Learner rider licence

To get your learner rider licence, you need to be at least 16 years and 9 months old. You don’t need to hold a driver licence to apply for a rider licence.

Getting your learner rider licence

The process for getting your licence is different depending on where you live in NSW. If you live in an area where it's available (a declared area), you need to complete the pre-learner course, and then pass the rider knowledge test.

If you live in an areas where training is not available, (an undeclared area), you will need to pass the rider knowledge test.

Declared area - pre-learner course plus rider knowledge test

If you live in a declared area, you need to complete the pre-learner rider training course.

Rider training courses held from 1 March 2018 must be booked directly with a rider training provider. You will need a Roads and Maritime Services customer number to book the training. If you have a driver licence or a proof of age card, you will already have a customer number. If you don’t know your customer number, call 13 22 13.

Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you'll need to book a rider knowledge test, which you take at a registry or service centre. You can make a booking:

You'll need to pay the test fee when you book, so if you book online or by phone you'll need a credit card. 

At your booked time and date, go to the nominated registry or service centre in person. You'll need to:

Undeclared area - rider knowledge test only

If you live in an area where rider training courses are not available, you need to book a rider knowledge test, which you take at a registry or service centre. You can make a booking:

You'll need to pay the test fee when you book, so if you book online or by phone you'll need a credit card. 

At your booked time and date, go to the nominated registry or service centre in person. You'll need to:

Issuing the learner licence

Once you pay pass the rider knowledge test, your photo will be taken and your licence issued. You'll need to pay the licence fee, unless you’re eligible for a concession.

Depending on which location you attend, your licence card will either be handed over the counter, or posted to you. If it’s posted, you’ll receive a temporary paper licence, which you can use to learn to ride, until your new card arrives.

Learner licence validity

Your learner licence is valid for 12 months. You can renew it if required, but you’ll need to complete all of the requirements again (pre-learner course in declared areas, and the rider knowledge test), and pay the test and course fees.

Rules for learner riders

In additional to complying with the NSW Road Rules, you must:

  • Only ride a motorcycle approved for novice riders
  • Only ride motorcycles if your licence is class R only. You need a class C or above licence to drive cars, or any other vehicle 
  • Have an L plate displayed (black L on an orange/yellow background) clearly on the rear of the motorcycle. The letter L on the plate must not be hidden
  • Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h, and observe the posted speed limit, where it is below 90 km/h
  • Not carry any pillion passengers
  • Not tow a trailer or any other vehicle
  • Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration. This means you cannot have any alcohol in your system when you ride a motorcycle. It’s also illegal to ride under the influence of drugs
  • Not use any mobile phone, including hands free devices or loudspeaker, while riding, while your motorcycle is moving or is stopped but not parked.
  • If in Sydney, not ride in Parramatta Park, Centennial Park or Moore Park.
    Failure to comply is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.

Demerit points apply to learner riders. Your learner rider licence will be suspended or refused, if you reach or exceed 4 demerit points in a three-year period.

Progressing to a P1 rider licence

Once you’ve held your learner rider licence for at least 3 months, you can attend a pre-provisional course (if you live in a declared area) or book a practical riding test (if you live in an undeclared area).

If you’re successful, you’ll be issued with a provisional P1 rider licence.

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