If a motorcycle training centre is unavailable in your local area, you'll need to visit a service centre in order to be issued with a learner rider licence. At the service centre you'll be asked to complete a Driver Knowledge Test (class R) and an eyesight test.
You can apply for a NSW Photo Card at the same time if you wish, and take advantage of paying a reduced application fee for it.
To apply for a learner rider licence, you need to be at least 16 years and 9 months, and if successful you'll be issued with the licence for a period of 12 months.
What you need
How to apply
- Download and complete the Licence Application – PDF.
- Check the tick box to apply for a Photo Card (if applicable).
- Make sure you have all your documentation and any additional items (if applicable).
- Visit a service centre and lodge your application.
- You can practise for the Driver Knowledge Test (class R) online.
- When you apply for or renew a licence card or Photo Card at a service centre, it will be posted to you at no extra cost, generally within 5 working days.
- The Photo Card is voluntary – you don't have to have one, but you may find it useful to prove your identity in situations not related to riding/driving.
- If you haven’t received your card through the mail within 10 days, contact Roads and Maritime Services on 13 22 13.
- Renewal notices are mailed generally within 6 weeks of the card's expiry date giving you plenty of time to plan ahead and renew early.
- For driver licence renewals or applications a receipt is provided which allows people to drive until the card arrives in the mail. The receipt is valid for 30 days.
- Further information about centralised photocard printing is available on the Roads and Maritime Services website.