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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

  • the PDF form – 'Licence Application'
  • your Photo Card if you have one, or:
  • your contact lenses or glasses (if you wear them)

  • a completed medical report (if applicable)

  • your concession details (if applicable)

  • your payment.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the Licence Application – PDF.
  2. Check the tick box to apply for a Photo Card (if applicable).
  3. Make sure you have all your documentation and any additional items (if applicable).
  4. Visit a service centre and lodge your application.

More information

  • 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 Transport for NSW (TfNSW) 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 TfNSW website.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.