Rider provisional P1 licence

You must be at least 17 years old, and have held your learner rider licence for at least three months, before you can apply for a provisional P1 rider licence. You must also either attend pre-provisional rider training, or pass a riding test

Plan ahead - your card may be posted to you

We're changing the way we print and issue photocards. At certain locations, when you apply for a licence, your card will be posted to you at no extra cost. When you apply for or renew your licence you will be given a paper receipt. The receipt will act as proof of licence status until your new photo licence arrives.

More information about centralised photocard printing.

Getting your P1 rider licence

To apply for your provisional P1 rider licence you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have held your learner rider licence for at least three months 
  • Have successfully completed the pre-provisional rider training course, OR passed a riding test.

You’ll need to attend a registry or service centre in person and:

Once you pay the required fee, your photo will be taken. 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 ride, until your new card arrives.

Your P1 rider licence is valid for 18 months. You can renew it if required.

Rules for P1 riders

In addition 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 a P plate displayed (red P on a white background) clearly on the rear of the motorcycle. The letter P on the plate must not be hidden
  • Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h, and observe the posted speed limit where it’s below 90 km/h
  • Not tow a trailer or any other vehicle
  • If you completed your training/test on an automatic motorcycle, only ride automatic motorcycles
  • 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 carry any pillion passengers 
  • Not supervise a learner driver or rider
  • Not use any mobile phone, including hands free devices or loudspeaker, while riding, while your motorcycle is moving or is stopped but not parked
  • Wear an approved, properly fitted helmet.

Failure to comply is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.

Demerit points

Demerit points apply to P1 riders. Your P1 rider licence will be suspended or refused, if you reach or exceed 4 demerit points in a three-year period.

Speeding offences

If you commit any speeding offence your P1 rider licence will be suspended for at least three months. An additional suspension or refusal period will apply for any excessive speed offence (more than 30km/h over the speed limit).

Progressing to a P2 rider licence

Once you’ve held your P1 rider licence for at least 12 months, you can progress to the next licence stage and apply for a P2 rider licence.

If you’re over 25

If you’re 25 or older, you may be exempt from holding a P2 licence, and progress directly to a full rider licence. See P2 Rider Licence for information.

If your licence is suspended

Any period that your P1 licence is suspended is not counted towards your P2 licence. This means that if your licence is suspended, you must hold your P1 licence for an additional period equal to the suspension, before you can apply for a P2 licence.

Court disqualification

If you’re disqualified from driving by a court while on your P1 licence, the law operates to immediately and permanently cancel your licence. In this case, the time you’ve accumulated is forfeited. This means that when the disqualification period ends, you’ll have to apply for a new P1 licence and complete the 12 months again, before you can apply for a P2 licence.

Liquor Act offences

It’s an offence under section 129 of the Liquor Act 2007 to use false documents to gain access to licensed premises or to purchase alcohol. If you’re convicted of such an offence while holding a P1 licence, you’ll be required to hold your P1 licence for an additional six months, therefore a total of 18 months.

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