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You must be 16½ years old
You must hold it for 18 months Less in some cases

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

You must be 16½

You must be at least 16½ years old to get your restricted licence.

You must also have held your learner licence for at least 6 months.

How to get your motorcycle (class 6) restricted licence

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

List of driver licensing agents

You will need to:

You can then either:

  • present your competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) 6R certificate, or
  • book and pass the restricted practical driving test and pay the test fee.

Restricted licence motorcycle test fee

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 a driver licensing agent before your test to make your application.

If you have completed a CBTA 6R course instead, you don't have to sit a test or pay a test fee.

Book a driver licence test

Restricted licence practical test

The restricted licence practical test is a 60 minute test with a testing officer, who will assess whether your riding is good enough to progress to the next level of driver licence.

Restricted licence practical test information

Restricted licence conditions

  • You can drive on your own between 5am and 10pm.
  • You must not carry any passengers on your motorcycle or moped or in any sidecar.
  • You must not tow another vehicle.
  • You must only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.

List of LAMS approved motorcycles

Your restricted licence will expire

Your restricted licence will expire after five years.

You can either:

  • get your full licence before your restricted licence expires
  • renew your restricted licence up to 90 days before it expires.

If you're ready for your full licence

If you’ve held your restricted licence for long enough and you’re a confident, safe rider, you can apply for your full licence.

Getting your full, if you’re ready, will give you more independence. It shows that you’ve gained even more experience and learnt the skills to become a responsible rider, to help keep everyone safe on our roads.

How to get a full licence

Note: in November 2019 many restricted licence holders were given an additional two years to move up to their full. This was a one-off extension to their licence expiry dates and further extensions will not be applied to those licences, or to any other existing or new restricted licences.

Information on changes to restricted driver licence expiry dates


If you want to stay on your restricted licence

If you haven’t got your full before your restricted licence expires, you’ll need to renew your restricted licence if you want to keep riding. You can renew up to 90 days before your expiry date, and you’ll have to sit and pass another theory test. Your restricted licence will be renewed for another five years.

How to renew your licence

Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 90 KB]