Do I need to take a motorbike theory test if I have a full UK driver’s licence?
Yes, you always need to take and pass a motorbike theory test before taking the full motorbike practical test, irrespective of whether you have a full driving licence or not.
When can I take the theory test?
If you are planning to ride a 50cc moped when you are 16 you can take the theory test from your 16th birthday onwards.
However, if you are planning to learn to ride a motorbike you can take the test from your 17th birthday onwards.
You do not have to take your theory test before you have completed the CBT, but you can if you wish to.
Where can I take it and what do I need to take with me?
When you book your theory test one of the steps you will be taken through will prompt you to type in your postcode and will show you the nearest test centres to you.
You must take your UK photocard driving licence with you to your test. If you do not have it with you, you will not be able to take the test – no exceptions. If you have a licence from Northern Ireland you will need to bring the photocard and paper counterpart licence and if you have a paper licence you will need to bring a valid passport as well as your paper licence.
What does the test consist of?
The theory test involves two parts to the test:
- A multiple-choice section – 50 multiple-choice questions to answer.
- A hazard perception section – a video test about spotting hazards on the road.
You book and take them as a single test. You have to pass both parts to pass the test within an hour.
How do I book my theory test and how much does it cost?
You can book your theory test online by visiting gov.uk’s page on theory test booking.
It costs £23 to take your motorbike theory test, you will have to pay by card and will be prompted to do so when you book.
What are the theory test pass marks?
You will need to pass both parts of the tests to pass your theory test.
- A multiple-choice section – Pass mark is 43 out of 50.
- A hazard perception section – Pass mark is 44 out of 75.
You will find out your result immediately after your test. If you pass you will be given a letter with a pass certificate number at the test centre.
You need this when you book and take your motorcycle test.
REMEMBER: This pass certificate number will last for only two years, meaning you will need to pass both modules of the motorcycle practical test in that time, otherwise you’ll have to take the theory test again.