If you are planning to learn to ride a motorcycle, you will need to attend RiderSafe training courses. You will also need to ride a learner approved motorcycle.
Steps to apply for a motorcycle licence
Step 1: Basic training course
Enrol in a RiderSafe basic training course.
RiderSafe is a pre-licence training course that teaches the basic and advanced skills necessary for you to ride a motorcycle safely on the road.
Training is available at:
- St Agnes
- Murray Bridge
- Port Pirie
To enrol in a RiderSafe basic training course you must have a current driver’s licence. If you do not have a current driver’s licence, you must first pass a theory test.
The RiderSafe basic course can be paid for at any Service SA customer service centre.
Once payment for the course has been made phone 1800 018 300 between 8.30am and 4.30pm with your receipt number to make your booking.
Step 2: Apply for a learner's permit
After successfully completing the RiderSafe basic course, present the endorsed form at any Service SA customer service centre to apply for a learner’s permit.
The permit is valid for two years and you must carry it at all times while riding.
You must complete the RiderSafe advanced training course within two years.
Step 3: Advanced training
Enrol in a RiderSafe advanced training course.
It is recommended that you have your learner’s permit for a minimum of six months before you undertake the advanced training course.
The RiderSafe advanced course can be paid for at any Service SA customer service centre.
Once payment for the course has been made phone 1800 018 300 between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm with your receipt number to make your booking.
Go to Preparing for RiderSafe advanced training to prepare for the course.
Step 4: Apply for an R-date licence
After successfully completing the RiderSafe advanced course, present your certificate of competency at any Service SA customer service centre to apply for a R-date licence.
If you hold a driver's licence, the R-date motorcycle class will be added to it.
If you do not hold a licence, but have held a learner's permit for a period totalling at least 12 calendar months and you are at least 17 years old, you can apply for a provisional licence.
You must have a South Australian driver’s licence endorsed with a motorbike class in order to ride a motorbike.
This licence is restricted to riding a learner approved motorcycle.
Step 5: Apply for an R-class licence
After riding on a restricted R-date licence for 12 months, you may apply for an unrestricted R-class licence. This licence enables you to ride a motorcycle of any power to weight ratio.