Categories A1 - A2 - A

Category A1 licence

From the age of 18, a category A1 licence is required for drivers of motorcycles with a maximum engine capacity of 125 cc, with maximum power of 11 kW (15 hp) and a maximum power/weight ratio of 0.1 kW per kg.

Category A2 licence

For drivers aged over 20, a category A2 licence is required for motorcycles with maximum power of 35 kW (47 hp) and a maximum power/weight ratio of 0.2 kW per kg. The vehicle may not be derived from a model with more than twice its governed power.

Category A licence

For drivers aged over 24, a category licence A is required for motorcycles with power in excess of 35 kW. This age limit is reduced to 22 for drivers who have held a category A2 licence for at least 2 years.

Did you know ?

  • If you obtained your category B licence after 1st May 2011, you can, two years later, drive a motorcycle or scooter with a maximum engine capacity of 125 cc, limited to 11 kW (15 hp), with a maximum power/weight ratio of 0.1 kW per kg, on condition you have attended four hours of training at an accredited driving school. If this is the case, there is not practical test or theory test to take.

    If your licence a was issued before 1st May 2011, you are not required to attend training to be able to drive a moped or scooter, although this training is strongly recommended by all professionals. Driving lessons are available at driving schools and at ongoing training centres.

    IMPORTANT: this system (A1 licence with category B licence) only allows you to drive in Belgium. To drive in other countries, you must hold a full category A1 licence in its own right.

  • If you obtained your category B licence before the end of 1988, you can drive a motorcycle or scooter on public roads with no limits on power or engine capacity. However, for safety reasons, we recommend attending a training course at a driving school or ongoing motorcycle training centre.

Theory test A - A1 - A2

If you wish to obtain your category A1, A2 or A driving licence, you will first have to pass a theory test consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions. To pass, you need to score a minimum of 41 points out of 50.

To prepare for the test, you have the choice between theory training at an accredited driving school and self-learning training.

The theory test is valid for categories A1, A2 and A licences. Once you have obtained one of the category A licences, you will not have to take the theory test again to change category of licence.

 

ACCREDITED DRIVING SCHOOL

SELF-LEARNING

Theory lessons
12 hours
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Minimum age to take the theory test
17 years 9 months
17 years 9 months

A1 practical test

If you have passed your theory test, to prepare for the practical test, you have the choice between lessons at an accredited driving school and lessons covered by a provisional licence.

Lessons at a driving school

  1. Theory test
  2. Practical lessons (12 hours, including half on the road)
  3. Practical test on private land + public roads

Lessons covered by a provisional licence

  1. Theory test
  2. Practical lessons (9 hours, including half on the road)
  3. Practical test on private land
  4. Provisional licence (valid for 1 year)
  5. Practical test on public roads

Lists of documents you mustn’t forget to bring with you:

Test on private land

Identity card
Practical training certificate issued by an accredited driving school
Pass certificate or exemption document from the theory test
Signed statement relative to any physical deficiencies or ailments or, depending on the case, appropriate certificates
Helmet, gloves, long-sleeved jacket, trousers or combination, boots or calf boots protecting the ankle bone

Test on public roads

Person taking the test
Identity card
Helmet, gloves, long-sleeved jacket, trousers or combination, boots or calf boots protecting the ankle bone
If taking the test privately:
Provisional driving licence

Test vehicle
Registration certificate
Green card (insurance)
L plate (private)

All documents must be the originals and be valid.
If you are missing any documents, the test will not take place and you will automatically be charged an administrative fee of € 25. You will also be charged for the cost of the following motorcycle (€ 19).
Identity card out of date? The test will take place on condition that if you have the out-of-date identity card with you and can present a receipt issued by your local council offices proving you have applied for renewal. The application for a provisional driving licence and/or full driving licence will be retained in the database at the examination centre and will only be issued on presentation of a valid identity card. Without the receipt, the test will not take place.

Practical test A2

Passed your theory test? To prepare for the practical test, you have the choice between different types of driver training.

Progressive access is reserved for individuals who have held a category A1 licence for at least 2 years.

Direct access > Driver training at a driving school

  1. Theory test
  2. Practical lessons (12 hours including half on the road)
  3. Practical test on private land and public roads

Direct access > Driver training covered by a provisional licence

  1. Theory test
  2. Practical lessons (9 hours including half on the road)
  3. Practical test on private land
  4. Provisional licence (driving training period: 1 to 12 months)
  5. Practical test on public roads

Progressive access > Driver training at a driving school

  1. Practical lessons (4 hours including half on the road)
  2. Practical test on private land and public roads

Progressive access > Driver training covered by a provisional licence

  1. Practical lessons (4 hours including half on the road)
  2. Practical test on private land
  3. Provisional licence (driver training period: 1 to 12 months)
  4. Practical test on public roads

Lists of documents you mustn’t forget to bring with you:

Test on private land

Identity card
Practical training certificate issued by an accredited driving school
Pass certificate or exemption document from the theory test
Signed statement relative to any physical deficiencies or ailments or, depending on the case, appropriate certificates
Helmet, gloves, long-sleeved jacket, trousers or combination, boots or calf boots protecting the ankle bone

Test on public roads

Person taking the test
Identity card
Helmet, gloves, long-sleeved jacket, trousers or combination, boots or calf boots protecting the ankle bone
In the case of driver training at an accredited school:
Application form for a provisional driving licence
Practical training certificate
If taking the test privately:
Provisional driving licence

Test vehicle
Registration certificate
Green card (insurance)
L plate (private)

All documents must be the originals and be valid.
If you are missing any documents, the test will not take place and you will automatically be charged an administrative fee of € 25. You will also be charged for the cost of the following motorcycle (€ 19).
Identity card out of date? The test will take place on condition that if you have the out-of-date identity card with you and can present a receipt issued by your local council offices proving you have applied for renewal. The application for a provisional driving licence and/or full driving licence will be retained in the database at the examination centre and will only be issued on presentation of a valid identity card. Without the receipt, the test will not take place.

Practical test A

Passed your theory test? To prepare for the practical test, you have the choice between different types of driver training.
Progressive access is reserved for individuals who have held a category A2 driving licence for at least 2 years.

Direct access > Driver training at a driving school

  1. Theory test
  2. Practical lessons (12 hours including half on the road)
  3. Practical test on private land and public roads

Direct access > Driver training covered by a provisional licence

  1. Theory test
  2. Practical lessons (9 hours including half on the road)
  3. Test on private land
  4. Provisional licence (driver training period: 1 to 12 months)
  5. Practical test on public roads

Progressive access > Driver training at a driving school

  1. Practical lessons (4 hours including half on the road)
  2. Practical test on private land and public roads

Progressive access > Driver training covered by a provisional licence

  1. Practical lessons (4 hours including half on the road)
  2. Practical test on private land
  3. Provisional licence (driver training period: 1 to 12 months)
  4. Practical test on public roads

Lists of documents you mustn’t forget to bring with you and test vehicle:

Test on private land

Identity card
Practical training certificate issued by an accredited driving school
Pass certificate or exemption document from the theory test
Signed statement relative to any physical deficiencies or ailments or, depending on the case, appropriate certificates
Helmet, gloves, long-sleeved jacket, trousers or combination, boots or calf boots protecting the ankle bone

Test on public roads

Person taking the test
Identity card
Helmet, gloves, long-sleeved jacket, trousers or combination, boots or calf boots protecting the ankle bone
In the case of driver training at an accredited school:
Application form for a provisional driving licence
Practical training certificate
If taking the test privately:
Provisional driving licence

Test vehicle
Registration certificate
Green card (insurance)
L plate (private)

All documents must be the originals and be valid.
If you are missing any documents, the test will not take place and you will automatically be charged an administrative fee of € 25. You will also be charged for the cost of the following motorcycle (€ 19).
Identity card out of date? The test will take place on condition that if you have the out-of-date identity card with you and can present a receipt issued by your local council offices proving you have applied for renewal. The application for a provisional driving licence and/or full driving licence will be retained in the database at the examination centre and will only be issued on presentation of a valid identity card. Without the receipt, the test will not take place.

Test vehicle

From 1st January 2019, the test vehicle must have minimum power of 50 kW and an unladen mass of more than 175 kg.

Given that the unladen mass is not always stated on the certificate of conformity, the vehicle will be accepted provided the smallest of the values available (unladen weight, kerb weight, actual weight) is more than 175 kg.