Sit your practical riding test

To sit a riding test you will need to:

  • enrol in a Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing (METAL) program pre-provisional rider training course
  • sit a practical test - available for riders in Alice Springs only.

Before you can sit your riding test, you must have held your learner rider licence for six consecutive months.

Your assessment results from the METAL pre-provisional course or the practical test will remain valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

If you do not upgrade from a Class R learner licence within this period, you will need to complete another practical test.

METAL pre-provisional rider training course

The METAL pre-provisional rider training course gives you professional training in riding techniques and improves your skills and understanding of road safety for motorcyclists.

This course is available from the following providers:

Darwin region

The Scooter Shop
Phone: 8941 2434 / 0416 201 611

Bike You
Phone: 0424 483 480 

Defensive Driving Academy Darwin
Phone: 0417 727 345

Darwin Motorcycle Riding School
Phone: 0411 609 658

Top End and Red Centre Motorcycle Skills Trainer
Phone: 0429 200 184

Alice Springs

Top End and Red Centre Motorcycle Skills Trainer
Phone: 0429 200 184


Phone: 0438 808 835 / 0418 851 644

You will need to check with your provider whether or not motorcycles and helmets are provided for the course.

The Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) offers this course in Alice Springs. To book call 1300 654 628. 

Practical riding test: Alice Springs

The Motor Vehicle Registry offers a riding test in Alice Springs as an alternative to a rider training course. To do a riding test you will need all of the following:

  • your learner rider licence - held for at least six consecutive months
  • a registered approved motorcycle for novice riders with L plates on display
  • a helmet and other safety riding gear.

To get the list of approved motorcycles for novice riders go to the New South Wales Government's Roads and Maritime website.

How to book the MVR riding test

You can book by calling 1300 654 628 or in person at a MVR office.

You must pay the practical riding test fee at the time of booking.

You can pay by Visa card or MasterCard if booking by phone.

If booking in person at a MVR office, you can pay by Visa card, MasterCard, cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

About the MVR riding test

Your test will include:

  • a ride of approximately 20 minutes observed by a testing officer
  • standard defensive riding habits.

The MVR testing officer will tell you at the end whether you have passed your riding test. If you fail your riding test, you can re-book another test.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017