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Motorcycle and moped tests

Module 1 off-road test: what happens

You’ll take the module 1 test in an off-road motorcycle manoeuvring area.

The test normally takes about 20 minutes and includes:

  • wheeling the moped or motorcycle and using the stand

  • riding a slalom and figure of 8

  • a slow ride

  • a U-turn

  • cornering and a controlled stop

  • cornering and an emergency stop

  • cornering and hazard avoidance

For the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises you must ride at a minimum speed of:

  • 19 mph on a moped

  • 31 mph on a motorcycle


Your test result

You’ll be told if you’ve passed module 1 at the end of the test.

The examiner will make a note of:

  • dangerous faults - these involve actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property

  • serious faults - these are potentially dangerous

  • riding faults - these aren’t potentially dangerous, but could become serious if you keep making the same mistake

You’ll pass module 1 if you make:

  • no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)

  • no more than 5 riding faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)


If you pass

The examiner will:

  • tell you what faults you made, if any

  • give you a pass certificate - you need to take this to the module 2 test

If you’re upgrading your licence through ‘progressive access’, you must pass module 2 within 6 months. You have to pass module 1 again if you don’t.


If you don’t pass

You’ll have to book another module 1 test and pay again. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days away.

If you’ve already booked the module 2 test you might need to change the date, since you must pass module 1 before you can take module 2.

You’ll lose your fee if you don’t give 3 full days’ notice to cancel your module 2 test. Sundays and public holidays don’t count as working days.

You can use this service to:

  • view your driving record, for example vehicles you can drive

  • check your penalty points or disqualifications

  • create a licence ‘check code’ to share your driving record with someone, for example a car hire company


The ‘check code’ will be valid for 21 days.

You’ll need:

You can find your National Insurance number on your payslip, P60, or letters about tax, pensions and benefits. If you have a personal tax account you can also view it there and print a confirmation letter.


If you still can’t find it, you can either:


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) won’t tell you your National Insurance number over the phone. They’ll post it to you and it will arrive within 10 working days.

You don’t need a National Insurance plastic card. HMRC no longer sends these cards out.

If you’ve never had a National Insurance number

You can apply for a National Insurance number if you’ve never had one.

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