The game starts out with a Learner's Permit. To upgrade the license, the player must complete the required number of events. Each time the license upgrades, all events are reset and can be completed again to count toward the next license.
The last time the events reset is when the Burnout License is earned. To obtain the Burnout Elite License, the player must complete every event in Paradise City.
|Received at start of game||Hunter Cavalry|
Class D License
|Win 2 events||Hunter Mesquite|
Class C License
|Win 7 events||Nakamura Ikusa GT|
Class B License
|Win 15 events||Carson Fastback|
Class A License
|Win 26 events||Rossolini Tempesta|
|Win 40 events||Carson GT Concept|
Burnout Elite License
|Win all 120* events||Gold Paint|
Criterion Elite License
|Win all 120* events, own all roads, and find all discoveries||Platinum Paint|
- * The number of wins for the Burnout Elite license may vary, depending on how many Burning Route events have been completed, as these don't reset.
Bikes are available to all users who have either The Ultimate Box or The latest Burnout Update (Davis or later). Bikes can be accessed via the Burnout Bikes section of the Junkyard during offline play and are ONLY available in an online freeburning session if all players are already using bikes upon joining.
|Available from the start||Nakamura FV1100 & Nakamura Firehawk V4|
|Complete 19 Burning Ride or Midnight Ride events.||Nakamura FV1100-T1|
|Complete all Burning Rides and Midnight Rides.||Nakamura Firehawk GP Competition|
Big Surf Island License
Users with the Big Surf Island premium update will obtain a new Island License which is separate to the original Paradise one. It is similar to the Bike License in that it tracks the percentage complete. Whilst it does not upgrade, it does unlock new vehicles at certain completion milestones.
|Received after purchase of the Island||Carson Dust Storm|
|Complete 50% of the Island||Hunter Olympus Governor|
Elite Island License
|Complete all Island Events, Own all Island roads, Find all Island Discoverables & Complete all Island Challenges||Carson Annihilator Street Rod|