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How to get a Minnesota Motorcycle License

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

Minnesota DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

You'll need to be familiar with the Minnesota Driver's Manual. Think you know the material?
Take our Motorcycle License practice test now and test your knowledge here first!

First Time Motorcycle Riders

Under Minnesota DMV guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit. A valid Minnesota driver's license is required to obtain a motorcycle instruction permit.

All applicants must pass a knowledge test at a driver examination station in order to qualify for a motorcycle instruction permit. If you are under 18 years old, you must present a certificate of course completion from an approved motorcycle rider training program.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The Minnesota 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 Minnesota motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Minnesota 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)
  • Minnesota 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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