How to Get a Motorcycle License

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Are you looking for your first bike among a new or pre-owned inventory? Before you get a bike, you’ve got to have a motorcycle license! Lawless Harley-Davidson teaches aspiring Scott City bikers how to get a motorcycle license below!

Do You Need a State Motorcycle License?

In all of the states we cover below, you need some sort of license or endorsement to operate most motorcycles. As you can see, many have exceptions for vehicles such as scooters that might be under 150cc. Let’s see below:

How to Get a Motorcycle License in Missouri

Missouri requires Cape Girardeau and Jonesboro, AR bikers to have a Class M license or a driver’s license with an M Endorsement as their Missouri motorcycle license. You can start this by getting a learner’s permit if you are 15 ½ years of age or more.

  • Permit: You can get a Missouri motorcycle license learner’s permit by taking the Motorcycle Rider Training Course. The permit should cost $3.75. Once you get it, you can drive a motorcycle under specific conditions: you cannot have any passengers, nor can you drive at night.
  • Motorcycle Skills Test: Once you’re ready, you can take the MOTC or MRTC Motorcycle Skills test ($7.50 for a 3-year license and $15.00 for a 6-year license). This includes a knowledge test and an on-bike skill test with an examiner.

How to Get a Motorcycle License in Illinois

Paducah, KY bikers go through a similar process to those in Missouri. It’s worth noting distinctions: Illinois gives you a Class L License for vehicles 150cc and under, and a Class M License for those over 150cc.

  • Permit: Much like in Missouri, you’re limited with what you can do on a motorcycle learner’s permit. This limits you to daytime biking again.
  • Motorcycle License Test: Illinois requires a written test to get either your Class L or Class M license. If you’re 18 or above, you’ll be able to waive the riding portion of the test by presenting an IDOT-approved proof that you’ve taken a bike riding course. Those 16-18 will still need to take the riding portion of the test.

How to Get a Motorcycle License in Ohio

Memphis, TN drivers wondering how to get a Motorcycle license in Ohio should follow these steps:

  • Permit: Like in Missouri, the starting age for getting a permit in Ohio is 15 ½ years. You’ll also have to pass a vision test. This limits holders to daytime driving and doesn’t allow you to drive on interstates in addition to other restrictions.
  • License: To get the license or endorsement, you’ll need to take a skills test. Those under 18 can only take this if they’ve had their permit for at least 6 months. Instead of the test, you can enroll in a Motorcycle Ohio course.

How to Get a Motorcycle License in Tennessee

In Tennessee, you can drive a 50cc or less motorbike without any official endorsement on your license. Here’s what to do for Marion, IL drivers who want to drive a bike above that grade:

  • License Test: Tennessee drivers with a valid driver’s license need to take a knowledge and road skills test for their bikes. If you want, you can go to a Tennessee Certified Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP) in lieu of taking a test at an official Driver Services Center.

Learn More with Lawless Harley-Davidson!

At Lawless Harley-Davidson, we’re always excited to introduce Scott City residents to the world of motorcycles. Not only do we have a great inventory of bikes, we also have a dedicated service center that’ll help you keep your bike in great shape! Please contact us today to get started on your journey with motorcycles and learn more about helmet laws!
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