Getting a Motorcycle License

Requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license vary from state to state. Web sites, including, provide information required by each state.

Potential riders should start by obtaining a motorcyclists’ handbook from your state DMV or DOT, which provides information about riding gear and safety and education courses. Many states require that riders pass a Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course. To locate an MSF site near you, go to

Next, apply for a motorcycle instruction permit. The permit is usually valid for six months from the date it is issued and allows you time to complete your motorcycle training course or take a motorcycle skills test, if necessary, and apply for a permanent license.