• Motorcycle Licensing

  • Make Sure You Are Properly Licensed!

    Driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skills and knowledge. Although motorcycle-licensing regulations vary, all States require a motorcycle license endorsement to supplement your automobile driver's license. To receive the proper endorsement in most States, you'll need to pass written and on-cycle skills tests administered by your State's licensing agency. Some States require you to take a State-sponsored rider education course. Others waive the on-cycle skills test if you've already taken and passed a State-approved course. Either way, completing a motorcycle rider education course is a good way to ensure you have the correct instruction and experience it takes to ride a motorcycle. Contact your state motor vehicle administration to find a motorcycle rider-training course near you.

    Twenty-seven percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.

    Source: 2018 Traffic Safety Facts: 2016 Motorcycle Data


    To receive a motorcycle license with full privileges, most states require that maneuvers be performed as designed for single-track, two-wheeled motorcycles.  On-cycle skill tests are not designed for sidecars or three-wheeled vehicles.  Those vehicles maneuver differently than a two-wheeled motorcycle. It also requires special skills and a heightened sense of awareness about other road users, traffic, and environmental conditions and a personal strategy to manage potential problems. Take your time learning how to operate your motorcycle and get plenty of riding experience.  Find an experienced and responsible motorcyclist to mentor your learning.  This mentoring and riding experience will prepare you for handling today’s traffic environment and reduce the potential for a crash.  All riders are encouraged [or required] to attend an entry-level rider education course which provides knowledge and hands-on-training before receiving a motorcycle operator’s license.   

    • Motorcycle Operator Manual
    • Motorcycle Training and Verification  
      AAMVA works collaboratively with the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Association and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to encourage motorcycle safety by promoting and fostering the exchange of ideas and resources, rider education and training.  To verify that an applicant has successfully completed motorcycle rider education, please call the appropriate state administrator.  They can either verify, or direct you to someone else in their state that might have the applicable records.  The following link will help you in selecting the desired state, and call or e mail the administrator: SMSA Members