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If you want to get your motorcycle license, here is how each one is, how are their exams and their prices
If you want to get your motorcycle license, here is how each one is, how are their exams and their prices

Obtaining a motorcycle license has recently become an increasingly expensive task. Not only because of the different tests that need to be done (and what to pay for), but because the prices in most of the times are exorbitant. This without taking into account that in many cities the driving schools agree on prices.

Today we come to tell you about the different motorcycle licenses and what you have to do to get them: different tests, theoretical exams, what we can drive with each license … In addition, we will estimate the price that it may cost you to get the different licenses, as well as some opinions of people who already own them.

What must be done to get each license and what can we drive with each one?

Types of card

A picture is worth a thousand words. With the A1 license (which you have automatically after three years with the B) you can drive any motorcycle up to 125 cc and 15 hp of power. The A2 allows you to carry any motorcycle as long as it does not exceed 48 hp. The all-powerful license A is valid for any motorcycle, displacement and power. Finally, we cannot forget the AM: you must be over fifteen years old and you will not be able to take more than 49 cc motorcycles.

So far easy, right? The important thing now resides in how we get the different types of card. The AM license consists of two tests: a theoretical exam, which you can train by entering here, and a practical part in a closed circuit. This practical part consists of passing between two white lines without stepping on it and making a zigzag between cones.

For permits A1 and A2 It will depend on whether you have the car license and, if you have one, how many years you have been with it. On the other hand, there is an important difference between the practical exams for A1 and A2: in the first you will use a 125cc, 15hp motorcycle, while in the second you will use a motorcycle with more power and more displacement. That said, let's go in parts:

  • If you do not have a car license, you will have to take, for both A1 and A2, a common theoretical exam and a specific one, to which you will add the practical exam on the track and another on the road.
  • If you have had the car license for less than three years, you will have to do all of the above except the common theoretical part.
  • If you got your car license more than three years ago, you will automatically have the A1 license.
  • That means that you will have to take the common theoretical exam and the two practical ones to have the A2 in your portfolio.
  • Finally, if you have the A1 permit (it is irrelevant here to have the B) you will only have to take the practical tests to obtain the A2.

Permission A is the one we all want, the desired one, the one that lets you drive all kinds of motorcycles. Five years ago you got your A card directly, but you had to be limited to 35 hp for two years. On the other hand, now, it is mandatory to take two years with the A2 (47 hp). After that, you can take a nine-hour course to get the A. Those nine hours will be distributed as follows:

  • An hour and a half of theoretical knowledge: you will sit down with the driving school teacher and you will be studying the different mandatory equipment for riding a motorcycle, how to transfer weights, basic notions of mechanics, how to draw curves …
  • An hour and a half of awareness and sensitization: it will deal with issues of road safety, how to recover lost points, the different risk factors …
  • Four hours of practical part in a closed circuit: we finally left the classroom of the driving school and put on our helmets. In these first four hours we will be performing maneuvers similar to those we did to obtain the A2 license, although this time on a more powerful motorcycle.
  • Two hours of practical part on the road: we will end with two hours of practical driving on the road, in which we will experience the usual situations that we will face when we have the license.

As you can see, at no time has the word exam been mentioned. Why? Well, because permit A consists only of this nine-hour course; at no time will we have to examine ourselves. Of course, at any time an inspector from the DGT can come to make sure that we are taking the course.

Statistics and prices

Spain is very large, so the diversity of prices between the different regions is greater than you can imagine. At Motorpasión Moto we have contacted as many driving schools as possible, trying to have data from all the provinces. Thus, we have verified that, for example, on-track practices for permits A1 and A1 vary by 20 euros in some cases.

As it is almost impossible to know the price in each city and in each driving school, we have tried - we have come close enough, we could say - to gather all the figures to be able to estimate how much it can cost us to get each card. To compile the statistics we have taken these variables for granted:

  • Driving schools do not charge tuition: logically many do charge tuition, but this would distort the final price greatly.
  • The theoretical card price is 30 euros.
  • We include the DGT fees (90, 30 euros).
  • On average, after consulting driving schools, five practices are needed for the AM, five for the A1 / A2 track test and three practices for the road test. Within these practices we also count the exam, which in general the driving schools charge us the same as in the practices.
  • The course for permit A is closed, so registration and DGT fees are included.

Thus, the estimated prices of driving licenses are as shown in the following table:

As you can see, getting the A1 and A2 cards costs the same price. Regardless of the AM permission, card A is the cheapest. Of course, to obtain it we will have to go through the A2 first. Taking this into account, we would go to the figure of 720, 3 euros.

Opinions after conducting the A2 permit tests

When I did the tests for permission A2, which is the most requested, I was able to verify that both the theoretical part and the practical part on the road are very simple if we prepare it well. The hardest part is practice on the track, since you have to take into account many factors: do not step on the lines, do not touch the cones, complete the circuit in a maximum time …

We have interviewed three people who have recently taken the exam, each in a different provincial capital. Saving the distances between them - some had tried motorcycles before - it is clear that heThe practice part on a closed track is the most complex.

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