Category A Motorcycle Licence

Category A Motorcycle Licence




The Direct Access Scheme is designed to allow people to obtain their Full motorcycle licence or Category A licence. 

What can I ride with a full A licence?

The category A motorcycle licence allows you to ride large motorcycle or scooters this is often referred to as your full bike licence once obtained you can:

  • Ride any motorcycle with unrestricted power (BHP), weight or CC restriction
  • Carry a pillion passenger
  • Ride on motorways

You must be a minimum of 24 years or older, have already passed your CBT and DVSA theory test you must also have taken your MOD 1 and MOD 2 tests on a motorcycle that is at least 54bhp (40kw) is at least 595cc and that weights a minimum of 180 kgs.

What are the minimum requirements?

In order to take your full bike licence you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be the minimum age of 24.
  • Have already passed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)
  • Completed the DVSA motorcycle theory test
We recommend that you study the highway code and practice the questions as well as the hazard perception before doing your theory tests with the DVSA.

please note

If you want to train for your practical test (DAS), on an unrestricted bike, you can only do so if accompanied by a professionally qualified D.S.A. approved motorcycle instructor.

How do I get an A licence?

The Direct Access Route 

If you are aged 24 or older then the DAS route is a great way to obtain your licence, you will need to have passed your CBT, theory / hazard perception tests, before you can move to the MOD 1 & MOD 2 practical tests at one of the DVSA testing centres.

Progressive Route

If you have held an A2 licence for at lest two years then you are eligible, to upgrade to a full A licence by taking the MOD 1 & MOD 2 without taking your theory. 

This means you can take the test for an A licence at age 21 instead of age 24. 


Yes, You will need to take the the motorcycle theory test even if you have done a theory for a car licence already. The motorcycle theory test must be done prior to taking your training and practical tests.

You can book your theory test on the official DVSA website.

If you are a complete beginner and aged 24 or over we’d recommend that you start with the following: 

  • Attend our ride and try sessions 
  • If you enjoyed our ride and try session and wish to go on to the next stage we would encourage you to do your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)
  • Once you have done your CBT we are able to discuss the different options of training such as DAS (Direct Access Scheme) and be able to give an estimate on how much time you’ll need 

You can book your theory test online by visiting the web page.

It costs £23 to take your motorcycle theory test you can pay via direct debit. 

We recommend that you study the highway code and mock questions as well as the hazard perception.

Completing the A category (Full Bike Licence) allows you to ride any cc or kw power bike without any weight or BHP restrictions 

CBT - From £129

First Time - Why not do a Ride & Try?

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