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Motorcycle licence: A1 permit or permit 125 (light motorcycle)

Verified 13 juin 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You want to drive light motorcycle or a 3-wheel drive with a power of 15 kW maximum? You must have permit A1 (says permit 125). To pass the A1 permit, you must have 16 years or more. You can enrol in the exam via a school car or by yourself on the ANTS website. You must succeed motorcycle code and practical driving test. A certificate is issued to you in case of success. This certificate permits driving 4 months waiting for your permit.

The A1 licence permits the following vehicles to be driven:

  • Light motorcycle (with or without side-car) with a maximum cylinder capacity of 125 cm³, with a power not exceeding 11 kWwith a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0,1 kW/kg
  • 3 wheels with a maximum power of 15 kW

Age

You must have at least 16 years.

Own ASSR or ASR

If you're under 21 and it's the firstmother class of licence you are issuing, you must hold the 2nd level road safety certificate (ASSR2) or road safety certificate (ASR).

In case of loss or theft of these certificates, you can make a statement on honour [application/pdf - 78.2 KB] .

Citizenship - Nationality

You are French

If you are under the age of 25, you must be in compliance with the defence and citizenship day (JDC).

You are European

If you are a Swiss, Andorran, Monegasque or the European Economic Area (EEA), you must have your personal and/or professional ties for at least 6 months in France.

You are foreigners

You must have lived in France for at least 6 months and have a valid residence permit.

Health

If you have a health problem, you must pass a medical check before applying for a driving licence.

Through a car school

Upon your request, your school will take care of your registration for the permit exam.

However, you must activate the account created on your behalf on theCHILDREN.

You receive an email to activate the account.

One harmonised prefectural registration number (HLN) is assigned to you when registering for the exam.

Your school needs the following documents to register:

  • If you are French and under 25 years of age, copy of the individual certificate of participation in the defence and citizenship day (JDC) or provisional certificate pending at the JDC or individual exemption certificate
  • If you are a foreigner, proof of your regular stay or, if you are exempt from a residence permit, proof of your presence in France for at least 6 months (payroll, rent receipt...)

By yourself

You can choose to register for the permit yourself.

One harmonised prefectural registration number (HLN) is assigned to you when registering for the exam.

The online service is accessible with FranceConnect or identifiers CHILDREN.

If you don't have an ANTS ID, you can create an account to have a personal space on the ANTS website.

Prepare the following documents in a scanned version:

  • If you are French and under 25 years of age, copy of the individual certificate of participation in the defence and citizenship day (JDC) or provisional certificate pending at the JDC or individual exemption certificate
  • If you are a foreigner, proof of your regular stay or, if you are exempt from a residence permit, proof of your presence in France for at least 6 months (payroll, rent receipt...)

Driver's licence: online request for a NEPH number

National Secured Securities Agency

You must pass successfully theoretical test motorcycle (ETM or motorcycle code).

You can register in a car school or as a free candidate.

The TA-M addresses the rules of motorcycle traffic and driving and the correct behaviour of the driver.

You must respond to 40 questions multiple choice.

To succeed with the TA-M, you must have 35 or more correct answers.

You retain the benefit of the TA-M for 5 practical tests for 5 years maximum.

You exempted from the TA-M, up to 5 practical tests, if you meet the following 2 conditions:

  • You have a French driving licence or a licence European
  • You have been licenced for up to 5 years

Training

The practical test shall include 2 Phases :

  • an out-of-circulation (HC) qualifying test,
  • a circulating test (CIR).

The duration of the training is 20 hours minimum, including 8 hours on the runway and 12 hours on the road.

Auto-school must offer you a standard contract for the teaching of driving .

This contract shall specify in particular programme and course of training, price training and administrative services, obligations of each means of payment.

Required Equipment

The following equipment is required to pass the practical test:

  • Certified Headset
  • Approved gloves
  • Long sleeved jacket
  • Pants or combination
  • Boots or high shoes

Accompanying

Attendants are required for the duration of the tests.

Out of circulation test (HC)

HC test lasts 10 minutes (12 minutes of the 1to August 2020 to December 31, 2022 inclusive).

The HC test allows to check the level of knowledge and know-how related to your motorcycle (sense of balance, use of controls, techniques of inclination, avoidance, braking...).

The HC test consists of a sequence of 6 manoeuvres :

  • 3 low-speed motorcycle control manoeuvres, including one without engine assistance
  • 3 manoeuvres of motorcycle control with higher speed

You must have passed the HC test to pass the CIR test.

You retain the benefit of this HC test for 5 CIR tests during 3 years following the HC pass date, provided that the theoretical test is validated (code).

Running Test (CIR)

The CIR test lasts 40 minutes (36 minutes of the 1to August 2020 to December 31, 2022 inclusive).

It allows you to verify that you have acquired the knowledge and behaviours necessary to move safely, without hindering, without surprises and without being surprised.

To be accepted to the CIR test, you must obtain at least 21 points and do not make any eliminatory errors.

  Please note : registration on  RdvPermit allows book online his appointment for practical examination driver's licence in the following departments :

Ain (01), Allier (03), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Ardèche (07), Ariège (09), Aude (11), Aveyron (12), Bouches-du-Rhône (13) , Cantal (15), Charente (16), Charente-Maritime (17), Cher (18), Corrèze (19), Côtes-d'Armour (22), Creuse (23), Dordogne (24), Drôme (26), Finistère (29), Gard (30), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Gironde (33), Hérault (34), Ille-et-Vilaine (35), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Isère (38), Landes (40), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loire Poire (42), Haute-Loire (43), Loire-Atlantique (44), Lot (46), Lot-et-Garonne (47), Lozère (48), Maine-et-Loire (49), Mayenne (53), Morbihan (56), Puy-de-Dôme (63), Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64), Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Pyrénées-Orientales (66), Rhône (69), Sarthe (72), Savoie (73), Haute-Savoie (74), Deux-Sèvres (79), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82), Var (83), Vaucluse (84), Vendée (85), Vienna (86), Haute-Vienne (87).

After the practical test, the inspector does not communicate the result orally to you.

You view online results on the Road Safety website 48 hours after the exam.

If the result is favourable, download your driving licence examination certificate.

This certificate, together with an identity document, serves as a driving licence for 4 months from the day of the examination.

In case of control of the police, you can present CEPC paper version or directly on a smartphone or tablet.

The CEPC does not lead to foreigner.

  FYI : if you fail a driving test, you cannot take the next test before 2 days (date to date).

To obtain your A1 permit, the process is different if it is your 1mother obtaining a driving licence or adding a category.

First Permit

Ask your school whether it is taking care of your driving licence or whether it is up to you.

If you make the request yourself, it is done online on the website of theCHILDREN.

The online service is accessible with FranceConnect or with your ANTS IDs, in French only.

If you don't have an ANTS ID, you can create an account to have a personal space on the ANTS website.

You need the following scanned documents:

  • If you are French and under 25 years of age, copy of the individual certificate of participation in the defence and citizenship day (JDC) or provisional certificate pending at the JDC or individual exemption certificate
  • If you are a foreigner, proof of your regular stay or, if you are exempt from a residence permit, proof of your presence in France for at least 6 months (payroll, rent receipt...)

Steps to follow :

1/ Sign in or create an account CHILDREN

2/ Click on "New request"

3/ Choose the reason for your application "I request the production of a driving licence"

3/ Complete the entries and add the requested supporting documents

4/ Confirm approach

Online application for a driving licence following passing an examination

National Secured Securities Agency

You follow the production and sending of your driving licence online.

Once connected to your space CHILDREN, you view your request in the dashboard.

Driver's licence: follow the progress of his driving application

National Secured Securities Agency

Accessible with FranceConnect or with your IDs.

Shipping driver's licenceExpert Letter.

This is a secure shipment, with hand-over against signature.

  • The address you specify during the online procedure must be as complete as possible
    (building number, flat number, mailbox number, floor, corridor, staircase, "resident",...)
  • Your mailbox must include the first and last name of the person receiving the mail.

If you are absent when the postman passes, you must go to the Post Office in the 15 days with your notice of passage or with the number of the Expert Letter.

If you couldn't get to the Post Office within 15 days, you don't have to do anything.

Your permit will be sent to you.

In other cases, contactCHILDREN via the contact form:

Who shall I contact
  • National Secured Securities Agency (ANTS) - Driving licence

    By Email

    Access contact form

    Phone

    34 00

    Monday to Friday from 7.45am to 7pm and Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Local Call Cost

    09 70 83 07 07 from overseas and foreigner

  Please note : if it's your 1to driver's licence trial permit. You must sign "A" on the back of your vehicle

Adding category A1 to your licence

If you already have a driver's licence, you must add category A1 on your licence.

The rates charged by the motorcycle schools are free.

The price of an A1 licence depends on the price charged by your establishment.

Registration to the motorcycle code (ETM) costs €30. If the code fails, you must repay this amount.

The validity of a driving licence (driving licence) format credit card is 15 years.

At the end of this period, renewal is a simple administrative process: there is no driving test or medical check.

However, the period of validity of the title may be reduced for health reasons.

The effective date of the title front, line 4b.

The date of validity should not be confused with the validity of your licence categories.

Thus, even if your licence is valid for only 15 years, your licence category remains valid for life (except individual restrictions).

The dates on which the categories licences shall be back permit columns 10 and 11.