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How to Get an Oregon Motorcycle License

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In Oregon, a motorcycle endorsement is required to ride any motorcycles with engines of over 50cc and top speeds of over 30 mph.

This page will go over the process for getting your license or permit so you can start riding as soon as possible.

Oregon Motorcycle Endorsement Overview

To apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement in Oregon, you’ll need to:

You must be at least 16 years old and hold a valid driver’s license to apply.

Please visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/index.aspx for official application information and to schedule appointments. 

Oregon Motorcycle Instruction Permit

If you want to start getting practice and experience on a motorcycle, you can apply for a motorcycle permit.

The minimum requirements for a motorcycle permit are that your are at least 16 years old with a valid Oregon driver’s license.

The permit is valid for 1 year.

To get one, you’ll need to:

  • Visit your local OR DMV office.
  • Complete an application and provide proof of your identity and Oregon residency.
  • Pass the OR motorcycle permit test.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pay the permit fee.

The motorcycle permit will allow you to practice riding under the following restrictions:

  • You must be accompanied and supervised by a licensed rider who is at least 21 years old.
  • You can only ride during the day.
  • No passengers allowed.
  • You must wear a DOT-approved helmet.

Oregon Rider Education Course

The next step towards your motorcycle endorsement is completion of an approved rider education course.

This is a requirement for new riders of all ages.

Completing a Basic Rider Course will satisfy the Oregon DMV requirements for the motorcycle knowledge and skills test.

The course is typically completed over 2-3 days and consists of:

  • An online classroom session.
  • On-bike training.
  • A on-bike skills evaluation.
  • A written test.

The course usually costs anywhere from $200 to $400.

Learn more about rider training courses in Oregon.

Oregon Motorcycle License

After completing an approved rider course, you’ll be eligible to receive your full endorsement.

Make an appointment to visit your local DMV office with the following:

  • Your course completion card.
  • Proof of your residency and identity.
  • Payment for your motorcycle endorsement fees.

Some riders may also need to:

  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Pass a vision exam.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Motorcycle License?

Since the Oregon motorcycle license requires you to complete a Basic Rider Course and complete your application at the DMV, you may be able to get your license in as little as 4 days to 1 week.

It all depends on how quickly you can enroll in and complete the training course and visit the DMV.

3-Wheel Motorcycle Restriction

Oregon also offers a 3-wheel motorcycle endorsement.

This requires you to pass the motorcycle knowledge test and pay the applicable fees.

Skills training and skills testing is not required for the 3-wheel endorsement. However, it is the smart choice to get your full motorcycle endorsement if you plan to ride a trike.

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

If you’ve recently moved to Oregon, you can transfer your out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement. To do so:

  • Visit your local DMV office.
  • Surrender your out-of-state license.
  • Complete the application and provide proof of your identity, residency, and legal presence. 
  • Pay the required application fees.
  • Pass an eye exam.
  • Pass the Oregon motorcycle written exam.

If your out-of-state motorcycle license/endorsement is valid you typically will not need to pass a road test or complete another motorcycle safety course.

Once you’ve received your motorcycle license, be sure to come back to MotorcycleZombies.com to learn how to title and register a motorcycle in Oregon.

Oregon Motorcycle License Fees

These fees may apply when you get your Oregon motorcycle endorsment:

  • Motorcycle Knowledge Test: $5 per attempt.
  • Motorcycle Permit: $23.
  • Motorcycle Endorsement: $87.
  • Motorcycle Endorsement without a OR driver’s license: $144.

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