Use this guide to help you choose which course you need. You can download a copy of this guide by clicking here.
- You have a new provisional licence and have never ridden before.
Before you can lawfully ride on the public highway, you must take the full CBT course.
- You have been riding a bike with automatic gears, for example, a scooter, and you are now changing to a bike with manual gears.
You must do the full CBT course.
- You have renewed your provisional licence in the same category as your previous licence without a break.
You must take the Direct Access (DA) course, within one month of the start date of your new licence, unless you have changed the type of bike you are using from an automatic (e.g. scooter) to a geared bike and in which case you must do the full CBT course.
- You have renewed your provisional licence in a different category to your previous licence (with or without a break) or…
You have a new provisional licence in the same category as your previous licence, but there has been a break of at least one year.
You may take the shortened, Direct Access (‘DA’) course unless you have changed the type of bike you are using from an automatic (e.g. scooter) to a geared bike and in which case you must do the full CBT course.
- You have a new provisional licence in category ‘A’ but have held a full ‘A1’ category licence for at least one year.
You do not need to do a CBT course; however, you will need to undertake a Direct Access.
- You let your provisional license lapse but have renewed it.
If you completed CBT or Direct Access less than 5 years and intend to ride the same class, automatic or geared, then you will need to book a Direct Access. If you are changing from auto to geared or it has been over 5 years since the last assessment, you will need to complete CBT.
- You have a full car driving license, can you ride a motorbike or scooter?
A full B or higher category or license may entitle you to ride a 50cc or equivalent electric scooter if it includes the letter ‘p’ in section 9 of your plastic license card. If you want to ride a higher-capacity bike, then you will need to apply for a provisional license and a complete CBT.
- You are a car driver with a full license and used to ride bikes in the past.
Carefully check your full license for the categories in section nine. If it does not show A or A1 and only shows ‘p’, then refer to section 7 above.
- You are about to take your practical driving test and would benefit from one or two hours of refresher training.
GMTS offer test prep training, which is ideal if you are about to take your practical driving test, details can be found here.
These notes are for guidance only and should not be regarded as an interpretation of the law. You can download a copy of these guidance notes by clicking here.
Details of the cost of your course can be found here.
When booking your course, please carefully read all the details about the courses beforehand.