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To upgrade to a provisional rider licence you must be at least 17 years old and have held your learner licence for a minimum of 3 months.

You'll also need to have completed the pre-provisional training course, passed the one-hour motorcycle skills test and eyesight test (if applicable), and been issued with the pre-provisional certificate of competence to take to your local service centre within 3 months.

When you visit the service centre, 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.

What you need

  • your pre-provisional certificate of competence
  • your learner rider licence
  • your contact lenses or glasses (if you wear them)
  • your payment
  • the PDF form – 'Licence Application'.

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 that you have all the necessary documentation.
  4. Visit a service centre and lodge your application.

More information

  • 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. Cards usually arrive within 10 working days.
  • If you haven’t received your card through the mail within 10 working days, please call us on 13 77 88.
  • 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.
  • Renewal notices are mailed generally within 6 weeks of the card's expiry date. This means you have 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 printing is available on the Transport for NSW website.

Payment methods

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