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Motorcycle learner licence (class RE)

The first step you need to take before learning to ride a motorcycle is to get a class RE learner licence. To be eligible to apply for a motorcycle learner licence you must have held a provisional, probationary or open licence of another class for at least 12 months within the last 5 years.

Make the most of your time as a learner, so that you become a safe and capable rider.

How to apply for a learner licence

To get your motorcycle learner licence you will need to pass a knowledge test by visiting your nearest Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre or Queensland Government licence issuing office. In some rural or remote areas, Queensland police stations may issue the licence.

The motorcycle knowledge test has30 questions on topics ranging from road rules to risk management and hazard perception. You must answer 27 out of 30 questions correctly.

Further information is provided on our driver tests page.

To apply for a class RE motorcycle learner licence

You must:
  • have held a provisional, probationary or open licence of another class for at least 12 months in the last 5 years
  • pass the knowledge test and pay the test fee 
  • complete the driver licence application/renewal form (F3000)
  • show suitable evidence of identity and Queensland residency documents
  • declare that you are medically fit to learn to ride a motorcycle and drive any vehicle you are licensed to drive
    (Note: If you have a medical condition that might adversely affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you will be required to give a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are medically fit to drive or ride safely.)
  • pay the required licence fee (note: payment is only required if you are renewing your licence at the same time).

Note: You can prepare for the motorcycle knowledge test by visiting the practice road rules test page.

When learning to ride a motorcycle

Once you've obtained a class RE motorcycle learner licence, you must:
  • clearly display an L-plate on the rear of the motorcycle that you are learning to ride. Alternatively you may wear a vest clearly displaying a capital 'L'. If you are not correctly displaying an L-plate, both you and the person supervising you to ride the vehicle will be fined
  • keep your learner licence with you at all times when you are learning to ride and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
  • obey any conditions stated on your learner licence
  • only learn to ride on a learner approved motorcycle (LAM)
  • not drive under the influence of drugs
  • only be supervised by a person who holds an open licence for the class of motorcycle you are learning to ride—and has held that licence for at least 1 year
  • not carry your supervisor as a pillion passenger on the motorcycle. You may only carry a suitably licensed supervisor seated in the sidecar attached to the motorcycle. If the motorcycle does not have a sidecar, the supervisor may direct you at a safe distance on another motorcycle or in another vehicle
    (Note: provisional licence holders must not supervise a learner licence holder. Only open licence holders are authorised to supervise a learner rider.)
  • comply with the no alcohol limit (0.00)—drink driving applies to motorcycles also and offences carry penalties of monetary fines and disqualification periods. 

How to apply for a class RE provisional, probationary or open licence

Q-Ride is Queensland’s primary motorcycle licensing method.

Q-SAFE practical riding tests are restricted to areas where Q-Ride is not reasonably accessible.

If you live within a 100 kilometre radius of a Q-Ride training area, in order to graduate from an RE learner licence you will have to complete a Q-Ride competency based training and assessment course.

You will only have the option of completing a Q-SAFE practical riding test if you live outside a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training area.

Further information is provided on the motorcycle licence provisional or open web page.

Last updated
04 August 2014