What can you ride?

AM Licence-From age 16
Mopeds up to 50cc but not exceeding 28 mph

(Unless you passed your car license per 1st Feb 2001) in which case you are already entitled to ride a moped.

Required test

Minimum Age 16 – with L Plates

  • CBT

CBT valid for 2 years

Minimum Age 16 – Without L Plates

  • CBT
  • Theory
  • Practical

Does not expire after two years like a CBT.

A1 Licence from age 17
Motorcycles up to 125cc and 11kw (15bhp)

Required test

Minimum Age 17 – with L Plates

  • CBT

CBT valid for 2 years

Minimum Age 17 – Without L Plates

  • CBT
  • Theory
  • Practical

Does not expire after two years like a CBT.

A2 Licence-From age 19
Motorcycles up to 35kw (47bhp)

Required test

Minimum Age 19 – If passed A1 Licence

Practical

Practical test only if A1 Licence held for two years

Minimum Age 19 – DIRECT ACCESS

  • CBT
  • Theory
  • Practical
A Licence-From age 21
Motorcycles of any cc

Required test

Minimum Age 21 – If passed A2 Licence
•Practical

Plus 2 years riding experience on a full licence.

Minimum Age 24 – DIRECT ACCESS
•CBT
•Theory
•Practical

 

Bike categories, ages and licence requirements

 

Licence Category

Vehicles you can ride

Requirements for Licence

Minimum Age

AM

Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test on all powered 2-wheeled moped 16

AM

Small 3-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 Kilowatt) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16

AM

 Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16

Q

 Same as AM plus 2 or 3-wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h Granted with AM  16

A1

Small motorbikes up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical 17

A2

Medium motorbikes up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), bike mustn’t be derived from vehicle more than twice its power Direct access – theory and practical; staged access – 2 years experience on A1 motorbike and a further practical test  19

A

Motorbikes unlimited in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW Direct access – CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24 years old);Staged access route – held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years – practical test (21 or over)  24 (Direct) or
21 (Staged Access)