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How to get an Alabama Motorcycle License

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

Alabama DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

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

Under Alabama 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 and must first secure a driver.s license. Applicants must pass the motorcycle knowledge test, a sign test and a vision screening.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The Alabama DMV requires that all applicants must pass a written exam on traffic signs, motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques. If you fail the exam, some states require you to wait until at least 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 Alabama motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Alabama DPS Office, make sure you have all of the following required identification documents to get your motorcycle license:

  • One primary and one secondary form of identification, which must be original or certified,
  • Social Security Number, if issued,
  • If born in another country: Passport with the I-94 or I-551 stamp or resident alien card
  • Original legal name change documents (marriage certificate, court order, or divorce decree) if your legal name has changed

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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