How to get learner's permit in South Australia?

By Catherine Johnson
24 Jan 2019

Steps to get a Learner's permit

  • Minimum age 16
  • Pass a theory test or hold a driver's licence
  • Pass Rider Safe basic training

Learner's permit conditions and rules

  • Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) restricted motorcycle (PDF, 199 KB)
  • Zero alcohol/drugs
  • Must display 'L' plates
  • Must not exceed speed limit by more than 10kph
  • Must not ride over 100kph
  • Must not incur 4 or more demerit points
  • No pillion passengers unless they are a Qualified Driving Driver
  • Learner riders who don't already hold a driver's licence must hold a learner's permit for at least 12 months (six months for over 25 years)
  • You must not use any type of mobile phone function.
  • Holders of a learner's permit for R Date, who are under 25 years of age and who do not hold a P2 or full licence for another class must not ride a motorcycle between the hours of midnight and 5am unless they:
    • are accompanied by a Qualified Supervising Driver (QSD). For motorcycle riders, a Qualified Supervising Driver is a pillion passenger that holds an unconditional motorcycle licence for the preceding two years*;
    • hold a P2 or full licence for another class; or
    • they meet the exemption criteria.


*A person who has previously been subject to a Good Behaviour Condition within the past two years can act as a Qualified Supervising Driver if they held a full licence during that time, as long as they are not currently subject to that condition.

The permit is valid for two years and you must carry it at all times whilst riding.

You must complete the Rider Safe advanced training course within two years. If you do not complete the Rider Safe advanced course within two years you may be required to re-sit the Rider Safe basic course.

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