Before you can legally ride a motorcycle or moped on the road, you must:
- be over 16 years of age to ride a moped
- be over 17 years of age to ride a light motorcycle
- be over 18 years of age to ride a heavy motorcycle
- complete the compulsory basic training (CBT) course
- get a provisional licence
Attending and completing the CBT course
The CBT course is not an exam. It is a course of training that you are required to complete satisfactorily. You must complete the course even if you already have a CBT certificate from the UK or Guernsey.
The course is conducted at weekends by the Jersey School of Motorcycling. You can book a course by completing an application form. These are available from:
- parish halls
- all motorcycle dealers
- using the link below
Compulsory basic training (CBT)
Jersey School of Motorcycling website
Getting a provisional licence
You must apply for your provisional licence at your local parish hall. You will need:
- to complete an application form (available from the parish hall)
- 1 passport sized photograph
- the licence fee £20
The provisional licence is available for the following categories of vehicle:
- moped (P)
- light motorcycle (A1)
- heavy motorcycle (A)
If you are applying for categories P or A1 your provisional licence will not be valid until you have successfully completed the CBT course.
If you are applying for category A, you must have held a full licence for category A1 for at least 12 months. Also, if your application is following a period of disqualification, you will require a CBT certificate before you are entitled to ride on the road.
Your provisional licence is valid for six months from the date of issue. You must attempt a driving test before your provisional licence expires or you may not be able to renew it for one year (this will also affect any application for a car licence).
Riding on the road as a learner rider
When you have completed the CBT course and have your provisional licence, you are able to ride on the road.
When riding on the road, you should make sure that you have:
- your provisional licence
- your CBT Certificate
- a valid insurance disc displayed on the vehicle
- an 'L' learner plate integrally displayed as part of the rear number plate
- fully operational direction indicators
- a brake light that operates with the front brake and the rear brake
- an approved crash helmet
You should also wear bright protective clothing, such as gloves, boots and a motorcycle jacket.
Learner riders are not allowed to carry passengers.
Getting a full licence
To get a full licence, you must pass both a driving theory test and a practical driving test. You must attempt a theory test before your provisional licence expires or you may not be unable to renew it for one year.
Practical driving test for motorcycle / moped riders
Driving theory tests
Jersey Highway Code (size 372kb)