In this article we take a close look at the AM bike licence.
This is the lowest-possible category of motorcycle you can apply to ride.
Firstly, we’ll explore how to get the license, and the laws and regulations that govern the AM motorcycle license, which is usually the first stop for younger riders on their way to two-wheeled freedom.
Then, we’ll look into training options and potential costs.
Finally, we can look at what kind of bikes it’s possible to ride on an AM license, and all you need to know about getting on the road.
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What is the AM license?
The AM category license is specifically for mopeds and scooters, and allows you to ride a vehicle up to 50cc, with a maximum speed of 45km/h (28mph).
In most cases, you need to complete your CBT before you can qualify for the AM license.
If you passed your driving test after 1 February 2001, you’ll need to do your CBT before being able to legally ride any moped or motorbike.
However, if you passed your driving test before 1 February 2001 you can legally ride a moped (up to 50cc) with no L plates, without taking a CBT.
This won’t be relevant to most, but you also don’t need to do a CBT if you completed your moped test (which no longer exists) after December 1 1990, or live and ride on some offshore islands.
How do you get your AM license?
If you’re 16, you’ll need to complete your CBT, then book a theory test and complete two practical tests – Module 1, which covers manoeuvres and takes place at a testing centre, and Module 2, which is a road-riding test.
How much does the AM license cost?
Anyone over 15 years and nine months can get their provisional driving license, which you need to start your journey – it’s simply a matter of applying online, it costs £34.
You won’t need to do this if you’re older and have your full driving license already.
Then, you’ll need to complete your CBT, which usually costs around £100-£125 for a one-day course.
After that, you’ll complete the Module 1 and Module 2 sections, generally under guidance from a motorcycle school near you.
The costs for the different tests are as follows:
|Test Type||Weekdays||Weekends\Bank Holidays|
|Module 1 motorcycle test (off-road)||£15.50||£15.50|
|Module 2 motorcycle test (on-road)||£75||£88.50|
|Extended test for disqualified riders (on-road)||£150||£177|
Benefits and downsides
The AM license is really only useful if your motorcycling needs are extremely minimal.
It’s to get the very young on two supremely-underpowered wheels, or allow people who are a little older a different mode of transport if they so wish.
However, once you have your AM license you don’t need to retake your CBT every two years, and you’ll be able to carry pillion passengers . You can also remove the L plates.
On the negative side, it does mean you’re restricted to bikes up to 50cc, and if you want to upgrade to a bigger bike you’ll have to re-take the tests on a more powerful machine.
- Read more about the A1 licence
- Read more about the A2 licence
- Read more about the Direct Access licence
I’ve got my AM license – what exactly can I ride?
If you’re 16 and over and have your AM license, you can ride:
- Mopeds with a maximum speed of 28mph
- Small three-wheelers up to 50cc and below 4kw
- Light quadricycles under 350kg in weight, with a top speed of 28mph
- With no L-plates
- With a pillion passenger
Read our guide to the best motorcycles for 16 year olds.
If you’ve got an AM license and want to get on the road, here are a few of our top picks:
Peugot’s iconic Speedfight has been getting riders on two wheels for generations, and the Speedfight 4 50 4T has a sleek look and zippy performance for £2499.
Kisbee 50 4T
Something a bit more sedate, but still keeping Peugot’s build quality is the Kisbee 50 4T, which can fit a full helmet under the seat, from just £1649.
Want an Aprilia, but can’t quite manage a 1000hp superbike? The SR 50 R GP Replica could be for you. It’s got a racy paintjob, and sells for around £2500.
Is the Vespa the most iconic two-wheeled vehicle ever? Opinions may vary, but the Primavera 50 4T3V will make you feel as if you’re traversing the piazzas of Rome, and not Rotherham, from £3399.