Before you start learning to ride a moped then you will need to apply for your provisional licence which can easily be done online through the .gov.uk website or you can also apply by post by completing a D1 form which is available from the Post Office.
You can apply for your moped provisional 3 months before you turn 16 years of age so don’t delay as it only takes 1 week for your licence to arrive if you’re applying online.
This video explains simply what the requirements are although we’ve handily listed them below too.
Applying online really is the easiest way to get your provisional and you will need to register on the site to get your Government Gateway User ID as well as fulfilling the following criteria:
- be a resident of Great Britain
- have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
- provide addresses for the past 3 years
- have your National Insurance number
- Not have a ban or be prevented from driving.
- meet the minimum eyesight requirement of being able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
- pay £34 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
If you do all this correctly then 1 week later you can expect your new provisional licence to arrive and you will be able to move onto taking you Compulsory Basic Training, which only takes a day to complete, and from then on you can ride on the road! This CBT is valid for 2 years and in that time you can get lots of experience of driving on the road before considering taking your full moped/motorcycle licence theory and practical test.