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Upgrading your RE motorcycle licence (Q-Ride and Q-SAFE)

To upgrade from a class RE learner licence to an class RE provisional or open licence, you will need to complete either a Q-Ride training and assessment course or pass a Q-SAFE practical riding test.

You must also do this to upgrade from a class RE to a class R licence.

Q-Ride or Q-SAFE

If you live:

  • within a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training centre, you must complete the Q-Ride training and assessment course
  • outside a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training centre, you can choose to either complete a Q-Ride training and assessment course or take the Q-SAFE practical riding test.

Find your nearest Q-Ride training provider.

Q-Ride

Q-Ride is a competency-based training and assessment program delivered by Q-Ride training providers. During the course you will need to demonstrate your competency on a learner approved motorcycle.

You can enrol in a Q-Ride course and start training to get a class RE provisional or open licence as soon as you get your class RE learner licence.

You can apply for your class RE or R provisional or open licence once you get your Q-Ride certificate (or competency declaration) from your training provider. It is important to note that the competency declaration is not a motorcycle licence.

Your competency declaration is only valid for 12 months from the date of issue. If you do not present it within 12 months, it will expire and you will need to undertake Q-Ride again to obtain a new one.

Q-SAFE

Q-SAFE is a practical riding test delivered by Queensland Government driving examiners. It is designed to evaluate your ability to ride safely and correctly in different road situations.

You can only take the Q-SAFE test if you live more than 100km from a Q-Ride training centre.

If you are eligible, you must hold your class RE learner licence for at least 6 months before taking the Q-SAFE test to get a class RE provisional or open licence. During this 6 months you can practice riding with a supervisor.

You must take the test on a learner approved motorcycle.

To book a Q-SAFE riding test, call the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80. In some rural and remote areas, you may need to visit a police station that issues driver licences to take the test.

After you have completed Q-Ride or Q-SAFE

For Q-Ride, once you have received your Q-Ride certificate, you need to take this with you to a transport and motoring customer service centre to upgrade your licence.

For Q-SAFE, you need to visit the transport and motoring service centre where you have booked your practical test.

There is no fee to add the new class RE or R to your provisional or open licence. However you will have to pay a fee if you are renewing your licence at the same time.

You will also need to bring:

You will need to declare that you are medically fit to ride. If you need to notify us about a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you will need to get a medical certificate from your doctor.

If you have upgraded to a class RE provisional or open licence, you must still only ride a learner approved motorcycle. Read the rules that apply to class RE provisional or open licences.

If you have upgraded to a class R provisional or open licence, the engine size restrictions no longer apply.

Upcoming changes

From October 2016 the time you need to hold a class RE learner licence is changing. If you get your class RE learner licence from October 2016, you will need to hold your class RE learner licence for at least 3 months (or at least 1 year if you were exempt from the Q-Ride pre-learner course) before you can enrol in a Q-Ride course or take the Q-SAFE test. If you already hold a class RE learner licence before October 2016, the old rules will continue to apply to you.

The new class RE learner licence period aims to encourage new riders to practice the skills they learn in the pre-learner course, and encourage new riders to gain supervised riding experience before progressing to a class RE licence and riding unaccompanied.

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Last updated
8 June 2016

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