Learn to ride a LAMS motorcycle (R-E)

You can apply for a learner's permit to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) vehicle once you are 16 years of age. There are 6 steps involved in getting a licence that allows you to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.

  Motorcycle (R-E class) LAMS approved

A Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) approved motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 660 cc and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t (with foot or hand operated clutch).

RE LAMS class vehicle

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Experience required to upgrade your licence or remove a restriction When you can start learning to drive Licence authorisation
No experience required (minimum age 17 years). As soon as you turn 16 years of age. If you are authorised to drive R-E class vehicles you may ride any:
  • Motorcycle (with or without a side car) that is listed as a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • LAMS approved motor carrier.
  • A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of the preceding motorcycle class.

  Trike Motorcycle (R-E class) LAMS approved

Trikes are defined as 'a motor vehicle with 3 wheels, but do not include a 2 wheeled motor vehicle with a sidecar attached to it that is supported by a third wheel'.

Experience required to upgrade your licence or remove a restriction When you can start learning to drive Licence authorisation
No experience required (minimum age 17 years). As soon as you turn 16 years of age. If you are authorised to drive R-E class vehicles you may ride any:
  • Motorcycle (with or without a side car) that is listed as a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • LAMS approved motor carrier.
  • A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of the preceding motorcycle class.

A person who completes a practical riding assessment on a trike does not demonstrate sufficient balance skills for the Director General to be satisfied that they can safely ride two wheeled motorcycles.

Accordingly, the R-E or R class granted to these applicants will be restricted with condition code 31 (restricted to ride motor trikes only).

These applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as other motorcycle applicants (e.g. they must hold an R-E class for 12 months before applying for an R class etc).

  What is LAMS?

Female motorcycle rider wearing safety gear

The Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) was implemented in Western Australia on 14 January 2013 to increase the range, frame size and style of suitable scooters and motorcycles that can be ridden on an R-E class licence.

The scheme is based on recommendations from the Graduated Rider Training and Licensing project as better practice in motorcycle licensing.

Under the scheme, all new R-E class licence holders will be qualified on LAMS-approved motorcycles. Existing R-E class licence holders must only ride LAMS-approved motorcycles and have 12 months to either change motorcycles or upgrade to an unrestricted R class licence.

The scheme does not affect existing moped or R class licence holders.

Please also download the frequently asked questions for more information.

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  What does it mean to me?

R-E class licence holders

Under the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS), it is the responsibility of R-E class licence holders to ensure that they are only riding on LAMS-approved motorcycles.

R-E class learner's permit holders

R-E class learner's permit holders may only take their Practical Driving Assessments using motorcycles approved under the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS).

You will not be allowed to take the Practical Driving Assessment if your motorcycle is not LAMS-approved, and no refunds will be given.

R class Practical Driving Assessments

Implementation of the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) means that unrestricted R class Practical Driving Assessments may only be undertaken on motorcycles with power-to-weight ratio exceeding 150 kW/t or an engine capacity exceeding 660 cc.

Motorcycles between 250 cc and 660 cc, which are currently used for R class Practical Driving Assessments, will no longer be suitable to assess riding competency for unrestricted R class motorcycles.

If you wish to take a practical assessment for an unrestricted R class licence, you will need to use a motorcycle that exceeds the LAMS specifications.

  Get your motorcycle added to or removed from the LAMS list

If you are an R-E class licence holder riding:

  • An ICV motorcycle (kit bike).
  • An import (not approved by federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport).
  • A motorcycle not LAMS approved which should be LAMS listed.
  • A motorcycle LAMS listed which should not be on the list.

You will need to apply for a Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) compliance assessment for the bike. This assessment may take up to 15 working days. To apply, please download and submit (Form VL195): Motorcycle vehicle specification below.

The form can be submitted either electronically or by post.

To submit online, please email the completed form to the email address below.

All form fields must be completed. Please include as much information as possible to enable a proper assessment. Incomplete forms will be deleted without a response.

Any motorcycle that has been modified in any way is automatically deemed to be LAMS non-compliant.

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To submit by post, please print the form, complete it and then mail or email to:

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
Vehicle Safety and Standards,
Technical Policy and Services,
21 Murray Road South,
Welshpool WA 6106
Email

  Applying for a LAMS (R-E class) licence

You can apply for an R-E class learner's permit at 16 years of age. This will qualify you to learn to ride Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) - approved motorcycles.

Note:

If you already hold a licence to drive a car, you do not need to complete steps 4 to 6 below. Once you have successfully passed your Practical Driving Assessment, your licence record will be amended to show the new vehicle class you are now authorised to drive.

For more information, please download the fact sheet below.

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  Good Gear Guide (for moped and motorcycle riders)

Good Gear Guide equipment

No matter what you ride - from scooter to superbike - good gear is an investment too important to ignore. It could make the difference between a nasty tumble and injuries that prevent you from ever riding again.

The right gear can also improve your riding and your enjoyment by protecting you from the elements.

This is a guide to gear that will improve your riding comfort and could save you from preventable injuries.

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  Step 1: Learner's permit (R-E class)

To start learning to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle you have to apply for a learner's permit and pass the motorcycle theory test.

Visit the learner's permit page for detailed information on completing step one of getting your R-E class licence.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) licence

  • You can apply for an R-E class learner's permit at 16 years of age.
  • You will need to sit a motorcycle theory test consisting of 35 multiple-choice questions that relate to general road rules and specific motorcycle relevant questions.
  • You will need to get 28 or more answers correct to pass.
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  Step 2: Learn to ride (R-E class)

Once you have been issued your learner's permit you can begin learning the skills you need to become a safe rider. In this step you must complete and record a minimum of 25 supervised riding hours in your Learner Guide and Log Book, unless you already hold a licence to drive a car.

Please visit the learn to drive page for information on completing step two of getting your licence.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle. (R-E class) licence

  • An approved supervisor must accompany you at all times either as a pillion passenger, in a sidecar or on another motorcycle.
  • You must learn to ride on a motorcycle that meets the standards for the relevant class of vehicle you are applying to drive.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
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  Step 3: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment: LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class)

Once you have completed a minimum 25 hours of supervised riding experience, and have developed the ability to control your vehicle safely, you can take the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

Visit the Practical Driving Assessment page for information on completing step three of getting your licence.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) licence

  • You must be at least 16 years and six months of age to undertake the PDA.
  • The PDA will determine your general riding ability. This may include testing your ability to:
    • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure 'O' without putting a foot on the ground.
    • Correctly park and start on a hill.
    • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.
  • You must wear appropriate attire that consists of enclosed footwear, approved helmet, long trousers and long-sleeved shirt or fully-sleeved jacket. Gloves and eye protection are also highly recommended.
  • For the practical riding assessment on a Trike, applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to control the relevant trike for which the class is sought. The assessment will be in the same format as an unrestricted motorcycle assessment, with specific focus on road position. In lieu of the balance component, applicants will be required to demonstrate a parking or turning-around manoeuvre.
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  Book a PDA with the DoT (first licence and upgrade)

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) with the Department of Transport (first licence and upgrade).

22/08/2016: Online web services, such as DoTDirect online account, pay online and PlatesWA, will be temporarily offline due to scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will occur between 6:00 pm on Friday 26th August and 6:00 pm on Sunday 28th August. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (online)

PDA bookings may also be made:

You are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible as this will increase your chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.

Note:

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Who can book online?

Online PDA bookings are limited to tests in the following vehicle classes:

Note:

The regional centres of Gingin, Northam, Wongan Hills, Dowerin Shire and Goomalling Shire are currently not available online. Please contact the site directly to make a booking.

Who can't book online?

Online PDA bookings are not available for the following vehicle classes:

You cannot book online if your PDA is required as a result of:

  • A medical condition and the medical assessment process is incomplete.
  • An extraordinary licence application.
  • A conditional licence application.
  • Transferring an overseas licence and you have not obtained a learner's permit.

Or

  • The licence or learner's permit is subject to a sanction.

Please call 13 11 56 to book your PDA if any of these circumstances apply to you.

  Step 4: Gain experience: LAMS motorcycle licence (R-E class)

Once you pass your Practical Driving Assessment you need to build on your riding experience. In this step you must complete and record a minimum of 25 supervised riding hours in your Learner Guide and Log Book over a minimum of six months.

Visit the gain experience page for information on completing step four of getting your licence.

If you already hold a licence to drive a car you may skip this stage and go directly to step six.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle. (R-E class) licence:

  • An approved supervisor must accompany you at all times either as a pillion passenger, in a sidecar or on another motorcycle.
  • You must ride a motorcycle that meets the standards for the relevant class of vehicle you have a learner's permit for.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
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  Step 5: Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

Once you have completed your post Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) minimum 25 supervised riding hours, a minimum of six months has elapsed since the PDA, and you have reached 17 years of age, you will have to pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) before you will be granted your provisional licence.

If you already hold a licence to drive a car (C class licence) you may skip this stage and go directly to step six.

Visit the Hazard Perception Test page for information on completing step five of getting your licence.

  Step 6: Provisional licence

Once you have passed the HPT you will be granted a provisional licence and will be able to ride unsupervised.

Visit the provisional licence page for important information on riding solo and the rules and conditions you must abide by.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) licence

  • You will have a provisional licence for two years or until you have reached the age of 19 years, whichever is the longer period.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
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  Display your 'P' plates

You will have a provisional licence until you have ceased to be a novice driver and have reached 19 years of age during which time you have to display red and then green 'P' plates.

During your provisional licence period, you must display 'P' plates in a visible position at the front and back of your vehicle or motorcycle at all times.

Plate style Time period Description
Red P Plate First six months You must display white on red 'P' plates and will be subject to night-time driving restrictions.
Green P Plate Remaining period You must display white on green 'P' plates.
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  Driver licence fees and payments (2016/2017)

Notes:

* Denotes fee includes Goods and Services Tax (GST).

If you have a medical condition or occupational endorsement on your driver's licence which requires the Department of Transport to set a driver's licence renewal period other than the standard 1 to 5 years, then the fees you are required to pay may differ from the ones stated below.

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. When this option is used, the class restriction removal fee is applied.

Driver licence renewal fees

Fee type Fee
New application fee (original issue, not HC or MC class) $75.90
Licence fee - 1 year $41.80
Licence fee - 5 years $132.00
Licence fee - 1 year forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 2 years forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 3 years forced by condition $79.20
Licence fee - 4 years forced by condition $105.60
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior $13.20
Licence fee - 5 years Pensioner or Senior $66.00
Licence fee - 1 year Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $13.20
Licence fee - 2 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $26.40
Licence fee - 3 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $39.60
Licence fee - 4 years Pensioner or Senior forced by condition $52.80
Licence fee - 1 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^
Licence fee - 5 year Aged Pensioners No Fee ^

^ Your renewal notice must still be presented to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record.

^ 5 year Aged Pensioners, your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update licence record even if no fee is payable.

Duplicate/replacement driver licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence $35.20
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Pensioners and Seniors) $17.60
Duplicate/replacement driver's licence (Aged Pensioners) No Fee

Duplicate tax invoice

Fee type Fee
Duplicate tax invoice (including 10% Goods and Services Tax) $9.70

Certified copy of excessive demerit points notice fee

Fee type Fee
Certified copy of notice $20.80

Transfer application (overseas/interstate) fees

Fee type Fee
Transfer application (overseas or expired interstate) $40.70
Additional class application (not MC or HC) $75.90
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $72.50

Removal of class restriction fees

Fee type Fee
Removal of class restriction (e.g. R-E to R). Note this fee does not include MC and HC class $72.50

Extraordinary driver's licence fees

Fee type Fee
Original extraordinary licence application - 1 year $180.40
Original extraordinary licence application - 6 months $90.20
Extraordinary licence renewal - 1 year $38.50
Extraordinary licence renewal - 6 months $19.25
Extraordinary licence replacement $35.20

Learner driver fees

Fee type Fee
Sit the learner's permit theory test $18.50
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $12.90
Application fee including one practical driving assessment (PDA) $75.90
Every subsequent PDA resit $72.50
Learner guide and log book $18.40
Initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $20.90
Every subsequent HPT resit $13.90
Learner permit replacement $34.50

HC and MC heavy vehicle class fees

Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers:
MC class application $40.70
MC class restriction removal $165.70
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department/Police:
HC class application $173.90
HC class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $40.70
HC supplementary Practical Driving Assessment $165.70
HC class restriction removal $165.70
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers:
HR/HC class application $40.70
HR/HC class $165.70

Hire and reward extension (bus/taxi) fees

Fee type Fee
F (bus) extension application $108.50
T (taxi) extension application $105.10

Driving instructors fees

Fee type Fee
Application fee $93.00
Licence fee $5.30
Duplicate licence fee $7.70
Testing fee $161.80

WA photo card fees

Fee type Fee
WA photo card application $42.50
Replacement WA photo card $35.20
Additional WA photo card $36.00
WA photo card application - Pensioner or Senior concession
$21.25
Replacement WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession
$17.60
Additional WA photo card - Pensioner or Senior concession
$18.00
WA photo card application/replacement/additional - Aged Pensioner
No fee

The WA photo card replaced the proof of age card.

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