The first stage in getting your Motorcycle Licence is to get your Learner Licence. This involves an approved Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST) followed by a theory test based on the Official New Zealand Road Code for motorcyclists. Check out our tips to prepare for your test.
Find out more about Learner Motorcycle Licence conditions at nzta.govt.nz
Six must do’s before you arrive for your Learner Motorcycle Licence test
A BHST lets you practise basic skills on your private property or at a training school, and makes sure that you have the skills to ride safely on the road. You can find assessors all over New Zealand.
All of the questions that could come up during your theory test are in the appendices section of the road code. This is a useful tool to test your knowledge, and once you feel confident that you are able to answer the questions correctly it is a good idea to try a practice test.
There are a couple of great resources available online to help you practise for your test:
When you feel confident that you know the road code well, you’ll be ready to book your test. You can come in to one of our driver licensing branches and our team will help you complete your application.
What to bring with you
Your current New Zealand passport or New Zealand photographic car licence. If you do not have access to either of these, you will need to bring in two other approved forms of identification. Check out our FAQs for more detail on what is an acceptable form of identification.
In-branch you will need to:
You should be able to complete your test on the same day that you finish your application process (subject to availability), or you can book in for another day if you need some more time to prepare.
The test will consist of 35 multi-choice questions. To pass, you need to get at least 32 questions correct, so take your time to read and think about each question. You have 30 minutes to complete the test and can request more time if necessary.
Don’t worry if you don’t pass on the first go – you can always try again. If you get more than three questions wrong or miss your appointment time, you will be required to re-sit your test.
You should be able to re-book and sit your test, including paying another $45.70, on the same day if you like. If you need some more time to study, you can book for a later date.
That’s great – that’s the first part done! You will be issued with your temporary licence and your photographic licence will be posted in the mail.
Make sure to pick up an L plate – they’re available in branch for only $5.99. You’re required to have a L plate visible on the rear of your motorcycle or moped at all times while riding on a Learner Licence.
You have six months on your Learner Licence to practise and become a confident rider in preparation for your restricted licence test (Unless you are over 16 ½ in which case you may be able to progress straight to your Restricted Licence). The motorcycle you practise on must be LAMS-approved. Find out about getting your Restricted Motorcycle Licence.
We'll have you road ready in no time.