Do I need a licence for a scooter or moped in Australia?

Do I need a licence for a scooter or moped in Australia?

 

Scooter license requirements

Yes, you need a licence for a scooter or moped in Australia. However, the licence necessary for scooter riders differs by state. It also depends if your scooter is classified as a scooter or a moped.

So what is the difference between a scooter and a moped?

A moped is a specific type of scooter with an engine size of 50cc or less and doesn’t travel any faster than 50kmph. Anything over 50cc and going faster than 50kmph is considered a scooter. These are the essential differences between the two. 

Do I need a motorcycle licence to ride a moped in Australia?

That depends on what state or territory you live in. 

Luckily, if you live in SA, QLD, WA or NT, you can ride a moped using your regular C class licence, as long as the moped is registered, insured and compliant with Australian design rules.

If you live in ACT, NSW, TAS or VIC, you will need a motorcycle licence. 

What if my scooter is not a moped?

If your scooter has an engine size of more than 50cc or goes faster than 50kmph, you will need a motorcycle licence to be able to drive it IN ALL AUSTRALIAN STATES AND TERRITORIES. 

Can I ride a moped on my learner’s?

It depends on each state. Queensland allows learner, provisional and open drivers licence holders to ride mopeds, learners in South Australia and Western Australia must pass riding tests before they can legally ride a moped. 

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Here’s a quick guide to licensing requirements by state: 

 

Australian Capital Territory

A.C.T. licence information

  • A motorcycle licence is ALWAYS required for all scooters.

 

New South Wales

N.S.W. licence information

  • A motorcycle licence is ALWAYS required for all scooters.

 

Northern Territory

N.T. licence information

  • C class licence holders may legally ride mopeds.
  • Motorcycle licence applies for all other scooters.

 

Queensland

QLD licence information

  • C class licence holders may legally ride mopeds.
  • Motorcycle licence applies for all other scooters.

 

South Australia

S.A. licence information 

  • C class licence holders may legally ride mopeds.
  • Motorcycle licence applies for all other scooters.

 

Tasmania

TAS. licence information 

  • A motorcycle licence is ALWAYS required for all scooters.

 

Victoria

VIC. licence information

  • A motorcycle licence is ALWAYS required for all scooters.

 

Western Australia

 W.A. licence information

  • C class licence holders may legally ride mopeds.
  • Motorcycle licence applies for all other scooters.

 

This information was current as of June 2021. For more detailed information, contact the transport authority in your state or territory.