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Learner's permit

Steps to get a Learner's permit

  1. Minimum age 18, unless you are;
    • 17 years of age and hold a provisional licence for another class of vehicle; or
    • 16 or 17 years of age and you live in a "Prescribed Locality". If you live in one of those locations you will be eligible for a restricted learner's permit and must only ride for the following reasons:
      • To attend tertiary education, vocational education or training, or within the course of tertiary education, vocational education or training.
      • For work purposes; or
      • To participate in a sporting activity
  2. Pass a theory test or hold a driver's licence
  3. Pass Rider Safe basic training

Learner's permit conditions and rules

  • Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) restricted motorcycle (PDF, 1021 KB)
  • Zero alcohol/drugs
  • Must display 'L' plates
  • Must not exceed speed limit by more than 10kph
  • Must not ride over 100kph
  • Must not incur 4 or more demerit points
  • No pillion passengers or passengers in a side car. This includes a person acting as a Qualified Supervising Driver
  • No towing of any vehicle (i.e. a trailer)
  • Must hold a learner's permit for a minimum period of 12 months regardless of your age, or if you hold a full driver's licence for another class, before you are eligible to apply for an R-Date licence classification
  • Restricted to an automatic motorcycle if you complete the Basic or Advanced Rider Safe course or practical driving assessment on a motorcycle with automatic transmission
  • You must not use any type of mobile phone function.
  • If you are under 25 years of age you must not ride a motorcycle between the hours of midnight and 5AM unless you meet the exemption criteria.

The Learner's Permit must be carried at all times whilst riding.

Learner's permit's can be renewed but if the permit expires by more than twelve months you may be required to re-sit the Rider Safe Basic Course.

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