Full Licence Courses


Anyone wishing to obtain a full motorcycle licence must also pass the theory test and have a valid CBT certificate. Under the New Rules implemented on 19 January 2013 age and motorcycle sizes have been changed. A test and age table to help follow new rules. The New Rules are:


Category A1 (small motorcycles up to 125 cc)


Age: 17 Years or more

Category A1 covers small bikes with:

a cylinder capacity not more than 125 cc

power output not more than 11 kW (14.6 BHP) and a power to weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg

motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW

The minimum age limit for category A1 will still be 17 years.



Category A2 or Restricted Licence



The minimum age for category A2 is 19 years

Category A2 covers medium sized bikes, with or without a sidecar, which have:

Minimum engine size 395cc with

an engine power output not more than 35 kW or 47bhp

a power to weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg - the bike must also not be derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.

There are 2 routes for persons wishing to obtain a category A2 licence.

Direct Access

You will be required to be 19 or older and will have to pass the theory and practical tests

Staged Access

You will have to be 19 or older and have 2 years experiance with a category A1. You will need to pass the practical tests.



Category A or DAS Course (full power machines)



24 Years or more (or a min of 2 years with a full A2)

Category A covers machines unlimited in size (minimum 595cc) and power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with a power output of more than 40kW or 53bhp.

If you don't have two years' experience, you'll have to be aged 24 years or over. You'll also need to pass the theory and practical tests or

Staged access

You can get this category from age 21 if you have two years' experience on an A2 motorcycle and you pass a further practical test.



Accelerated or Staged Access


You must already have a full licence and are upgrading to a larger machine. 

You must have held the licence for the minimum time and comply with the upgrade rules.

You revert to 'L' status for the training and testing sessions. On passing the required tests you can upgrade to the larger machine, if not you can continue to ride on the full catergory already obtained.




You'll need to follow the same rules if you want to ride a tricycle that falls within these categories.

Please note that tests for mopeds with three or four wheels, A1 tricycles and A tricycles will only be offered to the physically disabled.


The length of the course is variable depending on ability and experiance