The different types of Full Licence

New government laws were introduced on 19th January 2013. We have created this guide to make the new licences types easier to understand:

1. Licence name: “A” – Large motorcycle any size, any power

To be elegible to apply for this licence, you will need to be at least 24 years of age. If you are under 24, but held an A2 Licence for at least 2 years, you can also apply for the “A” licence.

You must take the motorcycle practical test on a motorcycle (without side car) which must be at least 595cc with a power output of at least 40kw (53.6bhp).

You must complete a CBT (which you can do as part of an intensive course) and a motorcycle theory before taking this test.

We will provide you a bike, equipment and instruction.

On passing – you will be able to ride any motorcycle, any power, no restrictions.

2. Licence name: “A2” – Medium power motorcycle up to 46Bhp

To be elegible to apply for this licence, you will need to be at least 19 years of age.

You must take the motorcycle test on a motorcycle (without side car) with an engine of at least 395cc with a power output between 25 and 35 kW (33bhp and 46.6 bhp).

We will provide you a bike, equipment and instruction.

You must complete a CBT (which you can do as part of an intensive course) and a motorcycle theory before taking this test.

On passing – you can ride any motorcycle up to 46Bhp. There many bikes that produce upto 46Bhp in the market. But you can also restrict any motorcycle to 46Bhp, as long as the original power output was not over 93.2Bhp.

There are no longer automatic upgrades of licences – if you wish to move up to a full (A) licence you will need to retake the module 1 and 2 tests on an unrestricted 600cc bike when you have reached the age of 24 or held the A2 licence for 2 years.

3. Licence name: “A1” – Light motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc (14.6bhp)

To be elegible to apply for this licence, you will need to be at least 17 years of age.

You must the motorcycle test on a motorcycle (without side car) with an engine of at least 120cc and no more than 125cc, with a power output up to11kw (14.6bhp) and capable of at least 90km/h (55mph).

When you pass, you can ride any motorbike or scooter up to 125cc without L plates and carry a pillion.

4. Licence name: “AM” – Moped up to 50cc

If you are 16, you can take the motorcycle test on a moped to gain an AM moped licence.