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Motorcycle Theory Test FAQs

Everybody since February 2001 has to pass a motorcycle theory test. Even if you have held a full car licence for many years, you will still need to take and pass a motorcycle theory test.

The only exceptions to this rule are holders of bike licences who want to upgrade within the same category.

To arrange a theory test, please contact the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on 0300 200 11 22 or book online.

You will need to take the following items with you to the test centre.

  • Your appointment letter
  • Your UK licence
  • If you have an old-style paper licence you must take both your paper licence and a valid passport

If you do not take the correct documents with you on the day, you will not be able to take your test and you will lose your fee. 

If you do not hold any licence, licence applications forms can be collected from larger Post Offices (form D1) or ordered from DVLA (the UK licensing authority) via telephone on 0300 790 6801, or alternatively you can order one online by clicking here.

If you hold an EU licence but do not have a UK counterpart (D91) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (under additional UK provisional entitlement), then you will need to telephone the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and ask them for a D9 form.

If your licence is from outside the EU and you are able to swap it to a UK licence then you will need form D1.

For all fee information and a wealth of other licensing information please visit the GOV.uk site here or call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801. 

To book a motorcycle theory test, you will need to contact the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on 0300 200 11 22 or alternatively, you can book online.

You will need to have your driving licence number from your licence and a method of payment.

The theory test certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue.

In short, yes. The motorcycle and car theory tests are different. The difference is in the multiple-choice part of the test where ten percent of the questions on the motorcycle theory test are specifically motorcycle related. The hazard perception part is the same for both.

You can search for your closest theory test centre on the following page of the Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/find-theory-test-centre

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