must carry your driver licence with you at all times when riding. You are required by law to show your driver licence to an enforcement officer on request.

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Last updated: 9 July 2014