Bike categories, ages and licence requirements

Licence category

Vehicles you can ride
Requirements for licence
Minimum age

AM
Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h
Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test on all powered 2-wheeled moped
16

AM
Small 3-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 kW)
CBT, theory test, practical test
16

AM
Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h)
CBT, theory test, practical test
16

Q
Same as AM plus 2 or 3-wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h
Granted with AM
16

A1
Light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc
CBT, theory test, practical test
17

A1
Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW
CBT, theory test, practical test
17

A2
Standard motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), bike must not be derived from vehicle more than twice its power
Direct access route – theory and practical

Progressive access route – 2 years experience on A1 motorbike and a further practical test
19

A
Unrestricted motorcycles in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW
Direct access route – CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24)

Progressive access route – held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years – practical test (21 or over)
24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access)