The first stage on the road to becoming a
holder of a full UK motorcycle licence is to acquire
provisional entitlement for the vehicle you want to drive. In
this case you can either apply for
category A1 – a light motorcycles with a cubic
capacity not exceeding 125cc and a power output not
exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp))
or category A - Motorcycles up to 25kW(33bhp) and a
power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW / kg.
Motorcycle combination with a power to weight ratio
not exceeding 0.16kW / kg.
You must be at least 17 years of age to acquire
a provisional licence for a motorcycle (16 years for a moped –
category "P"). If you hold a full car licence or a full moped
licence this usually provides provisional motorcycle
entitlement – check your licence for the specific category.
Otherwise, you need to acquire application form D1 (previously
called a D750) from your local post office. Once you have
completed the form you will also need to include
the appropriate fee (hyperlink pop up here)
documentation to confirm your identity (click here
for further details) (hyperlink pop up here)
and a passport type colour photograph of yourself.
The photograph must meet certain criteria and may
have to be signed on the reverse by a suitable
person (click here for further details) (hyperlink
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When you have all the necessary items forward
them to the DVLA to the appropriate address shown on the
You must allow up to 3 weeks for the DVLA to
process your application and, if this is your first application
for a licence, you are not allowed to ride until you receive
your provisional licence and it comes into effect.