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Category AM (moped) – minimum age 16

  • Two-wheeled vehicle with a maximum design speed of 45 km/h (28 mph)
  • three- or four-wheeled vehicle with a maximum design speed over 25 km/h (15.5 mph), up to 50 cc and with a power output not exceeding 4 kW.

Category A1 – minimum age 17

  • motorcycles up to 125 cc, with a power output not exceeding 11 kW
  • tricycles with a power output not exceeding 15 kW.

Category A2 – minimum age 19

  • motorcycles with a power output not exceeding 35 kW.

Category A

  • unrestricted motorcycles with a power output over 35 kW (minimum age 24 under direct access, or 21 under progressive access)
  • tricycles with a power output over 15 kW (minimum age 21).
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WHAT CAN YOU RIDE ?

Your licence

As a motorcyclist, you may come across all kinds of obstacles. Getting your licence shouldn’t be one of them! Here we’ve listed the different kinds of licence available and what they offer you.

Front view of two Honda motorcycles.

What does it all mean?

AM licence – minimum age 16

  • A provisional licence that allows you to ride a 50cc moped, restricted to 28mph. If you hold a car driver’s licence, you can also ride a moped at this level.
  • You'll need to complete the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) test first, and while riding on the road you will need to display L-plates.
  • Once you’ve sat your theory and practical tests, you may discard your L-plates.
  • You cannot carry a passenger and are not allowed on motorways.

A1 licence – minimum age 17

  • The A1 licence allows you to ride a 125cc bike with L-plates.
  • Once you’ve completed the CBT and theory test, you can take the A1 practical test.
  • With an A1 licence you can ride a 125cc machine until you are 19 years of age.
  • You can carry a passenger and you can ride on motorways.

A2 licence – minimum age 19

  • The A2 licence allows you to ride a larger bike – up to 35kw maximum power output.
  • If you haven’t already done so, you will have to take your CBT and theory test (valid for two years).
  • You can ride with L-plates on a 125cc machine.

A licence – minimum age 21

  • The A licence allows you to ride a motorcycle of any CC rating. You can carry a passenger and you can ride on motorways.
  • Once you’ve passed your A2 licence, you will need to wait until you are 24 years of age before you can take your full category ‘A’ practical motorcycle test.

A licence – minimum age 24

  • At 24 years of age you will have to take your CBT if you haven’t already done so, and ride with L-Plates on a 125cc machine.
  • After this, you will need to take your theory test (valid for two years), and your practical test. When you have passed these, you will hold your full category ‘A’ licence.