This page tells you the process to get your motorcycle learner licence, and what you need to know about holding a learner licence.
Before you can apply for a learner licence you must pass a basic handling skills test, conducted by an approved motorcycle riding instructor.
Before your test you can practise basic motorcycle handling skills on your own private property or at a motorcycle training school. You can't ride on a road - as you don't yet hold a learner licence.
You must be at least 16 years old to apply for your learner licence.
To get your learner licence, you must apply at a driver licensing agent.
You will need to:
The learner licence theory test is a computer-based, 35-question, multi-choice test that assesses your knowledge of road rules and safe driving practices. You will need to get at least 32 questions right to pass.
Everything you need to pass the test is in The official New Zealand road code. You can buy the road code at most bookstores and driver licensing agents, or it’s available online.
Once you have passed your theory test, the agent will give you a temporary learner licence so you can start practising your driving. Your photo driver licence will be posted to you.
You must not ride between 10pm and 5am.
You must not carry any passengers on your motorcycle or moped or in any sidecar.
You must not tow another vehicle.
You must always have a learner (L) plate attached to the rear of your motorcycle or moped.
You must only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
You face severe penalties if you ride outside your licence conditions.
Once you’ve got your learner licence, get in as much riding practice as you can. It is recommended that you get plenty of practice (at least 120 hours) before you sit a practical test.
Once you have held your learner licence for 6 months, you can apply for your restricted licence.