About driver licences

Stage 2 - restricted licence

Who can apply for a restricted licence?

You can apply for your restricted licence once you have mastered the riding skills needed. You must:

  • be at least 16 ½ years of age and
  • have held your learner licence for at least six months.

How do I apply for a restricted licence?

To get your restricted licence you need to pass the restricted licence practical test or successfully complete a competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) restricted licence course.

To obtain your restricted licence via the CBTA option you must:

  • successfully complete a CBTA restricted licence course with an approved CBTA assessor
  • visit a driver licensing agent and:
    • present evidence of your identity
    • present your Motorcycle competency certificate (the CBTA assessor will give you this certificate)
    • pay the restricted licence application fee
    • meet the eyesight requirements
    • present a medical certificate if required
    • provide a signature have your photograph taken.

To obtain your restricted licence via the practical test option you must either:


  • book your restricted licence practical test over the phone or internet. For information and instructions on how to book by phone or internet click here.

    If you choose this option, you must complete the application process at a driver licensing agent before your new licence can be issued.

    You should allow approximately 30 minutes to do this. Check the agent opening hours, as they may not be open 30 minutes before your test appointment. In that case you can complete the application process before the day of the test or after the test.

For more information about what the restricted licence practical test involves, see The restricted practical riding test.

Your new restricted licence will be valid for five years. You now need to add the skills and experience you have to enable you to progress to a full licence.  When you feel you are ready you can apply for your full licence at a licensing agent. 

If you do not progress during the five year period, you will need to pass a theory test once your licence has expired before your restricted licence can be issued for a further five years.    

What are the conditions of a restricted licence?

  • You must always have your restricted licence with you when you're riding.
  • You must not ride between 10pm and 5am.
  • You must ride a LAMS-approved motorcycle (for a list of approved motorcycles see our website).
  • You must not carry a passenger.
  • You must not tow another vehicle.
  • There is a zero alcohol limit if you are under 20. That means if you ride after consuming even one drink you can be charged with drink driving. If you have an alcohol level of less than 150 micrograms per litre of breath and less than 30 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood you could be fined and given 50 demerit points. If your alcohol level is higher, you could be disqualified from driving, given 50 demerit points and either fined or imprisoned. If you're 20 or older, the legal alcohol limit is 250 micrograms per litre of breath or 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.
  • Breaching the restricted conditions of your driver licence could result in you receiving 35 demerit points and a fine of $100. If you breach any other conditions of your driver licence you could receive 25 demerit points and be subject to a fine of $400. See Stepping over the line for more information on demerit points.

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Last updated: 25 November 2014