Terms & Conditions
If you obtained your full car licence before 1 February 2001 you are automatically entitled to ride a moped without L-plates (D-plates in Wales).
If you obtained a full car licence after 1 February 2001 you must first complete a CBT course and obtain a DL 196 certificate to validate your entitlement.
A moped is a motorcycle that has the following features:
- maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) (about 31 miles per hour (mph)
- an engine capacity no greater than 50 cc
- it can be moved by pedals, if the moped was first used before 1 September 1977
You must provide all of the following valid documents:
· Your driving licence with the correct provisional entitlement - both the photo card and counterpart document or a valid UK passport to support a paper licence
· Your compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate (DL196)
· Your motorcycle theory test certificate
You are free from having to give CBT and theory test certificates if you:
· Hold a full moped licence gained by passing a moped test or accelerated access after 1 December 1990, and wish to upgrade to a full motorcycle licence
· Already hold a full motorcycle licence and wish to upgrade it
Module one includes the following specified manoeuvres and generally takes around 20 minutes to complete:
· Wheeling the machine and using the stand
· Doing a slalom and figure of eight
· Cornering, hazard avoidance and controlled stop
· A slow ride
· The emergency stop
There is a minimum speed requirement of 50 kilometres per hour (approximately 32 miles per hour) for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises.
At the end of module one, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you passed, you’ll receive your module one pass certificate.
For module two you must produce your module one pass certificate, and all the documents that you had to present at the module one test. Module two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes.
This module includes the:
· Eyesight test
· Safety and balance questions
· Road riding element that will cover a variety of road and traffic conditions
· Independent riding
· You’ll be asked to carry out:
· Normal stops
· An angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
· A hill start (where possible)
The examiner will normally follow you on a motorcycle, using a radio to give you directions.
You can download a list of all the safety and balance questions you could be asked by the examiner.
At the end of module two, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you pass, the examiner will explain to you how to change your provisional licence into a full licence.
To pass the practical motorcycle test you need to pass its two separate modules within two years of passing your motorcycle theory test. Module one will test you doing set manoeuvres on the motorcycle in a safe off-road area. Module two is the on-road test.
You must use a suitable machine for the practical test that meets the minimum test vehicle requirements. You must use the same category of motorcycle for both modules.
Any vehicle you present for use in a motorcycle or moped riding test must by law meet minimum test vehicle standards. Vehicles that don't meet the minimum test requirements are not suitable for the purpose of taking a test, and your test may be cancelled.
The moped you use for your practical test must:
- have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cylinder capacity (cc), and a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) which is approximately equivalent to 32 miles per hour (mph)
- be equipped with pedals to be able to drive the moped forward, if the moped was used before 1 August 1977
If your motorcycle is less than 75 cc it is not acceptable for the practical motorcycle test.
If you pass your practical test on a motorcycle with automatic or semi-automatic transmission, this will be recorded on your licence. Your full licence entitlement will be restricted to motorcycles in this category.
category A1 (light motorcycle) - a solo motorcycle between 75 and 125 cc, with a power output not exceeding 11 kilowatts - passing your test on a machine in this category will enable you to ride machines up to 125 cc as a full licence holder
category A2 (standard motorcycle) - a solo motorcycle between 121 and 125 cc, capable of exceeding 100 kph (62.5 mph) - passing your test on a machine in this category will enable you to ride machines with a power output not exceeding 25 kilowatts (33 brake horse power) as a full licence holder for a period of two years; after the two year period the restriction will be automatically lifted and you may ride larger machines
category A (unrestricted) – a solo motorcycle with a power output of at least 35 kilowatts (46.6 brake horse power) - passing your test on a machine in this category under the Direct Access Scheme or Progressive Access Scheme will enable you to ride a motorcycle of any engine size and power output
You must use the same category of machine for both parts of the practical motorcycle test.
Machines similar to the BMW C1 motorcycle are not suitable for the practical test.
It is important to always wear the right clothing, during training, taking your tests and after you pass your test. Talk to your trainer about choosing the best clothing you can afford.
Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. It's not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Find out what independent driving is and how it will be assessed during your test.
The independent driving or riding section is included in the following practical driving tests:
- motorcycle module two
- large goods vehicle (LGV)
- passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) tests
- approved driving instructor (ADI) driving ability (sometimes called 'part two')
Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving.
During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following:
- traffic signs
- a series of directions
- a combination of both
To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.
It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.
Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you're going.
If you ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you.
If you go off the independent driving route it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault.
If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route. You can then continue with the independent driving.
If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign - you won't need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.
You can't use a sat nav for independent driving as it gives you turn-by-turn prompts. Independent driving tests how you make your own decisions.
Before you start to learn to drive, make sure you are aware of the eyesight requirements. If you need to wear glasses or corrective lenses to meet the requirements you must wear them every time you drive.
When applying for your driving licence you should let the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) know if you have any visual condition which affects:
- both eyes - not including short or long sight or colour blindness
- your sight - not including short or long sight or colour blindness - for example, if you have sight in one eye only
If you have had sight correction surgery you should declare this when you apply for your provisional licence.
You can search the medical conditions A to Z to see if you need to notify DVLA of your visual condition.
At the start of the practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to
read the number plate on a parked vehicle.
The distance requirement for the eyesight test is:
- 20 metres for vehicles displaying the new-style number plate
- 20.5 metres for vehicles displaying old-style number plates
If you can't read the first number plate correctly, you'll be asked to read
a second number plate.
If you can't read the second number plate correctly, you'll be allowed to walk
forward until you are just over the appropriate distance away. If you can't read
the second number plate correctly, the examiner will measure the distance to
a third number plate.
The third number plate will be at the measured distance - 20 or 20.5 metres - which
will depend upon whether it is a new or old style plate.
New-style number plates are easily identifiable starting with two letters
followed by two numbers, for example AB51 ABC.
If you can't speak English or have difficulty reading, you may copy
down what you see.
If you ring the customer service team at the DSA responsible for the theory test on: 0300 200 1188. They will be able to give you your Certificate number or they will send you a letter confirming that you passed
The 2 most important things you need to take to your driving test are the provisional licence and paper counterpart - without both of these, you won't be allowed to take a driving test.
If you have lost either, you will need to apply for a duplicate through the DVLA as soon as possible (a duplicate will cost £22).
The quickest way to apply for a duplicate is to ring the DVLA duplicate service on 0870 240 0009.
No you don't. You can start your driving lessons as soon as you have a provisional licence. Your theory test will help you with your knowledge of the road and any driving you do will help with your theory test.How soon after the Theory Test do I have to take the practical?
Your Theory Test Certificate is valid for 2 years.
You should arrive at the test centre in plenty of time. Once you have registered at reception you will go through to the test room. You may not take anything into the room with you; all personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.
Once you are in the test room you may not talk to or distract other candidates. The computer screen will display your name and the category of test you are taking.
If you have any problems during the theory test, you should raise your hand to attract the attention of the test invigilator.
You must bring the following items with you. If you do not, we may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.
- Both parts of your valid signed GB or NI (Northern Ireland) driving licence.
- If you have an old-style paper licence you must bring both your paper licence and a valid passport.
- Your appointment letter.
It depends when you took your test and which licence you have.
If you got your full motorbike licence before February 1st 2001 - you are exempt from taking the car Theory Test. If you got your licence after Feb 1st 2001 - you'll need to take a car Theory Test.
You will need to take a theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle,
for example, if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle licence you will need
to take a theory test.
If, however, if you wish to upgrade within a vehicle category you will not normally
need to take a theory test, for example, if you have a full automatic car licence
and you want a manual car licence you will not have to take a theory test
You can only hold a provisional moped licence if you are at least 16 years old. It entitles you to ride a moped on the road as a learner with L-plates (D-plates in Wales) but you must not carry a pillion passenger or go on a motorway.
Your provisional licence is only valid when you have the DL 196 certificate issued on completion of compulsory basic training (CBT) by an approved training body (ATB).
A CBT certificate obtained on a moped is also valid for motorcycles once the rider has reached the age of 17 years and has the necessary licence.
If you want to ride a moped on the road without displaying L-plates you must take and pass a theory and practical driving test.