How to get your Full Motorbike Licence

Information about full motorbike licences can be very confusing... so here at RideTo we have broken it down into simple steps so you can find out how to get your full motorcycle Licence in the UK.


The first step is to pass your theory test and motorcycle hazard perception test - these are taken together as part of the same test, you have to pass both parts to pass the test.

You will need to book an appointment on the Governments Website to complete the test. They also have a useful tool for finding local test centres in your area.

Part 1: Motorcycle Theory Test

You will have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. This is plenty of time so don’t rush, take a breath and flag any questions you’re not sure about. You can also flick back to any previous question at any point. You will need to score 43 out of 50 to pass.

Part 2: Hazard Perception Test

This is a 15-minute test where you will watch 15 video clips and you will need to click as soon as you spot a hazard appearing. You can score a maximum of 5 points for each developing hazard, you score higher the quicker you respond to seeing the hazard. Although you can't lose points if you click and get it wrong, you won’t score if you continuously click in a repetitive pattern.


The next step is to complete your full licence training - also known as a DAS (Direct Access Scheme). A full licence course consists of the time it takes to actually learn to ride a motorcycle as well as the 2 actual tests. These are called modules.

Module 1 - Maneuvers

Off road riding; learning the test exercises such as riding in a figure of 8, emergency stop and turn in the road.

Module 2 - Road Riding Skills

On-road test, similar to the car driving test. You'll ride through a variety of road conditions under assessment from an examiner following on a motorcycle.

Depending on your age you could still experience some restrictions on what bike you can ride...

Age 16: AM Licence, restricted to ride up to 50cc Moped

Age 17-18: A1 Licence, restricted to ride up to a 125cc Scooter or Motorbike

Age 19-23: A2 Licence, restricted to ride up to a 35kw Motorbike

Age 24+: A Licence, no restrictions!


Each instructor tailors their training based on the needs of the student. However when booking a course, you will usually have a choice of 3 training packages.

Introduction Course - 16 Hours/ 2 Sessions

2 days of training without tests - perfect for a new rider looking to start their learning without committing to test dates.

Intermediate Rider Course - 40 Hours / 5 Sessions

5 days of training to learn and take both module 1 and 2 tests. Suitable for riders with lots of experience riding on a CBT licence.

Experienced Rider Course - 32 Hours / 4 Sessions

4 Days of training to learn and take both module 1 and 2 tests. Suitable for experienced riders only.

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.