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The process of obtaining your motorcycle licence

If you want to learn to ride a motorcycle, you must apply for an RE learner licence.

To get your RE learner licence, you need to:

Note: If you live outside a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training area, you may choose to apply for an exemption from completing the course, however if you are exempt from the course you will need to hold your RE learner licence for longer.

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You must undertake the Q-Ride Pre Learner course on a learner approved motorcycle. You can't undertake the course on a moped, trike or conditionally registered motorcycle.

During the course you will need to demonstrate your competency on a learner approved motorcycle. When you have been assessed as having acquired the required competencies, we will issue you with a competency declaration (Q-Ride certificate). Your competency declaration is not a licence.

  • If we notify the Department of Transport and Main Roads that you have successfully completed the course you can take the motorcycle knowledge test online and automatically have the class RE learner added to your licence.
  • If we do not notify the Department of Transport and Main Roads, you must take your competency declaration to a transport and motoring customer service centre before you can take the motorcycle knowledge test. You will also need to bring your evidence of identity.

You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.

You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.

Your competency declaration is only valid for one year from the date of issue. If you do not take and pass the motorcycle knowledge test and have the RE learner added to your licence within one year, it will expire and you will need to do the Q-Ride course again to get a new competency declaration.

Enrol in the Q-Ride restricted (RE) course

You can enrol in the Q-Ride restricted (RE) course after you have held your RE learner licence for at least 3 months (at least 1 year if you got an exemption from the pre-learner course).

Check your eligibility to do the Q-Ride restricted (RE) course.

Note: If you got your RE learner licence before 1 October 2016, there is no minimum time that you must hold your learner licence before you are eligible to do the Q-Ride restricted course.

Complete the Q-Ride restricted (RE) course

 

Enrol in the Q-Ride unrestricted (R) course

 

Complete the Q-Ride unrestricted (R) course

You must undertake the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) course on a learner approved motorcycle. You can't undertake the course on a moped, trike or conditionally registered motorcycle.

During the course you will need to demonstrate your competency on a learner approved motorcycle. When you have been assessed as having acquired the required competencies, we will issue you with a competency declaration (Q-Ride certificate). Your competency declaration is not a licence.

You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.

You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.

Your competency declaration is only valid for 1 year from the date of issue. If you do not upgrade to an RE provisional or open licence within 1 year, it will expire and you will need to do the Q-Ride course again to get a new competency declaration.

There is no fee to upgrade your licence. However you will have to pay a fee if you are renewing your licence at the same time.

You can enrol in the Q-Ride unrestricted (R) course after you have held your RE provisional or open licence for at least 2 years.

Check your eligibility to do the Q-Ride unrestricted course.

Note: If you got your RE provisional or open before 1 October 2016 you are eligible to do the Q-Ride unrestricted course after you have held you RE provisional or open licence for at least 1 year.

You can enrol in the Q-Ride unrestricted (R) course after you have held your RE provisional or open licence for at least 2 years.

Check your eligibility to do the Q-Ride unrestricted course.

Note: If you got your RE provisional or open before 1 October 2016 you are eligible to do the Q-Ride Unrestricted course after you have held you RE provisional or open licence for at least 1 year.

 

You must undertake the Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) course on an R unrestricted motorcycle. You can't undertake the course on a moped, trike or conditionally registered motorcycle.

During the course you will need to demonstrate your competency on an R motorcycle. When you have been assessed as having acquired the required competencies, we will issue you with a competency declaration (Q-Ride certificate). Your competency declaration is not a licence.

You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.

You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.

Your competency declaration is only valid for 1 year from the date of issue. If you do not upgrade to an R licence within 1 year, it will expire and you will need to do the Q-Ride course again to get a new competency declaration.

There is no fee to upgrade your licence. However you will have to pay a fee if you are renewing your licence at the same time.