Motorcycle Laws in Virginia

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This page will answer the most common questions we receive about motorcycle laws and licensing requirements in  Virginia.

Continue reading to find your answer and follow links to explore some of these topics in greater depth. 

Motorcycle Helmet Law in Virginia

Motorcycle helmets are required for all riders.

Additionally, eye protection like a face shield or goggles is also required unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield.

A motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment. Wearing one can greatly reduce your chances of being seriously injured or killed if you are involved in a motorcycle crash

Read more about motorcycle helmet laws and safety.

Virginia Motorcycle Noise Restrictions & Exhaust Requirements

A proper muffler is required and can be no louder than the factory exhaust.

Noise restrictions may be enforced by local law enforcement or during periodic inspections. 

Local jurisdictions may have their own ordinances regarding motorcycle noise limits.

Motorcycle Safety Inspections and Equipment Requirements

Period safety and equipment inspections for motorcycles in Virginia are performed during the registration period.

Motorcycle Passenger Laws in Virginia

There are no passenger restrictions for motorcycles in Virginia.

Whenever you ride with a passenger:

  • Be sure to give them instructions on what they’ll need to do. 
  • Make sure they can comfortably reach the passenger handholds and footrests. 
  • Make sure that they are wearing all of the necessary motorcycle safety equipment.

Learn more about riding with passengers on your motorcycle.

Requirements for Daytime Running Lights for Motorcycles in Virginia

Using daytime headlights is not required for motorcycles in Virginia.

Using headlights during the day can help to increase your visibility to other drivers. 

This is a smart thing to do regardless of whether the law requires it. 

Virginia Lane Splitting Laws

Lane splitting is pending legislation in Virginia.

There are some nuances to lane splitting, lane filtering, and lane sharing. 

Learn more about lane splitting.

Motorcycle Title Laws & VIN Verifications

The state of Virginia issues titles to all motorcycles.

If you buy a motorcycle without a title or are moving from a state that doesn’t issue titles, the registration documents and the Bill of Sale should serve as proof of ownership.

Learn more about motorcycle registration and title requirements in Virginia.

Find some helpful tips for when you buy a motorcycle.

Minimum Motorcycle Insurance Coverage in Virginia

Motorcycle insurance is required in Virginia, the minimum coverage limits are:

  • $25,000  bodily injury coverage per person.
  • $50,000 bodily injury coverage per accident.
  • $20,000 property damage coverage per accident. 

Remember, the minimum liability requirements kick in during the event of a collision with another vehicle. If you need more coverage for things like theft, single vehicle collisions, and other types of damage you’ll need to get a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage as well. 

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Motorcycle Safety Course Requirements & Details

An approved motorcycle safety course is required for riders who fail the skills test twice.

Completing the course will waive the requirements for the skills test and the written exam.

A motorcycle safety course is a great way to get familiar with the basics of riding, learn about the most important motorcycle laws, and become a safer, smarter rider. No riding experience is necessary to complete a course.  

Learn more about motorcycle safety courses and Basic Rider Training programs.

Is a Driver’s License Required to get a Motorcycle Endorsement in Virginia?

Before you get a Virginia motorcycle license, you will not need to already have a standard driver’s license. 

Motorcycle Permit & Licensing Requirements in Virginia

A motorcycle instruction permit is required.

If required, you’ll need to hold the learner’s permit and practice riding for at least:

  • 9 months if you are under 18 years old.
  • 30 days if you are 18 or older.

In order to get the permit, you’ll need to pass a written test.

In Virginia, motorcycle permit restrictions include:

  • No passengers.
  • Daytime riding only.
  • Roadway restrictions.
  • Helmet required.
  • Supervision required.

The permit is valid for up to 1 year, and can be renewed if needed.

Learn how to get a motorcycle license in Virginia.

Virginia Motorcycle License Age Requirements

The minimum age to begin the Virginia motorcycle licensing process is 19 years old without training or 16 years 3 months old if you complete a motorcycle safety course.