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How to get a Massachusetts Motorcycle License

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

Massachusetts DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

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

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

Applicants must be 16 years of age, pass the motorcycle knowledge test, a sign test and a vision screening of basic colors. Applicants under the age of 18 must complete the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) to get a Class M (motorcycle) license or endorsement. The final step is to pass the motorcycle skills test where you will demonstrate your competency in motorcycle operation.

Like most states, Massachusetts will waive your skills test and issue you a license if you complete an approved basic Motorcycle Rider Education Training course. You must present your course certificate to the DMV within 90 days of completing the program. 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 state's road test.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The Massachusetts DMV requires that all applicants must pass a written motorcycle knowledge test on traffic signs, motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques.

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 Massachusetts motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

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

  • Document proving date of birth
  • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.

If you are 18 years of age or older you must present the following:

  • Document proving date of birth
  • Document proving signature
  • Document proving Massachusetts residency
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.

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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