The full licence practical riding test is the test that restricted licence holders must pass (unless choosing the CBTA option) to graduate to a full class 6 motorcycle licence. It is designed to test whether the skills of the motorcyclist are at a level where they can safely ride without the conditions of the restricted licence.
The test is conducted on a LAMS-approved motorcycle provided by you.
List of LAMS-approved motorcycles
The full licence practical test will take about 30 minutes. This time allows for vehicle checks before the test, the test itself and time for the testing officer to give you feedback on your performance after the test. During the test you will be expected to demonstrate safe riding practices in a wide range of situations.
You must be at least 18 years of age and have held your restricted licence for at least 18 months.
Test applicants will be expected to be able to apply appropriate hazard and detection responses to all assessable tasks without explanation of what is required by the testing officer.
You should practise describing hazards aloud until you can confidently and clearly describe the hazards you are looking at and what you are doing in response to them.
You will be asked to perform a number of tasks and to observe and remember the hazards you see as you perform each task.
Some examples of hazards are:
You will be marked on how well you performed the task, plus how well your descriptions of the hazards match those noted by the testing officer.
All of the tasks will take place in busy, built-up areas. This means you will be riding in and around towns or suburban areas.
You will fail the test (with the test being terminated) if you:
At the end of the test, the testing officer will tell you whether or not you have passed the test, and go over any errors you made.
If you pass the test, you will have earned your full licence. The testing officer will keep your restricted licence and you will be given a temporary full licence. This is valid for 21 days and must be carried with you when you drive. Your full photo driver licence will be mailed to you. If you don’t receive your new licence within the 21-day period, then you should call us on 0800 822 422.
If you fail the test, the testing officer will return your restricted licence to you.
You should lodge a complaint if you believe a testing officer has acted inappropriately or incorrectly failed or terminated your practical test. You can obtain a complaint form:
Your complaint will be investigated and you will receive a response in writing. If you’re not satisfied with the results of the investigation, you can ask Waka Kotahi to review that investigation.