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Motorcycle Beginner's Permit

A motorcycle beginner's permit allows you to practice driving a motorcycle or motor scooter while an experienced licensed driver supervises you.

To get a Class M Beginner's Permit:

  • You must be at least 15 years old.
  • You must bring your birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and insurance information.
  • If you are under 18 years of age, you must bring your parent or legal guardian with to sign your application.
  • You must pass the vision and knowledge tests.

Restrictions:

  • You may drive a motorcycle or motor scooter from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during daylight savings time).
  • You may not operate a motorcycle or motor scooter at any other time unless a licensed parent or guardian supervises you.
  • You must have your beginner's permit for 180 days before you can apply for a motorcycle license.
  • If you are under 18 years of age, you must practice driving with your licensed parent or legal guardian for at least 40 hours, including 10 hours during darkness, before you can apply for your motorcycle license.

Motorcycle License

If you are 15 years old and have held another class beginner permit for 180 days, you are eligible for a motorcycle beginner's permit by taking the vision test and motorcycle knowledge test. If you have a conditional driver's license, you can get a motorcycle conditional license by taking the vision test, the motorcycle knowledge test and the motorcycle skills test.

If you are 15 years old and have never had a license or beginner's permit, you must have your motorcycle beginner's permit for at least 180 days before you can apply for a motorcycle license.

If You are Under 18 Years of Age:

  • You must bring your parent or legal guardian with you to sign your application.
  • You must bring your birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and insurance information.
  • You must submit Form PDLA that certifies you have:
    • Completed a driver's education course
    • Had satisfactory school attendance
    • Practiced driving with your licensed parent or guardian for 40 hours, including 10 hours of driving practice at night.
  • Form PDLA allows you to submit all of these certifications and is available at your school and this website:
  • You must pass the vision and road skills tests.

If You are 18 Years of Age or Older:

  • You must bring your birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and insurance information.
  • You must pass the vision and road skills tests.

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