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Motorcycle requirements

To ride your motorcycle safely and legally on the road it must have the right equipment (in good working order) and have a current warrant of fitness (WoF). This section explains what your motorcycle must have.

Warrant of fitness (WoF)

Privately operated motorcycles must have a current WoF. Commercial vehicles must have a current certificate of fitness (CoF).

A current WoF shows the vehicle has been inspected by an approved WoF inspector and was roadworthy at the time of the last WoF inspection.

Picture of a warrant of fitness label

Warrant of fitness label


In addition to the warrant of fitness, a motorcycle must display a current licence label and a number plate on the back that can be clearly seen.

The WoF label must be attached to the motorcycle where it is clearly visible.

The WoF inspector will give you a copy of the check sheet. This is a receipt of payment for the inspection and is not a warrant of fitness. If your motorcycle failed its WoF inspection, the receipt gives you 28 days to have it fixed and brought back for re-inspection without any additional payment. During that time you are only allowed to ride the motorcycle to get it repaired and re-inspected.

How often do I need to get a WoF?

Prior to 1 July 2014, WoF inspections were annual for vehicles up to six years old and six-monthly thereafter.

From 1 July 2014:

  • an initial inspection is required for new vehicles, then no further inspections until the vehicle is three years old, then annual inspections for the lifetime of the vehicle.
  • annual inspections are required for vehicles three years old and older that were first registered anywhere on or after 1 January 2000. These vehicles will remain on annual inspections for their lifetime.
  • no change for vehicles first registered anywhere before 1 January 2000. They will remain on six-monthly inspections for their lifetime.


You can be fined if you ride any vehicle that is not up to WoF standard on a road. A police officer can require you to stop for a roadside vehicle check at any time.

Features your motorcycle must have

To meet the WoF standard, your motorcycle must be in good condition (no rust around safety areas) and it must have the following equipment in good working order:

Features your motorcycle must have

Features your motorcycle must have

  • A - Mudguards.
  • B - A working horn.
  • C - A good headlight that can be dipped when another vehicle comes towards you.
  • D - A working speedometer.
  • E - Safe steering.
  • F - A rear-view mirror that gives a clear view behind.
  • G - A red stop light at the back.
  • H - A red reflector at the back.
  • I - Safe tyres - the tread depth must be at least 1.5 millimetres right around the tyre. Ensure tyre pressure is to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • J - Flashing direction indicator lights at the front and back.
  • K - Good front and rear brakes.
  • L - Good footrests for both the rider and pillion passenger.
  • M - A good silencer and exhaust system.
  • N - One or more red position lights and a white number plate light at the back.

Note: this checklist is a guide only. When inspecting your motorcycle, the inspector will use the criteria in the Vehicle inspection requirements manual. For further information regarding vehicle requirements, go to the vehicle inspection portal.

Carrying a load on your motorcycle

  • Your load must not extend more than 1 metre in front of the front wheel or more than 1 metre behind the rear wheel.
  • Your load must not extend more than 55 centimetres on either side from the centre of the motorcycle.
  • Your load must not be loose and must not touch the ground.

See Loads for more information about carrying loads on a motorcycle.

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Last updated: February 2017