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Motorcycle endorsement

How to add a motorcycle endorsement to your driver license
Follow the step-by-step instructions to enroll in a Basic Rider Course or apply for a permit.

NOTE: Anyone under the age of 18 is required to take the Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course before receiving a motorcycle endorsement.

Enroll in Basic Rider Course- no motorcycle permit required to take rider course
  • STEP 1- TAKE BASIC RIDER COURSE
    • Register with an approved motorcycle training provider
    • Take motorcycle training course
  • STEP 2- GET COURSE COMPLETION DOCUMENTS
    • 100% participation required
    • Must successfully complete course
    • Will receive a stamped waiver form and completion card
      *NOTE: you must add a motorcycle endorsement to your license before you begin riding after completing the course
  • STEP 3- GET MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT
    • Must bring course completion documents to a driver testing center and prove your identity by passing 6 point ID requirements
    • Must apply for a motorcycle permit
    • Must be at least 17 years old; parent/guardian consent required under age 18
    • Must pass vision test
    • Must pay required fee
Apply without Basic Rider Course- motorcycle permit required first. Without the Basic Rider course you must be at least age 18 to take the MVC Road Test.
  • STEP 1- GET A MOTORCYCLE EXAMINATION PERMIT
    • Apply for a motorcycle permit at a local motor vehicle agency
    • Must be at least 17 years old; parent/guardian consent required under age 18
    • Must pass MVC’s knowledge and vision tests
    • Make road test appointment date
    • Must pay required fee
  • Step 2 – PRACTICE RIDE
    • Must practice ride for at least 20 days
    • Must observe motorcycle permit riding restrictions
  • Step 3 – TAKE MOTORCYCLE ROAD TEST AT MVC TEST SITE (must be at least 18)
    • Must bring your own motorcycle (registered and insured), helmet and eye protection
  • Step 4 – GET MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT
    • Must pass road test
    • Must pay required fee
    How to get a motorcycle permit
  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • Complete a motorcycle permit application from an MVC Agency
  • Pass the 6 point ID requirements
  • Pay $5 permit fee. For your convenience, MVC Agencies accept American Express® card, MasterCard® card, Visa® card, checks, money orders and cash
  • Pass the knowledge and vision tests to validate your permit. Study by reading the Driver Manual and Motorcycle Manual [524k pdf]
Practicing with your permit
You must practice with a permit for at least 20 days before being eligible to take the road test. A motorcycle examination permit holder is no longer required to have an accompanying rider.

Motorcycle permit riding restrictions
The holder of a motorcycle examination permit is prohibited from:
  • Operating a motorcycle from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise
  • Carrying passengers
  • Riding on any state toll road or limited-access highway