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Old May 2nd 2011, 7:35 am
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Hi just a quick question my hubby is getting his motorbike licence here in aus, will it be transferrable in the uk? thanks
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Hi just a quick question my hubby is getting his motorbike licence here in aus, will it be transferrable in the uk? thanks
Yes, but he will only get a restricted licence here in QLD, not an open licence. So I don't know what the DVLA will exchange it to over there i.e. restricted for full licence.

Sorry to hear you're moving back. Hope it works out for all of you.
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Thanks for the reply, and thanks for the good wishes
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I,d wait untill you get back to the UK the test is fairly easy and if you dont have a UK full bike licence the insurance company is gonna spank you on the price

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I think they're valid for a short period. Full details here:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...nce/DG_4022562

The UK motorcycle test is tougher than a lot of countries (it makes the US test seem ridiculous), but no problems for an experienced rider.
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Hi just a quick question my hubby is getting his motorbike licence here in aus, will it be transferrable in the uk? thanks
Hi collybabe24,

I have just returned from Brisbane and changed my licence over. As long as your hubby passes his Q Ride test, then he will get a full open licence in QLD.
Over in the UK, just fill in the new licence form, I think it was a D1 not sure, lousy memory and include a letter to the effect that you wish to include your motorcycle entitlement on your new UK licence and it will be done, no probelm. Mine was returned within two weeks. I had to send in my Oz licence and this was kept by DVLA but otherwise pretty easy.
The insurance premiums are only expensive on your return as the no claims is a problem. Luckliy I knew an isnurance broker and so he arranged my insurance on my car. Your hubby will not have any no claims on a motorbike depending on his return and how long he's been riding.

Trust me, it's easier to pass your bike test in QLD than over in the UK.

If you need a copy of the letter just PM me.
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Hi collybabe24,

I have just returned from Brisbane and changed my licence over. As long as your hubby passes his Q Ride test, then he will get a full open licence in QLD.
Over in the UK, just fill in the new licence form, I think it was a D1 not sure, lousy memory and include a letter to the effect that you wish to include your motorcycle entitlement on your new UK licence and it will be done, no probelm. Mine was returned within two weeks. I had to send in my Oz licence and this was kept by DVLA but otherwise pretty easy.
The insurance premiums are only expensive on your return as the no claims is a problem. Luckliy I knew an isnurance broker and so he arranged my insurance on my car. Your hubby will not have any no claims on a motorbike depending on his return and how long he's been riding.

Trust me, it's easier to pass your bike test in QLD than over in the UK.

If you need a copy of the letter just PM me.
You can't get an Open bike licence from no bike licence. You can only get a restricted licence which you must hold for 1 year in QLD then do the test again on a bigger bike for your open licence.
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You can't get an Open bike licence from no bike licence. You can only get a restricted licence which you must hold for 1 year in QLD then do the test again on a bigger bike for your open licence.
I think that is age dependent. My wife and I both went from no licence to full open licence after a 2 day Q Ride course.

We are both in our 40's so maybe that changed things.
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I think that is age dependent. My wife and I both went from no licence to full open licence after a 2 day Q Ride course.

We are both in our 40's so maybe that changed things.


How long ago did you do them?

I am a motorcycle instructor and believe me you have to be on a RE licence for one year before going for your open licence.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Licensing/...l-or-open.aspx

When am I allowed to ride a class R motorbike?

"You must have held a class RE motorbike provisional or open licence for at least one year before you can learn to ride a class R motorbike.

Note: You must comply with the no alcohol limit (0.00) when learning to ride.

You may then follow the steps outlined above to upgrade your licence class from a class RE to a class R."

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How long ago did you do them?

I am a motorcycle instructor and believe me you have to be on a RE licence for one year before going for your open licence.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Licensing/...l-or-open.aspx

When am I allowed to ride a class R motorbike?

"You must have held a class RE motorbike provisional or open licence for at least one year before you can learn to ride a class R motorbike.

Note: You must comply with the no alcohol limit (0.00) when learning to ride.

You may then follow the steps outlined above to upgrade your licence class from a class RE to a class R."
We both did our Q Ride in 2007. Not sure if it has changed since then, but basically we already held a car licence and we did our theory test for motorcycles at the same time when doing the theory for the car licence changeover from UK to QLD licence.
After this you did not need to hold an RE licence before doing a Q Ride approved course.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Licensing/...ce/Q-Ride.aspx

The advantages of Q-Ride

You do not need to hold your class RE motorbike learner licence for six months during the two years before applying for a class RE motorbike provisional, probationary or open licence.

Hope this clarifies but not much more I can say about this than we did it and we now have ful UK motorcycle entitlements.
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We both did our Q Ride in 2007. Not sure if it has changed since then, but basically we already held a car licence and we did our theory test for motorcycles at the same time when doing the theory for the car licence changeover from UK to QLD licence.
After this you did not need to hold an RE licence before doing a Q Ride approved course.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Licensing/...ce/Q-Ride.aspx

The advantages of Q-Ride

You do not need to hold your class RE motorbike learner licence for six months during the two years before applying for a class RE motorbike provisional, probationary or open licence.

Hope this clarifies but not much more I can say about this than we did it and we now have ful UK motorcycle entitlements.
It has changed. Apparently you could have held a car licence for 3 out of the last 5 years to jump straight to an R licence in 2007 and before.

This is no longer the case and won't help the OP's husband get an open licence.
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