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Category A license

#1 Post by Jcochr » Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:28 am

Hi,

I have an old license from 1989 and it states that I have a category A motorcycle license and an AM but no A1 or A2.

Does this mean I can ride any bike? This web seems to have inconsistent info.

Thanks

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Re: Category A license

#2 Post by Stu » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:01 am

Hi and welcome to the forum

No it means you have a moped licence :thumb:
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Re: Category A license

#3 Post by S-Westerly » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:52 am

If the back of your licence gives a valid date for classes AM and A you can ride any bike provided under column 12 there are no qualifiers. If there are then you can only ride a larger bike for instruction purposes Assuming you have taken some kind of motorbike test in the past you will not have necessarily gone through the A1, A2 route so won't have those on your licence. The DVSA website (I think) gives info.

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Re: Category A license

#4 Post by mikestrivens » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:57 am

^^^^^
as above

My licence has dates for AM and A but no A1 or A2 because I never did those as I did a DAS in 1998.

So if yours is the same you can ride any bike, assuming there is nothing in column 12.
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Re: Category A license

#5 Post by Joeman » Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:18 pm

Jcochr wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:28 am
Hi,

I have an old license from 1989 and it states that I have a category A motorcycle license and an AM but no A1 or A2.

Does this mean I can ride any bike? This web seems to have inconsistent info.

Thanks
Did you take a motorcycle test??
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Re: Category A license

#6 Post by rennie » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:52 pm

Hello and Welcome :D
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Re: Category A license

#7 Post by Stu » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:38 pm

Jcochr wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:28 am
Hi,

I have an old license from 1989 and it states that I have a category A motorcycle license and an AM but no A1 or A2.

Does this mean I can ride any bike? This web seems to have inconsistent info.

Thanks
I have just re read this and I missed the category A :oops:

so yes as above providing you don't have any codes next to it restricting you to tricycles etc!

The best way is just to post a pic of the back of your licence
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Re: Category A license

#8 Post by lalabel » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:20 am

Check it out on the dvla website. The back of my licence was fairly misleading and even the guys in the showroom agreed that it could easily be mistaken as a full cat A licence when in fact it had conditions attached.

You can do it here: https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

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Re: Category A license

#9 Post by Gingerkid » Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:06 pm

Hi all new to the fourm, I've just changed address on my license and got it back with a category A on, it's only a provisional license but I have a valid to and valid from date and no codes on it I have done a CBT and about a year ago have they made a mistake or am I understanding it wrong ? I've been onto the DVLA website and checked what vehicles aloud to drive and it says this

You can drive a motorcycle of a power exceeding 35kW or with a power to weight ratio exceeding 0.2kW per kg, or A motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and derived from a vehicle of more than double its power. A motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW