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Driving licence category

Min age

What do I have to do to obtain a licence?

Notes

Moped – with a maximum speed of 25km/h to 45km/h

AM

16

Obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests

1, 2

Moped – small 3-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 kW)

AM

16

Obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests

1, 2

Light quadricycle – with an unladen mass not more than 350kg, not including the mass of the batteries in the case of electric vehicles, whose maximum speed is 25km/h to 45km/h

AM

16

Obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests

2

Motor vehicle with fewer than 4 wheels which, if propelled by an internal combustion engine, has a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc and, if not equipped with pedals by means of which it is capable of being propelled, has a maximum design speed not exceeding 25km/h.

Q

16

Obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests. Category is also granted with AM.

1, 2

Light motorcycle/tricycle – up to 11kW (and a power to weight ratio not more than 0.1kW/kg) and 125cc. Motor tricycles with a power not more than 15kW.

A1

17

Obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests. Category is also granted with AM. You can drive a motor tricycle of any power rating if you're over 21 and you have a full car driving licence.

1, 2

Standard motorcycle – up to 35kW, with a power to weight ration not exceeding 0.2kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle of mot than double its power.

A2

19

Direct access: obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests.

2, 3

Progressive access: 2 years experience onA1 motorcycle and then take A2 practical test

3

Unrestricted motorcycles/tricycles – with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with a power output over 15kW.

A

24

Direct access: obtain a provisional licence; pass CBT, theory test and practical tests.

2

21

Progressive access: 2 years experience onA2 motorcycle and then take A practical test

2

Notes:

  1. Unless you're physically disabled you can't take a practical test on a 3 wheeled vehicle – you'll need to pass on a 2 wheeled vehicle.
  2. Once you've passed your CBT you have two years to pass your theory test and practical tests or you'll have to take your CBT again.
  3. You can drive a motor tricycle of any power rating if you're over 21 and you have a full car driving licence.
  4. If the original power output of an unrestricted motorcycle is 70kW, it cannot be restricted to anything less than 35kW.

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