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Full Motorcycle Licence in Swansea

How to get a motorcycle licence?

Below is a guide. It can be confusing so if in any doubt feel free to give us a call and we will give it some clarity for you!


Remember, there are 2 'Modules' to complete in order to obtain your full licence!



Motorcycle licence requirements


If you have a provisional motorcycle licence, you MUST satisfactorily complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course. You can then ride a motorcycle up to 125 cc with a power output not exceeding 11 kW on the public road, with L plates (in Wales either D plates, L plates or both can be used), for up to two years. Under direct access you can practice on a motorcycle that exceeds 125 cc provided that:

  • you meet the minimum age for the category concerned
  • you’re accompanied at all times by a DSA qualified approved trainer, who is on another motorcycle and in radio contact with you
  • fluorescent or reflective safety clothing is worn during supervision
  • red L plates (D plates in Wales) are fitted and provisional licence restrictions followed.

To obtain your full motorcycle licence you MUST pass a motorcycle theory test and then a practical test.
Law MV(DL)R regs 16 & 68

A1 motorcycle licence: At age 17 or over, you take a test on a motorcycle without sidecar of between 120 and 125 cc. If you pass you may ride a motorcycle up to 125 cc with power output up to 11 kW, or a motor tricycle with power not exceeding 15 kW.

A2 motorcycle licence: At age 19 or over, you take a test on a motorcycle without sidecar of at least 395 cc with a power output of at least 25 kW but not exceeding 35 kW. If you pass, you may ride any motorcycle not exceeding 35 kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg.

Full A motorcycle licence: Test taken on a motorcycle without sidecar, of at least 595 cc and an engine power of at least 40 kW. This gives you full access to all motorcycles and motor tricycles. You obtain a category A licence by taking progressive access from age 21, or under the direct access scheme from age 24.

Category A under progressive access: You can take a category A practical test at age 21 if you already have an A2 licence that you’ve held for a minimum of two years. You don’t need to take another theory test or hold a CBT certificate.

Category A under direct access: This is for riders aged 24 or over. To obtain a category A licence you must

  • successfully complete a CBT course
  • pass the motorcycle theory test
  • pass the practical motorcycle test.

Passing the practical test on a motorcycle of at least 40 kW (53.6bhp) gives immediate access to all sizes of motorcycle.

You MUST NOT carry a pillion passenger or pull a trailer until you have passed your test.

Moped licence requirements

A moped MUST have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc, not weigh more than 250kg and be designed to have a maximum speed not exceeding 28mph (45 km/h). Before June 2003 a licence allowed the riding of mopeds up to 50km/h.

To ride a moped, learners MUST

  • be 16 or over
  • have a provisional moped licence
  • complete CBT training.

You MUST first pass the theory test for motorcycles and then the moped practical test to obtain your full moped licence. If you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001 you are qualified to ride a moped without L plates (and/or D plates in Wales), although it is recommended that you complete CBT before riding on the road. If you passed your car driving test after this date you MUST complete CBT before riding a moped on the road. Laws RTA 1988 sects 97(e) & 101 & MV(DL)R regs 38(4) & 43

Motorcycle Theory Test in Swansea

Motorcycle Theory Test in SwanseaThe quickest and easiest way to book your motorcycle theory driving test is to use the online booking service.

What you will need To book your theory driving test online you need:

  • Your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
  • Your credit or debit card details


Read more: Motorcycle Theory Test in Swansea

Compulsory Basic Training in Swansea

Swansea Basic Motocycle Training (CBT)
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Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. CBT must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates, or D-plates in Wales.
CBT is a training course normally completed in one day, consisting of 5 Elements covering both practical and theory sessions. Upon completion a CBT Certificate will be issued which is valid for two years.
S.M.A.R.T. CBT Cost: Only £99 All inclusive!
This price includes bike hire, use of helmet & clothing if you don't have your own, fuel, insurance etc'.
(There are NO hidden additional charges. The price is all inclusive).

Read more: Compulsory Basic Training in Swansea