You Will Need
- Motorcycle Operator Manual and study guide
- Motorcycle learner's permit
- Motorcycle safety course
- Helmet, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots
- On-cycle motorcycle skills test
Get the handbook
Study the Motorcycle Operator Manual and study guide, available online for most states, including Arizona, California, Texas, New York, Michigan, Georgia, Virginia, and Ohio.
Obtain a permit
Obtain a learner's permit by taking a written exam, vision test, and paying a small fee at your local license office. A permit is a restricted license that does not allow you to carry a passenger and carries other limitations, such as time of day.
Consider taking an approved motorcycle rider safety course to obtain your motorcycle endorsement, the next step in obtaining your license. Most require you have proper gear, including a helmet, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots.
Schedule an appointment at the DMV or driver's license agency when you're ready to take the motorcycle skills test. The on-cycle skill test is a road test that requires you to demonstrate basic vehicle control and crash-avoidance skills.
Pass the on-cycle test and you'll have your motorcycle license. Go get 'em, easy rider!