1. Booking your test

You need to have a provisional motorcycle licence to book your theory test.

There are 2 parts to the test:

You book and take them as a single test. You have to pass both parts to pass the test.

When you can take the theory test

You can take the theory test from your:

  • 16th birthday onwards if you’re learning to ride a moped (no more than 50cc)
  • 17th birthday onwards if you’re learning to ride a motorcycle

You can take the theory test before or after you’ve taken compulsory basic training (CBT).

Who needs to take the theory test

You usually need to have passed a motorcycle theory test before you take the motorcycle test.

Find out which motorcycles you can ride and which tests you need to take.

You don’t need to take the theory test if you passed a moped test after 1 July 1996 and want to either:

  • take the motorcycle test on a category A1 small motorcycle
  • upgrade your motorcycle licence under the ‘progressive access’ (also known as ‘staged access’) rules

If you have a car licence

You have to pass a motorcycle theory test before taking the motorcycle test.

If your licence isn’t from Great Britain

Find out if you can drive in Great Britain (GB) with your non-GB licence without taking a theory and driving test.

Change or check your test details

You can change the date of your theory test after you’ve booked it.

You can check your appointment details if you’ve lost your booking confirmation.

Rebook your test

Rebook your theory test if you failed your test and want to resit it. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days away.