This page tells you the process to get your motorcycle learner licence, and what you need to know about holding a learner licence.
Before you can apply for a learner licence you must pass a basic handling skills test, conducted by an approved motorcycle riding instructor.
Before your test you can practise basic motorcycle handling skills on your own private property or at a motorcycle training school. You can't ride on a road - as you don't yet hold a learner licence.
You must be at least 16 years old to apply for your learner licence.
To get your learner licence, you must apply at a driver licensing agent.
You will need to:
The learner licence theory test is a computer-based, 35-question, multi-choice test that assesses your knowledge of road rules and safe driving practices. You will need to get at least 32 questions right to pass.
Everything you need to pass the test is in The official New Zealand road code. You can buy the road code at most bookstores and driver licensing agents, or it’s available online.
Once you have passed your theory test, the agent will give you a temporary learner licence so you can start practising your driving. Your photo driver licence will be posted to you.
Once you’ve got your learner licence, get in as much riding practice as you can. It is recommended that you get plenty of practice (at least 120 hours) before you sit a practical test.
Your learner licence will expire after five years.
You can either:
If you’ve held your learner licence for at least six months and you’re a confident, safe rider, you can apply for your restricted licence.
Getting your restricted, if you’re ready, will give you a bit more independence. It shows that you’ve gained some riding experience and you’re becoming a responsible rider to help keep everyone safe on our roads.
Note: in November 2019 many learner licence holders were given an additional two years to move up to their restricted. This was a one-off extension to their licence expiry dates and further extensions will not be applied to those licences, or to any other existing or new learner licences.
If you haven’t got your restricted before your learner licence expires, you’ll need to renew your learner licence if you want to keep riding. You can renew up to 90 days before your expiry date, and you’ll have to sit and pass another theory test. Your learner licence will be renewed for another five years.