Getting your Motorcycle License

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You must be at least 15 years old before you can apply for a motorcycle licence in New Zealand.

New Zealand has a graduated driver licensing system. This means you get your licence in three stages. (These stages apply regardless of your age when you first apply for a licence.)

The stages are:

How much do motorcycle licences cost?

Basic handling skills test $41.00*
Learner licence application fee $39.30
Learner licence test $39.70
Restricted licence application fee $39.30
Restricted licence test $48.90
Full licence application fee $44.30
Full licence test $70.80
Total $323.30

* This is the fee charged by testing officers. The fees charged by motorcycle riding instructors will vary.

All fees include GST and are non-refundable.

How long does getting a motorcycle license take?

A learner license must be held for 6 months before the restricted license test may be sat.

The minimum amount of time spent on a restricted license is different depending on the applicants age. It can also be decreased by completing an approved course (commonly referred to as a Defensive Driving Course). For riders under the age of 25 the restricted license period is 18 months with the period decreasing to 6 months for those aged 25 or over. Both these periods can be decreased with the completion of one of the approved courses, lowering the periods to 12 months and 3 months respectively.

Therefore the minimum time to obtain a full motorcycle license can be between 9 and 24 months, depending on the above factors.

Further information can be found here.

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