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What Licence Do You Need to Ride a Motorcycle?

The barriers in the way of you learning to ride a motorcycle aren’t as many as you might think. If you’re just considering getting your CBT Training (compulsory basic training), the riding schools will have all of the riding equipment that you need to get started - as long as you don’t mind wearing a jacket that’s usually a little oversized and a helmet that’s not always the latest fashion item!). After that you can be well on your way to getting a full motorcycle licence!

But the one thing that you will absolutely need before swinging your leg over a motorcycle is the correct licence.

If you’re new to riding or driving then you’ll most probably be familiar with a Provisional Licence.

Most people apply for one as a right of passage on their seventeenth birthday - because that’s the age you need to be to legally drive a car in the UK - but did you know that you can actually have a provisional licence at sixteen? This means that you could ride a scooter to school (as long as you have taken your CBT and have a set of learner plates (L-Plates).

Apply for provisional licence here

Motorcycle licence needed to ride a bike

The type of bikes that you can ride on a provisional licence in the UK are:

Age 16 (AM Licence): You can ride with L plates – on a moped or scooter with a quoted engine size of up to 50cc –and a max speed of (28 mph) 45 km/h.

Age 17 (A1 Licence): You can ride with L plates – on a moped, scooter or light motorcycle with a quoted engine size of up to 125cc (11 kW )

Check out our top bikes to ride on a CBT in 2018

Alongside the power/speed restrictions and the need to ride with L-Plates strapped to your bike, you also have two, pretty important restrictions to be aware of:

1. You must not ride on motorways


2 - You cannot carry passengers on the back (what people refer to as ‘riding pillion’).

But other than that, you’re good to go.

So how do you go about getting the licence?

To apply for your provisional licence simply click here

If you're looking to get onto two wheels but not sure where to start, why not take our getting started survey

Click here to start

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.