Are you new to motorcycling?
If so, the chances are you’ll find the answer to your question on this page.
There’s no such thing as a silly question
If you’re just starting out on your biking career, the chances are you have a number of questions that you want answering to give you a clearer idea of what to expect. If you’ve thought of a question to ask, you can guarantee that someone else has thought of it too.
For your convenience we have assembled a list of our most frequently asked questions, where you can find the answers you need, quickly and simply.
When do I have to take the theory test?
From 1 February 2001 all provisional motorcycle licence holders must pass a theory test before they can book the practical test, even if they hold a full licence in another group. Before this date holders of a full car licence were exempt from the theory test requirement when seeking to gain a licence for the other category of vehicle – i.e. a car driver only needed to take a practical motorcycle test. (The reciprocal situation exists – a holder of a full motorcycle licence will have to take a car theory test.).
The exemption from the motorcycle theory test will remain for those persons who gained a full moped licence (not those who have a full moped licence by virtue of having passed the car test) by taking a moped theory and practical test – the moped and motorcycle theory tests are the same.
The theory test pass certificate has a life of 2 years, after which it will be necessary to take the test again before taking a practical driving test.
How can I find out about the theory test?
You can find out where your local centre is from:
Your Approved Driving Instructor
A DVSA or DVTA driving test centre
The telephone information line 0870 0101 372
The test paper is available in the following languages:
• Welsh (in Wales)
What is CBT all about?
If you are still riding on a provisional licence without a CBT certificate, you MUST stop riding and take CBT to validate your licence. Note: you do not need to take CBT if you have passed a full moped test, or if you live and ride on specified offshore islands.
I already have a CBT certificate from my year on a moped. Is it valid for my new 125?
I thought my CBT certificate was valid for three years?
What can I ride as a learner rider?
Can I ride a 50cc scooter on a car licence?
What is a moped?
• Has an engine under 50cc
• Has a maximum design speed not exceeding 30 mph
• Doesn’t weigh more than 250 kg
• Can be moved by pedals if registered BEFORE 1 August 1977
• Any scooter, which meets the above criteria, is a moped
How do I know if I have a provisional motorcycle licence?
• Provisional driving licence with motorcycle entitlement
• Full car licence – this automatically provides provisional motorcycle entitlement
• Full moped licence – this automatically provides provisional motorcycle entitlement if you’re aged 17 or over
Note: if you have applied for a provisional CAR licence, don’t forget that the motorcycle entitlement needs to be applied for separately.
What can I ride on a provisional motorcycle licence?
You must not:
• Carry a pillion passenger
• Ride without L plates (or D plates in Wales)