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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
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):
- Possess a standard driver’s license already.
- Complete an approved motorcycle safety course.
- Study for and pass the motorcycle knowledge test.
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:
- Scooters and small displacement bikes under 50cc.
Check with your state’s motorcycle laws to confirm.