Do you need a motorcycle license to buy a motorcycle?

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Can I buy a motorcycle without a motorcycle license?

The short answer is: yes, you can buy a motorcycle without a motorcycle license.

Most motorcycle dealers and private sellers are not going to care whether or not you have a valid motorcycle endorsement.

And most states do not have any laws explicitly prohibiting it.

However, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without a motorcycle license or permit.

Additionally, it may be difficult to get insurance for the bike if you do not hold a valid motorcycle license.

Laws and Regulations for Buying a Motorcycle without a Motorcycle License

However, there are some other things you’ll need to consider if you plan to buy a bike before you get your motorcycle license.

  1. While you can buy a motorcycle without a license, you will not be able to ride it home legally. You’ll either need someone with a valid motorcycle endorsement to ride the bike for your or arrange for shipping.
  2. If you buy through a dealer, you’ll also need to show proof of motorcycle insurance – depending on the state – as part of the sale.
  3. You will likely not be able to finance the bike if you don’t have a proper endorsement.
  4. Some states may not allow you to title and register a motorcycle without a valid motorcycle license.

If you’re a new rider or interested in learning, this might seem confusing. Don’t you need a motorcycle if you want to learn to ride?

Fortunately, beginner rider courses like the ones provided by MSF provide you with bike to learn on.

You can use the bikes they provide to learn the basics and pass the riding exam.

After passing the MSF course, you’ll be able to pass the written test at the DMV and get your license.

Having a motorcycle license before you buy a motorcycle can definitely make things easier.

Can I Buy a Motorcycle Without a License?

Yes, in most states, you can buy a motorcycle without a motorcycle license.

However, you cannot legally ride a motorcycle without the proper endorsements.

Depending on where you live, you may have trouble registering a motorcycle without a proper motorcycle endorsement.

Can I Ride a Motorcycle Without Insurance?

In most states, you must have a valid motorcycle insurance policy to legally operate your motorcycle on public roadways.

The only states that do not require motorcycle insurance are Florida, Montana, and Washington.