NT R CLASS MOTORCYCLE GRADUATED LICENSING SCHEME

The Northern Territory has a graduated licensing scheme for new riders. To obtain a Northern Territory class R (rider-motorcycle) licence, you must complete the various licence stages. You are encouraged to do rider training. Rider training covers the key riding skills that are required for riding safely on the road. The training covers the key skills that are required for riding on the road and are taught in two stages: pre-learner and pre-provisional.

If Darwin Motorcycle Riding School is in your area, you are encouraged to do the rider training.

A new rider will progress through four stages to obtain a full licence.

Stage 1
Pre-learner

Theory
Pass the rider knowledge test to qualify for a learner licence.

Practical
Book and successfully complete one of the following:
• Balance and Stability practical riding test (Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (MOST)) through selected MVR offices
• Basic METAL (Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing) course.

Learner rider licence issued
Once you have completed the above, visit an MVR office to have your learner rider licence issued.

Stage 2

Practice riding for a minimum of six consecutive months. You could choose to do a METAL Transitional course during this time. The Transitional course can be completed as many times as you like and is a useful way for new riders to get on-road riding practice under the supervision of a trained motorcycle riding instructor.

Stage 3

RIDING TEST

Pre-provisional
To achieve either a provisional or restricted class R licence, you must be able to demonstrate your ability to safely and competently ride a motorcycle on the road.

Book and successfully complete one of the following:
• On Road Riding Test through your local MVR
• Intermediate METAL course (to take part in an Intermediate METAL course, you must have already completed the Basic METAL course).

Provisional or Restricted rider licence issued

Once you have completed the above, visit an MVR office to have your Provisional or Restricted rider licence issued.

Stage 4
FULL LICENCE

Riders that already have another class of licence
If you have an unconditional licence of another class, such as a full car licence, you will be issued a restricted class R licence once you have completed your rider learner period and successfully completed the MVR On Road Riding Test or Intermediate METAL course.You must hold your restricted licence for at least one year before you can upgrade to a full licence.

Riders that do not have another class of licence
If you do not currently have an unconditional licence of another class, once you have completed either the MVR On Road Riding Test or Intermediate METAL course, you will be issued a provisional class R licence. If you are under 25 years of age, you must hold your provisional licence for at least two years before you can upgrade to a full licence. If you are 25 or older, you must hold your provisional licence for at least one year.

Suspension or cancellation during provisional or restricted period
If your licence is suspended or cancelled during your provisional or restricted period, your provisional or restricted rider licence period may be extended, or you might need to start the provisional/restricted period again. Obtaining a full (unrestricted) rider licence

At the end of your provisional or restricted period you can apply for a full licence.

Remember that learning to ride well takes lots of experience that will only come with time and lots of practice in different riding situations. Use every time you ride as an opportunity to learn.