Motorcycle Licences

There are four possible stages to getting a licence for the largest most powerful motorcycle. Broadly, this covers mopeds, motorcycles up to 125cc, motorcycles with a power rating not exceeding 35kW and motorcycles greater than 35kW.

Changes which came in to effect from 19 January 2013

  • A rider can move from one stage to then next by Progressive access.
  • A person can ride the most powerful bike without having ridden other bikes by direct access
    provided they are 24 years and over.

Tricycle:  Where a person had an entitlement to the category B  full licence prior to 19 January 2013 that also covered them to ride tricycles. They still retain that entitlement. All first full Licences issued for the category B from 19 January 2013 would not have this entitlement and therefore they must take out the appropriate Bike category to ride a trike. The appropriate bike category will depend on the CC of the Tricycle.

Moped: Where a person was issued the category B full licence prior to 21 October 2006 that also covered them to ride mopeds and therefore are entitled to the moped category AM provided the category B licence has not expired for more than 10 years.

Download our most recent Motorcycle guidelines here.

What is Initial Basic Training?

Initial Basic Training (IBT) is a mandatory training course that teaches basic riding skills to learner motorcyclists. It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety.

What does IBT involve?

IBT for a small motorcycle category ‘AM’ or ‘A1’ – is a 16 hour course broken into four separate modules 1,2,3 and 4 which must be completed in sequence.  Completing IBT for the first time on a larger motorcycle in category ‘A2’ or ‘A’ is an 18 hr course and involves completing three modules 1,3 and 5.   These modules are a mixture of theory and practical riding skills.
When you have completed an  IBT module or the entire course, your instructor will record the details of your training in your logbook and issue you with a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion.

You can now apply for your practical driving test.

The Progression module

If you want to upgrade the bike you ride (e.g. from automatic to manual or tricycle to two-wheeler) you can complete a progression module. This module allows you to get the training you need to operate a different type of bike without having to repeat the whole IBT course.

Finding an IBT course

IBT courses are only available at RSA approved IBT training centres and may only be delivered by RSA approved IBT instructors.

IMPORTANT: Before you begin your training, you should check that both centre and instructor are currently approved for the delivery of IBT.  On the day of your training your trainer will be happy to confirm their continuing RSA approval.  Only undertake IBT training once you are satisfied that your trainer still holds RSA approval.  Training completed with an individual who does not currently hold RSA approval cannot count as part of your IBT and will need to be repeated with an RSA approved IBT Trainer.

Benefits of IBT

Completing your initial basic training course means you will:

  • learn to become a safer road user.
  • develop a strong understanding of basic motorcycle riding skills.
  • be able to practice your riding unaccompanied on a public road.

Recommended IBT Centre

Bikeworld recommend Airport Driving School, Ireland’s most successful driving school.

Airport Driving School


No 1 Longmile Road,
Walkinstown, D.12 DW4C,
(Get off at the Kylemore Stop On the Red Luas Line)

Opening Hours


No 1 Longmile Road,
Walkinstown, D.12 DW4C,
(Get off at the Kylemore Stop On the Red Luas Line)

Our Opening Hours

Monday: Closed temporarily due to COVID-19
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-6:00pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: Closed

Please ring to confirm opening hours during lockdown periods.