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How to get a Kentucky Motorcycle License

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

Kentucky DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

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First Time Motorcycle Riders

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

To apply for a motorcycle permit, you must be at least 18, or you must hold a valid operator license. Applicants for a motorcycle license permit who are under 18 years old, however, must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to assume the responsibility imposed by KRS 186.590 to sign the application for a license. This is true even if the parent or guardian has already signed the application allowing the minor to drive a moped or automobile. In all cases, however, the applicant must have the motorcycle permit for at least once calendar month before a motorcycle license can be issued.

Like most states, Kentucky will waive your skills test and issue you a license if you complete an approved basic motorcycle rider safety course. 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 Kentucky road test. Any person under the age of eighteen must successfully complete the motorcycle rider education course before the class M license will be issued.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The Kentucky 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 Kentucky motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Kentucky 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)
  • Kentucky 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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