Getting your motorcycle licence

To get a motorcycle licence, you start with a class RE learner licence.You can apply forRE licence once you are competent as a learner.

You can keep riding on a class RE licence, but if you want to ride unlimited engine size motorcycles, you will need to upgrade to a class R licence.

Getting your RE learner licence

To get an RE learner licence you must:

Learning to ride a motorcycle

You can start your training and assessment with Q-Ride or Q-SAFE on any learner approved motorcycle (PDF, 368KB) as soon as you get your class RE learner licence.

When riding on your learner licence, you must:

Supervisors and pillion passengers

Your supervisor must hold an open licence for the class of motorcycle you are learning to ride and must have held that licence for at least 1 year.

Your supervisor can instruct you from either a:

  • sidecar on your motorcycle—not as a pillion passenger
  • safe distance from another motorcycle or vehicle

Getting your RE provisional or open licence

Once you have your Q-Ride certificate (competency declaration) you can apply for a class RE provisional or open licence.

To apply you need to:

Getting your R provisional or open licence

You can get your class R provisional or open licence by completing a training and assessment course or practical rider test. You must have held a class RE provisional or open licence for at least 1 year before learning to ride a class R motorcycle.

A class R licence allows you to ride a motorcycle of any engine capacity including any learner approved motorcycle or moped.

To apply you need to:

You may need to know the date your class RE provisional or open licence was issued. You can get this information by applying for your licence history.

Training and assessment with Q-Ride or Q-SAFE

You can get training and assessment for any motorcycle licence class at any Q-Ride or Q-SAFE provider. Your trainer will teach you a number of competency standards for riding a motorcycle.

Do I choose Q-Ride or Q-Safe?

If you live:

  • within a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training area you need to choose a Q-Ride competency based training and assessment course.
  • outside a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training area, you have the option to choose a Q-Ride course or a Q-SAFE practical riding test.