There are different rules if you held a motorcycle or moped licence before 19 January 2013.
You must take and pass the theory and motorcycle tests in 2 years. If you don’t pass both parts of your practical test within 2 years of taking theory test, then you’ll have to start the process again.
Check what vehicles you can drive and the training you’ll need.
There are different categories of motorbike - you’ll need to get the right entitlement on your licence and be old enough to do so.
The way moped entitlements are shown on your licence have changed, but you still need to be 16 to ride one.
The rules are different if you already have a car driving licence.
Provisional category B car licences and provisional category A licences now only cover you to ride motor tricycles if you have a physical disability. Driving tests for 3-wheeled vehicles are only available for physically disabled drivers.
If you’re not physically disabled and want to ride a motor tricycle you’ll now need to get the right provisional entitlement and pass CBT.
You can drive a motor tricycle of any power rating if both of the following are true:
- you’re over 21
- you have a full car driving licence
You’ll need a full category A1 motorbike licence to ride motor tricycles up to power output 15 Kilowatts (kW), and a full category A motorbike licence to ride trikes with a power output more than 15 kW.
Once you’ve done your CBT you have 2 years to pass your theory and motorcycle tests or you’ll have to do CBT again.
Learning to ride
You need to have the right provisional driving licence when you’re learning to ride.
If you’re using your own vehicle you’ll need to make sure it:
- has a valid V5C registration certificate (log book)
- is taxed
- has an MOT (if needed)
You’ll also need adequate motor insurance.
Official Driving Standards Agency (DSA) guides
Taking the full motorcycle tests
Enhanced rider scheme
Once you’ve passed your motorcycle test you can take the enhanced rider scheme. It checks your riding skills and provides training to help you improve. You can get discounts on motorbike insurance if you successfully complete the scheme.
Read DVLA’s Routes to your motorcycle licence flowchart for step-by-step instructions on how to get a moped or motorbike licence.