How to Apply for a Motorcycle License

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After you’ve restored your motorcycle, you’ll need a proper license or endorsement to ride it on public roads. Learn how to apply for a motorcycle license in your state.

Motorcycle License Requirements by State

Select your state below to learn how to get your motorcycle license.

Motorcycle License Resources

Free Motorcycle Practice Test

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First Steps towards a Motorcycle License

Getting your motorcycle license is one of the first steps in your lifelong journey of being a rider.

The motorcycle license/endorsement process looks pretty similar in each state (click your state above for the specifics):

If you’re looking for some extra practice before you get a full-privileged endorsement, many states offer a motorcycle permit that allows:

  • Supervised riding.
  • No passengers.
  • No night riding.
  • No freeway riding.
  • Engine displacement restrictions (in some states).

Riding a Motorcycle Without a License

Riding a motorcycle without a motorcycle license or endorsement is illegal, and can result in:

  • Suspension or revocation of your standard driver’s license.
  • Delay in which you’ll be able to obtain a motorcycle license.
  • Fines and jail time.
  • Having the bike you’re riding at the time impounded.
  • Increased insurance rates.

Can I ride a small motorcycle or scooter without a motorcycle license?

In most states, a standard driver’s license allows you to operate:

  • Mopeds.
  • Scooters and small displacement bikes under 50cc.

Check with your state’s motorcycle laws to confirm.