How to become an Approved Motorcycle Instructor (AMI)
To become an AMI, you must carry out three qualifying tests. Part one tests your theory knowledge, part two tests your riding ability and fitness to ride and part three tests your ability to instruct learner motorcycle drivers.
Becoming an AMI
Detailed information on the AMI process is available at:
When you first apply, an enhanced security check will be carried out by Access NI (ANI). Once carried out, Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will send you your eligibility number which you will need to book a theory test.
Information about the ANI check can also be found in the guide above along with a list of training materials to help you prepare for each test.
If you have concerns about your criminal history, you should contact DVA by email before making payment for any tests and before committing to any training offered by AMI training providers.
Send any queries to: ADIAMIApplications@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
You must pass all three tests, in order, within two years. If you fail any of the tests three times, you must wait two years from the date you first sat the theory test before beginning the process again.
It is illegal to charge for riding lessons unless you are a qualified AMI.
Becoming an AMI if you're disabled
You will need to give details of the restrictions on your licence when you make your application to make sure suitable arrangements are made to meet your needs.
Other rules to be an AMI
As well as the three tests and a satisfactory ANI check, you must also:
- hold a valid, full NI, Great Britain or Community (EC/ EEC) motorcycle licence
- have held the licence for a total of four years out of the past six years
- have not been disqualified from motorcycle riding/ driving in any part of the four years before the date of your application
Apply to become an AMI online
Book your AMI test and make your payment online at the link below.
If you need to contact DVA about your application or booking, email ADIAMIApplications@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
AMI test centre locations
The theory test (part one) is available at six theory test centres – Ballymena, Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Omagh and Portadown.
The riding ability (part two) and the instructional ability test (part three) are conducted at Craigavon, Londonderry (Newbuildings) and Mallusk driving test centres.
AMI test fees
Approved Motorcycle Instructor test fees are available at the following page:
Joining the register
After passing all three tests, you may apply to have your name added to the AMI Register, once you have paid the registration fee and had a satisfactory ANI check.
If you hold an AMI licence in an EU country, you can get this transferred to a NI licence if you are resident in NI.
You can do this online at:
You will need to make an online payment to be added to the NI register. You can pay online at the link above by selecting AMI registration (£240.00) and making the payment as instructed.