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How to get an Indiana Motorcycle License

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

Indiana DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

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

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

To add a motorcycle endorsement to your valid Indiana driver's license, you must hold a motorcycle learner's permit and pass a motorcycle skills test or complete a motorcycle safety course. When you visit a license branch to apply for your motorcycle endorsement, you must provide proof that you have passed a motorcycle skills test or safety course, and pass a standard vision screening test. You must also present certain documents of identification.

Like most states, Indiana will waive your skills test and issue you a license if you complete an approved ABATE motorcycle safety course. A safety course completion card is valid for waiver of the skills test for up to one year from your course completion date. These courses last anywhere from two to six weeks and include classroom instruction as well as driver training in a controlled, off-street environment. When you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible for your motorcycle driver's license without having to take your Indiana road test.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The Indiana 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 Indiana motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Indiana 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 ID card (active duty, retired, reserve)
  • Indiana IN 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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