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How to get an Illinois Motorcycle License

Illinois Motorcycle License
  • Illinois Motorcycle License Guidelines
  • How to Prepare for the Written Exam
  • Required ID and Paperwork

Illinois DMV Motorcycle License Rules

Ready to take your motorcycle on the open road? We'll walk you through the steps to get your Illinois motorcycle license with an extra emphasis on safe driving.

You'll need to be familiar with the Illinois Driver's Manual. Think you know the material?
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First Time Motorcycle Riders

Under Illinois DMV guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit.

Applicants under eighteen years of age who present an IDOT Motorcycle Rider Course completion card will still be required to take the driver examination. Applicants eighteen years or older who present an IDOT Motorcycle Rider Course completion card will not be required to take the driver examination. First time motorcycle applicants who do not hold a valid Illinois driver's license will be required to successfully complete a vision screening, written (basic and motorcycle) exam and driver examination.

The IDOT Motorcycle Rider course is a twenty hour multimedia training program that includes both classroom and "hands-on" instruction. When you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible for your motorcycle driver's license without having to take your state's road test (if you meet the age minimum).

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The Illinois DMV requires that all applicants must pass a written motorcycle knowledge test on traffic signs, motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques. If you fail the exam, some states require you to wait until at least until the next day to take the test again and charge a re-examination fee.

All motorcyclists are encouraged to study for this written test so you don't take a chance on standing in line at the DMV Office only to go home empty-handed. Test your motorcycle safety and driving knowledge and take our Illinois motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Illinois DMV Office, make sure you have the following required documents to get your motorcycle license. Examples include:

  • Birth certificate issued in any state
  • Drivers license or instruction permit issued in another state
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military IL card (active duty, retired, reserve)
  • Illinois ID card
  • Social Security Number, if issued,
  • Documents from a court of record
  • Marriage certificate
  • Parental Consent Form, which must be signed in the presence of a driver license examiner or notarized if parent or guardian will not be present.

On the Road

Once your licensing requirements have been met, a Class M endorsement will be added to your driver's license. Remember... the safe operation of a motorcycle requires practiced skill, knowledge, and a respectful understanding of the limitations imposed by the operator, the machine, and the environment.

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