To obtain a motorcycle driving licence (category A) in The Netherlands, you will have to take a CBR Theory and a Practical exam. For the theory we suggest that you study the complete on-line riding theory training and testing tool TrafficTrainer for the motorcycle, which has been designed specifically for the motorcycle riding theory test!
Please note that there are no learning books for the motorcycle riding theory tests in English, nor are there any English CD’s/DVD’s for this test; all this learning and practising should be done on-line through TrafficTrainer.
Steps to take for the motorcycle licence
Limited entitlement motorcycle licence
When younger than 24 years of age you can only take the test on a light motorcycle with a maximum power output of 11 kW, and not more than 120-125 cc. After having had the A1 entitlement for at least two years, you are allowed to take a test for the category A2 (25-35 kW). Then after having held the A2 entitlement for at least another two years, you can take the A-additional test on a motorcycle with a minimum power output of 40 kW.
When 24 or older, you can choose between the two. When choosing the training for category A1 you must first take your test on a motorcycle with a maximum power output of 11 kW; then after having held that licence for at least two years, you may take the test for the A2 licence on a motorcycle with a power output of between 25-35 kW.
Then after having held that A2 entitlement for at least another two years you can take the A-additional test on a motorcycle with a minimum power output of 40 kW. But when older than 24 years of age you can also start the training for full category A immediately (1 kW equals 1,359 hp).
Note that as of January 1st 2014 you can start directly for the motorcycle A2 (the medium heavy); this means that you don’t need to take the A1 test for lightweight motorcycles first.
All category “A” driving licence entitlements also entitle you to ride a snorfiets (Dutch for a light moped), a bromfiets (Dutch for moped,) and a brommobiel (Dutch for a mobility car).
Practical training in English
For the practical training in English we recommend contacting:
Motor Cycle School Stuivenvolt, Nora Stoppelenburg, +31 (0)6 48 16 12 92
CBR Customer Service Line +31 (0)88 227 77 00 / BOVAG Customer Service Line +31 (0)30 65 95 211