You must have held your learner rider licence for a minimum of three months before you are eligible to apply for a P1 rider licence.
You must also either attend the pre-provisional course (declared areas) or pass a riding test (undeclared areas). You may book your pre-provisional course any time after gaining your learner rider licence.
Pre-provisional course - declared areas
The pre-provisional course is six hours of training followed by the Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (MOST). Testing usually takes about one hour, depending on the number of tests to be conducted.
Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (MOST)
The MOST is designed to measure a rider’s ability to handle a motorcycle, including starting, accelerating, turning and braking. It is undertaken at the end of the pre-provisional rider-training course. See Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (MOST) for more information.
What do I bring with me on the day?
- Your current learner rider licence.
- Your motorcycle in a registered and roadworthy condition and L plate affixed.
- Appropriate clothing and helmet.
You will not be allowed to undergo training or testing on a motorcycle that is not roadworthy, fully registered and learner-approved by RMS.
The list of Approved motorcycles for novice riders will tell you which motorcycles are learner-approved.
Some training centres have motorcycles for hire.
After the course
Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be issued with a Pre-provisional Certificate of Competence (red in colour). A Certificate of Competence is valid for three months from the date of issue.
If you don’t upgrade to your provisional P1 licence within the three months, you will need to go through the training again.
To get your provisional P1 licence, go to your nearest registry or service centre and:
- Take your Pre-provisional Certificate of Competence.
- Take your Learner Rider Licence as proof of identity.
- Complete a Licence Application form.
- Pass an eyesight test.
- Pay the licence fee.
How to obtain your P1 licence in an undeclared area
If you live in an undeclared area, that is, an area where the pre-provisional course is not available, you will need to go to your nearest registry or service centre and:
- Take your Learner Rider licence as proof of identity.
- Complete the Licence Application form.
- Pass an eyesight test.
- Pay for, book (if required) and pass the riding test.
- Pay the licence fee.
To book a riding test at a registry, go to your nearest registry, visit myTests on this website or phone 13 22 13.
Conditions for provisional P1 riders
Provisional P1 riders are subject to the following conditions:
- Mobile phones - You must not use a mobile phone while riding or while your motorcycle ignition is switched on. This include phone in the hand-free mode or with the loudspeaker operating.
- Display of P plate - Clearly display a red-on-white P plate at the rear of the motorcycle when riding. The letter P on the plate must not be hidden.
- Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) - You cannot have any alcohol in your sysem when you ride your motorcycle. It is also illegal to ride under the influence of drugs.
- Speed limit - You must not ride faster than 90km/h and must observe the speed limit where it is below 90km/h.
- Automatic transmission motorcycles - You are restricted to riding an automatic motorcycle if you completed you pre-learner training on one.
- Motorcycles - You must only ride motorcycles that:
- Are on the list of RMS Approved Motorcycles for Novice Riders.
- Have an engine capacity not greater than 660ml, and
- Have a power to weight ratio not greater than 150kilowatts per tonne.
- Passengers - You must not carry any pillion passengers.
- Supervising a learner - You must not instruct or supervise a learner driver or rider.
- Towing - You must not tow a trailer or any other vehicle.
- Helmet - You must wear an approved motorcycle helmet properly fitted.
Demerit points and suspension/cancellation
Your P1 licence will be suspended or refused if you reach or exceed four demerit points.
P1 licence holders have their licences suspended for at least three months for any speeding offence. An additional suspension or refusal period will apply for any excessive speed offence (more than 30km/h above the speed limit).
Progressing to a P2 rider licence
To get a P2 rider licence, you must meet the minimum tenure requirements.Go to your nearest registry or service centre to apply for your P2 licence. No tests are required.
A P1 rider licence is issued for 18 months. You must hold a P1 rider licence for a minimum total period of 12 months before being eligible to progress to a P2 rider licence.
Liquor Act offences
If you commit an offence under section 129 of the Liquor Act 2007 by using false documents to gain access to licensed premises or purchase alcohol you will be required to hold your P1 rider licence for 18 months, that is, an additional six-month period.
Any period that your licence is suspended is not counted towards tenure for your P2 licence. This means that if your licence is suspended, you must hold your P1 licence for an additional period that is equal to the suspension period.
If your licence is suspended for 3 months, the earliest you can progress to the P2 licence is after 15 months (12 months + 3 months = 15 months)
If your licence is suspended for 3 months and the Liquor Act offence applies, the earliest you can progress to a P2 licence is 21 months (18 months + 3 months).
If you are disqualified from driving by a court, the law operates to immediately and permanently cancel any licence held. In these circumstances, any tenure gained on your P1 licence is forfeited. This means that when the disqualification period has ended, you will be required to obtain a further P1 licence and you will need to complete the 12 months (or 18 months) tenure period again before you can progress to a P2 licence.
Riders over age 25
Riders over the age of 25 who meet RMS requirements may receive an exemption from the P2 phase. To be eligible for an exemption from the P2 phase, riders must:
- Be 25 years of age or older when you apply for the unrestricted licence.
- Hold a current Australian unrestricted driver licence.
- Have completed a minimum of 12 months on a P1 licence.
- Meet all other licensing requirements.