There are three main categories of motorcycle licence, which are the A1 Licence, A2 Licence, and the full A Licence. There is also an AM licence category for scooters and mopeds. These three new motorcycle licence categories are mostly based on the rider's age, with a strict time limit in place, wthin which the rider must pass the related test , or re-apply for the motorcycle licence in that category.
The rules ensure that all riders make progress through the different motorcycle licences, spending a minimum of two years within the 'A2' and 'A1' licence categories before being allowed to take the test for the full and unlimited 'A' licence.
The UK also operates a 'Direct Access', also known as DAS, route that allows riders of at least 24 years of age to move straight passed the 'A1' and 'A2' licences, and go directly for the full 'A' licence.