If you already hold a full motorbike category on a foreign driving licence you may ride that category of motorbike in the UK.
- for the lifetime of your licence, until the age of 70, only if the licence was issued in EU or EEA (but not if that EU/EEA licence was first exchanged for an EU licence from another foreign country).
- for the 12 months after becoming resident if your licence was issued in a designated country*. You must then exchange it for a UK licence to continue riding.
- for the 12 months after becoming resident if your licence was issued in any other country. After 12 months you must apply for a UK provisional licence and then take and pass all motorbike theory and practical tests (and any other category of vehicle you wish to drive).
If you do not have a full motorbike category on your foreign driving licence and want to learn to ride a motorbike in the UK you must first exchange it for a UK licence with provisional motorcycle entitlement added before you can undertake any training (CBT or DAS). This is done by filling in form D9 and submitting to the DVLA. The D9 can be found here. Make sure you tick the following boxes in section 1 or the DVLA will reject the application.
- First application to register your licence.
- Motorcycles – Category A.
*Designated countries are;
Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Andorra, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.