About the practical riding tests

The full licence practical riding test

What is the full licence practical test?

The full licence practical test is the test that restricted licence holders must pass (unless choosing the CBTA option) to graduate to a full
licence. It is designed to test whether the skills of the motorcyclist are at a level where they can safely ride without the conditions of the restricted licence.

The test is conducted on a LAMS-approved motorcycle provided by you. A list of LAMS-approved motorcycles can be found on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/lams. The full licence practical test will take about 30 minutes. This time allows for vehicle checks before the test, the test itself and time for the testing officer to give you feedback on your performance after the test. During the test you will be expected to demonstrate safe riding practices in a wide range of situations.

When can I apply to sit the full licence practical test?

You will need to be at least 18 years of age and have held your restricted licence for 18 months before you can apply to sit the full licence practical test.

How should I prepare for the full licence practical test?

Test applicants will be expected to be able to apply appropriate hazard and detection responses to all assessable tasks without explanation of what is required by the testing officer.

You should practise describing hazards aloud until you can confidently and clearly describe the hazards you are looking at and what you are doing in response to them.

You will be asked to perform a number of tasks and to observe and remember the hazards you see as you perform each task. 

Some examples of hazards are:

  • other vehicles
  • children playing on the footpath
  • pedestrians
  • animals not on a leash
  • cyclists.

You will be marked on how well you performed the task, plus how well your descriptions of the hazards match those noted by the testing officer.

All of the tasks will take place in busy, built-up areas.  This means you will be riding in and around towns or suburban areas.

What could cause me to fail the test?

You will fail the test (with the test being terminated) if you:

  • ride recklessly, dangerously or inconsiderately
  • are involved in a crash for which you are wholly or partly responsible
  • are unable to carry out the instructions given by the testing officer because of lack of riding ability
  • exceed the speed limit
  • fail to comply with give way rules or Give Way signs
  • fail to comply with traffic signals or Stop signs.

What happens at the end of the test?

At the end of the test, the testing officer will tell you whether or not you have passed the test, and go over any errors you made.

If you pass the test, you will have earned your full licence. The testing officer will keep your restricted licence and you will be given a temporary full licence. This is valid for 21 days and must be carried with you when you drive. Your full photo driver licence will be mailed to you. (If you don't receive your new licence within the 21-day period, then you should call us on 0800 822 422.)

If you fail the test, the testing officer will return your restricted licence to you.

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Last updated: 7 July 2014