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How to Get a Connecticut (CT) Motorcycle License


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Do you need a motorcycle permit in CT?

A motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle permit is required if you wish to get practice riding your motorcycle outside of your Basic Rider Course and before you get your full motorcycle endorsement.

In order to get your full motorcycle endorsement, you’ll first need to possess a standard driver’s license and complete an approved motorcycle training course.

Getting the CT motorcycle permit is an optional step.

At what age can you drive a motorcycle in CT?

In order to legally ride a motorcycle in Connecticut, you’ll need to be at least 16 years old and hold a valid CT driver’s license.

Do you need a license to drive a motorcycle in CT?

Yes, in order to legally ride a motorcycle in Connecticut, you’ll need:

  • A current, valid CT driver’s license.
  • A valid CT motorcycle endorsement.

Do you need a license to drive a 49cc scooter in CT?

In Connecticut, 49cc scooters and mopeds fall under the definition of a motor driven cycle. These bikes are defined as having:

  • An engine size of less than 50cc.
  • A seat height of at least 26″.

In order to ride a moped or small scooter you are required to hold a valid CT driver’s license.

If the maximum speed of your scooter is less than the posted speed limit, you are required to ride in the right hand lane or useable shoulder unless you are making a left turn.

Learn more about requirements for a moped license.

Connecticut Motorcycle License Requirements

To apply for a motorcycle endorsement in CT, you’ll need to visit the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and:

  • Complete an application.
  • Your valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Provide proof of your identification, Social Security Number, residency, and legal presence.
  • Pay the required application and testing fees.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pass the Connecticut motorcycle written knowledge test.
  • Provide proof of completion of a motorcycle safety course.

Visit https://portal.ct.gov/dmv for official application instructions and requirements and to schedule appointments at your local DMV office.

How to Get a Connecticut Motorcycle Permit

The first step towards getting a motorcycle endorsement in CT is applying for your motorcycle permit.

A CT motorcycle permit allows you to practice riding for up to 60 days before you get your full endorsement.

To get the permit, you’ll need to make an appointment with your local Connecticut DMV office and pass the 16-question motorcycle knowledge test.

Questions are based on information you can find in the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual and the Connecticut Driver’s Manual.

You can prepare for your written exam with our free CT motorcycle practice test.

If the permit expires, it can be renewed once during the same year.

How many questions are on the motorcycle permit test in CT?

The CT motorcycle permit test includes 16 multiple choice questions.

All of the information you need to know for the test can be found in the official CT motorcycle handbook and driver’s handbook.

Can you drive a motorcycle with a learner’s permit in CT?

The following restrictions apply to a CT motorcycle learner’s permit:

  • Only valid for riding in Connecticut.
  • No riding at night.
  • No passengers.
  • No freeway riding.
  • Helmet and eye protection/goggles is required.

How long does a motorcycle permit last in CT?

A Connecticut motorcycle permit is valid for up to 60 days.

If it expires, you can renew it one time during the same calendar year.

Connecticut Motorcycle Basic Rider Course

The next steps towards your Connecticut motorcycle license is successfully completing a motorcycle safety course.

In order to enroll, you’ll need to hold a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit.

This course consists of classroom training and riding instruction, and will end with a riding skills test.

After you complete the course, you’ll receive a course competition certificate that is valid for up to 2 years.

The course is available through the following licensed providers:

  • Connecticut Rider Education Program (CONREP).
  • Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson Riding Academy.
  • Community College of Rhode Island.

Motorcycle License Restrictions in Connecticut

If you are at least 18 years old, you cannot ride with passengers for the first 90 days of holding your motorcycle endorsement.

If you are under 18 years old, no passengers are allowed for the first 6 months.

If you take the safety course on a 3-wheeled motorcycle, you will be restricted to only riding 3-wheel motorcycle. There will be a “3” restriction placed on your license.

Learn more about rules for 3-wheel motorcycles in Connecticut.

To remove the 3-wheel restriction, you’ll need to pass another basic rider course on a 2-wheel motorcycle.

How much is a motorcycle permit in CT?

The fees for a Connecticut Motorcycle license are as follows:

  • $40 motorcycle testing fee.
  • $30 endorsement fee.
  • $16 permit fee (optional step).

Transfer an Out-of-State Motorcycle License When Moving to Connecticut

If you’ve recently moved to Connecticut, you can visit the DMV to transfer your out-of-state motorcycle endorsement.

  • Surrender your out-of-state license.
  • Complete an application.
  • Pay the required fees.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass a written exam.

Once you’ve received your motorcycle license, return to MotorcycleZombies.com to learn how to register and title a motorcycle in Connecticut.

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