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Minimum age is 18 years old Unless you do a course

This page tells you the process to get your motorcycle full licence, and what you need to know about holding a full licence. 

Minimum age is 18, unless you do a course

If you have completed an competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) 6F course , you can get your full licence once you turn 17½.

If you haven't completed a CBTA course, then you must be 18 before you can get your full licence.

Find out more about competency-based training and assessment

You must hold your restricted licence for a minimum time

If you have completed a CBTA 6F course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 12 months before you can get your full licence. 

If you have not completed a course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 18 months. 

How to get your full licence

To get your full licence, you must apply at a driver licensing agent

You will need to:

You can then either:

It’s easy to book the test online

You can book the test online before you go into the agent. If you book online, you’ll still need to go to the driver licensing agent before your test to make your application.

Book a driver licence test

Full licence practical test

The full licence practical test is a 30-minute test with a testing officer, who will assess whether your riding is good enough to progress to the next level of driver licence. 

More information about the full licence practical test

No more restricted conditions

Once you have passed the full licence practical test, you can ride any time you like, ride any motorcycle you like and you can carry passengers.

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 101 KB]