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Applying for a motorcycle licence

If you would like to obtain a motorcycle licence, you will need to attend basic and advanced Rider Safe training courses. Upon completion of the Rider Safe basic course you may obtain a Learner's Permit. After completion of the advanced course you may obtain a licence for a restricted motorcycle class. This class only allows you to ride a learner approved motorcycle.

How to apply

1. Basic training course

The Basic Rider Safe Course 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
  • Millicent
  • Barmera
  • Port Pirie
  • Whyalla.

To take part in a Basic Rider Safe 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. 

 Fees apply for RiderSafe courses.

Rider Safe motorcycle training course and permitFee
Level one, basic
$351.00
Level two, advanced
$312.00
Rider Safe learner's permit (only issued for 24 months)
$59.00

To enrol, pay for the Rider Safe basic course at any Service SA customer service centre.

Once payment for the course has been made phone 1800 018 300 between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm with your receipt number to make your booking.

2. Apply for a learner's permit

After you have successfully completed the basic course, you must present the endorsed Approval to Obtain a Learner's Permit form at any Service SA customer service centre within 12 months to obtain your learner's permit. Failure to do so will result in you having to do the basic course again.

The learner's permit is valid for two years and you must carry it at all times while riding. (In certain circumstances, a nine-month learner's permit may be issued - telephone 13 10 84 for further details.)

You must complete the advanced Rider Safe course within two years.

3. Advanced training

It is recommended that you have your learner's permit for a minimum of six months before you undertake the RiderSafe advanced training course.

To enrol, you will need to pay for the advanced Rider Safe course at any Service SA customer service centre.

Once payment for the course has been made, phone 1800 018 300 between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm with your receipt number to make your booking.

Go to Preparing for Rider Safe advanced training for more information.

4. Apply for an R-date licence

After successfully completing the Rider Safe advanced course, present your certificate of competency at any Service SA customer service centre to apply for a R-date licence.

If you already 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.

This licence is restricted to riding a learner approved motorcycle.

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.  To have the power restriction removed you must attend a Service SA customer service centre.


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Page last updated: 16 March 2016