Once you have held a valid Category A1 Light Motorcycle Licence for at least 2 years the Staged Access Scheme allows you to do an intensive course to obtain your Category A2 Medium Motorcycle Licence which enables you to ride any motorcycle up to 35 kW engine output power without L-plates on public roads.

​Motorcycles used for this course must have an engine capacity of at least 395cc with engine output power between 20kW and 35kW.

SAS courses are normally conducted over a period of 2 to 3 days but this depends on your experience and ability. It can also be split up over a longer period of time if it is more convenient for you - for example if you are only free on weekends or on certain days of the week.

The course will prepare you for the DVSA's two part Practical Motorcycle Test. Once you  have passed the Practical Motorcycle Test you will  be able to ride any motorcycle with engine output power up to 35kW without L-plates on any public road including motorways.

The flowchart on the right explains the requirements in more detail.
Are you eligible to enroll?

You must be at least 19 years old and have held a valid Category A1 Light Motorcycle Licence for more than 2 years to take the Staged Access Scheme course. There is no need to do the Motorcycle Theory Test or CBT again.

Once you have passed the Practical Motorcycle Test you will be issued with a Category A2 Medium Motorcycle Licence.

I passed the Practical Tests - what are my options now?

You now have the following options:

● Keep riding a Motorcycle of up to 35kw (46.6 bhp).

● After 2 years you can enroll in a Progressive Access Scheme course to take your Category A Full Motorcycle Test which will allow you to ride any motorcycle you like.​

19 or older?

... and you have held a valid Category A1 Light Motorcycle Licence for more than 2 years.

Two Part Practical Motorcycle Test.

The motorcycle used for both tests must have an engine capacity larger than 395cc and engine output power must be between 20kW and 35kW.

Module 1 is an off-road test normally conducted on the DVSA's Motorcycle Manoeuvring Area (MMA).

Module 2 is an on-road test on public roads.

You must pass the Module 1 Test before you can take the Module 2 Test.

A2 Medium Motorcycle Licence.

You can now ride any motorcycle not exceeding 35kW (46.6 bhp) without L-plates and you can carry a pillion passenger.