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Motorcycle Training & Licences

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Select from the four boxes below and we’ll show you everything you need to do to get on two wheels.

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Common Questions Answered

Licence-based Starting Points

If you don’t fit one of the options above, you’ll fit one of the scenarios below

I've got no car licence, no bike licence

I've got a provisional motorcycle licence

  • Take your Compulsory Basic Training, you can then ride up to 125cc (50cc if you’re under 17) motorcycle or scooter  on L-plates for 2 years
  • If you want a full licence, you can then take your motorcycle theory test
  • Then pass your motorcycle test (AM, A1, A2 or A, depending on your age)
  • You’re then free to ride without L-plates

I've got an CBT certificate and it's in date

  • You can ride up to a 125cc motorcycle or scooter on L-plates for 2 years
  • If you want a full licence, you can then take your motorcycle theory test
  • Then pass your motorcycle test (AM, A1, A2 or A, depending on your age)
  • You’re then free to ride without L-plates

I've done a CBT but it's now expired

  • Your CBT (DL196) certificate only lasts 2 years from the date it is issued
  • Once your CBT expires, you have to take it again if you haven’t passed your motorcycle test
  • Take your Compulsory Basic Training, you can then ride up to 125cc motorcycle or scooter on L-plates for 2 years
  • If you want a full licence, you can then take your motorcycle theory test
  • Then pass your motorcycle test (AM, A1, A2 or A, depending on your age)
  • You’re then free to ride without L-plates

I've got a full moped (AM) licence

  • You can ride up to a 50cc motorcycle or scooter without L-plates and carry a pillion
  • If you want to ride anything bigger, you’ll need to apply take a higher motorcycle test (A1, A2 or A, depending on your age)
  • You’re then free to ride a bike with a capacity over 50cc

I've got an A1 motorcycle licence

  • You can ride up to a 125cc motorcycle or scooter without L-plates and carry a pillion
  • Once you’re over 19 years old, you can apply for an A2 motorcycle licence
  • You’ll need to apply take the A2 motorcycle test (A2 or A, depending on your age)
  • You’re then free to ride a bike with a capacity over 125cc

I've got an A2 motorcycle licence

  • You can ride a motorcycle that is restricted to 47bhp and weighs a minimum of 175kg and you can ride without L-plates and carry a pillion
  • If you’re under 24 but you’ve held your A2 licence for 2 years, you can apply for your A motorcycle licence
  • The earliest you can do your DAS (A licence) is 21, which assumes you have held your A2 since you were 19.
  • If you’re over 24 you can apply directly to do your A motorcycle licence (sometimes known as Direct Access)
  • You’ll need to apply take the A motorcycle test (sometimes known as DAS)
  • If you turn 24 within 2 years of passing your A2, you don’t automatically have an A licence; you’d need to sit your A motorcycle test or wait until you’ve held your A2 licence for 2 years.
  • You’re then free to ride a motorcycle with no restriction

I've got a Category A motorcycle licence

  • You can ride an unrestricted motorcycle or scooter of any engine size
  • You can now look into further training to improve your skills
  • Check out these motorcycle training books to enhance your riding skills