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Get your motorcycle licence

The steps to getting a motorcycle licence depend on whether you already have a B.C. driver's licence.

Existing B.C. drivers

If you already have a full-privilege B.C. driver's licence (Class 1-5), here's how to get riding.

Step 1: Get your motorcycle learner's licence

To get your learner's licence you need to

Your parent or a legal guardian must give consent for your application if you're under 19.

Step 2: Pass the motorcycle skills test

After at least 14 days with your learners you can

If you take certified motorcycle training and qualify there is no waiting period and the motorcycle skills test is included.

Step 3: Get your full motorcycle licence

After at least 30 days of being a learner, you can get your full licence by

L&N drivers or new drivers

Drivers with less than two year's driving experience have some extra steps in getting licensed. It's a way to help reduce your crash risk while you're getting on-road experience.  

Step 1
 

Step 1: Get your motorcycle learner's licence

Step 2
 

Step 2: Pass the motorcycle skills test

Step 3
 

Step 3:  Pass the Class 8 motorcycle road test

Step 3
 

Step 4: Get your full motorcycle licence

Motorcycle knowledge test

The first step in getting your learner's licence is passing the motorcycle knowledge test.

[+] What to expect

[+] Get ready

[+] Take the test

After you pass

Once you pass the knowledge test and meet all other requirements, you get a:

  • Class 6L motorcycle learner's licence, if you're a full-privilege driver
  • Class 8L motorcycle learner's licence, if you're in the L or N stage of graduated licensing for passenger vehicles or are a new driver.

Congratulations! Now you can begin to practice riding—with some restrictions. 

Supervisor age 19+

When you ride, you must be within sight of a qualified supervisor. Your supervisor must be at least 19 years old (if you hold a Class 8L your supervisor must be at least 25 years old) and must hold a valid Class 6 full-privilege licence.

60km per hr

Your speed must not exceed 60 km/h.

Passenger

No passengers.

Restricted hours You may ride only during daylight hours — that is, between sunrise and sunset
Display L

Riders with an 8L licence must display an L sign.

Motorcycle skills test

The motorcycle skills test is a 15-minute test of basic riding skills like signalling, handling the clutch and throttle, braking and turning.

When do I take the skills test?

If you have a 6L licence, you can take the motorcycle skills test after you've held that licence for at least 14 days.

If you have an 8L licence, you'll need to have it for at least 30 days before you take the motorcycle skills test.  

Note: If you take a course at a certified rider training school, you may be able to skip the regular motorcycle skills test. The school assesses your basic riding skills instead.

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Book your test

When you're ready to take the motorcycle skills test, you'll need to  book a test time. Remember to bring your supervisor with you to the test.

After you pass

Once you pass the skills test:

  • the 60 km/h speed restriction is removed
  • you can ride without a supervisor, and
  • once you have reached your earliest exam date you can take a
    • Class 6 road test (if you already have a B.C. driver's licence), or a
    • Class 8 road test (if you don't have a B.C. driver's licence or are in the "L" or "N" stages of graduated licensing for passenger vehicles).

All other learner's restrictions are still in effect.  Be sure to keep track of the time left on your learner licence to complete the road tests.  If your learner expires you will be required to re-take both the knowledge test and motorcycle skills test.

Class 8 motorcycle road test

The Class 8 road test is for learning motorcycle riders who don't have a B.C. driver's licence, or are in the "L" or "N" stage of graduated licensing for passenger vehicles.

When do I take the Class 8 road test?

You take the Class 8 road test after passing the motorcycle skills test and holding a valid Class 8L motorcycle learner's licence for at least 12 months
The earliest date you can take the test is marked on your licence.

Note: Your L expires after 2 years. You'll need to pass the road test before it expires—otherwise, you'll have to repeat both the knowledge test and motorcycle skills test.  This also applies if you were prohibited. 

[+] What to expect

[+] Pre-trip check

[+] On-road manoeuvres

[+] See-Think-Do

[+] Hazard perception

[+] Get ready

[+] What to bring

Booking your test

You'll need to book your Class 8 road test in advance.

Book your road test now »

After you pass

When you pass, you get a Class 8N licence and enter the novice stage of graduated licensing for motorcycles. After 24 months in the novice stage, you're eligible to take the final Class 6 road test.  Remember that if you receive a prohibition your 24 month wait is reset.

Class 6 motorcycle road test

The Class 6 road test is your final test before you get your Class 6 (full privilege) motorcycle driver's licence.

When can I take the Class 6 road test?


If you

You can take the Class 6 motorcycle road test after you

have a Class 6L motorcycle learner's licence

  1. pass the motorcycle skills test, and
  2. have your motorcycle learner's licence for at least 30 days.

have a Class 8L motorcycle learner's licence

  1. pass the motorcycle skills test
  2. pass the Class 8 road test, and
  3. have your Class 8N motorcycle novice  licence for at least 24 months prohibition free.

The earliest date you can take your road test is marked on your licence.

[+] What to expect

[+] Pre-trip check

[+] On-road manoeuvres

[+] See-Think-Do

[+] Hazard perception

[+] Get ready

[+] What to bring

Booking your test

You'll need to book your Class 6 road test in advance.

Book your road test now »

After you pass

Congratulations! You get a Class 6 motorcycle licence.