Getting your rider licence

NSW uses a Graduated Licensing Scheme to ensure riders have the skills required to ride safely.

To start the process, you need to be at least 16 years and 9 months old. You don't need to hold a car driver licence to apply for a rider licence.

As you gain more riding experience and your skills improve, you ‘graduate’ to the next licence step – from learner, to P1, P2 and finally a full, unrestricted rider licence.

The Motorcycle Rider Training Scheme is a training and testing program specifically designed to help you build basic riding skills before you ride on the road.

Rider Training Course bookings have changed

From 1 March 2018 customers in declared areas wanting to book and pay for Rider Pre-Learner, Pre-Provisional Training & Practical Skills Test, must book directly with a rider training course provider. For more information please go to our Rider training centres web page.

IMPORTANT: To book training you must have a current a NSW Driver licence, NSW Photocard or Customer Number. If not, attend a Service Centre or Registry to apply for a Customer Number.

Full Proof of Identity (POI) required to obtain a customer number.

Training is compulsory in areas where it’s available (declared areas). If the training scheme is not available in your area (an undeclared area), you need to pass the rider knowledge test and practical riding test to move through the licence stages.

Declared areas

Check the list of approved training centres for one near you, or call Roads and Maritime on 13 22 13 to find out if you live in a declared area.

There are 5 steps to progress from a learner rider to a full rider licence in a declared area:

  1. Successfully complete the pre-learner course.
  2. Pass the rider knowledge test - get your learner rider licence.
  3. Hold your learner rider licence for at least 3 months, and successfully complete the pre-provisional course – get your provisional P1 rider licence.
  4. Hold your P1 rider licence for at least 12 months – apply for your provisional P2 rider licence.
  5. Hold your P2 rider licence for at least 2 years – apply for your full rider licence.

Undeclared areas

In areas where rider training courses aren’t available, you need to pass 2 tests before you can be issued with a rider licence.

Check the list of approved training centres - if there aren't any near you, you may be in an undeclared area. You can also call Roads and Maritime on 13 22 13 to find out if you live in an undeclared area.

Even if you live in an undeclared area, we encourage you to attend a rider training course if possible, as the course will help you build good riding skills.

There are 4 steps to progress from a learner rider licence to a full rider licence in an undeclared area:

  1. Pass the Rider Knowledge Test – get your learner rider licence.
  2. Hold your learner rider licence for at least 3 months, then pass the practical riding test – get your provisional P1 rider licence.
  3. Hold your P1 rider licence for at least 12 months – apply for your provisional P2 rider licence.
  4. Hold your P2 rider licence for at least two years – apply for your full rider licence.
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