How to get a Michigan Motorcycle License
- Michigan Motorcycle License Guidelines
- How to Prepare for the Written Exam
- Required ID and Paperwork
Michigan DMV Motorcycle License Rules
Ready to take your motorcycle on the open road? We'll walk you through the steps to get your Michigan motorcycle license with an extra emphasis on safe driving.
You'll need to be familiar with the Michigan Driver's Manual. Think you know the material?
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First Time Motorcycle Riders
Under Michigan DMV guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class CY 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. The final step is to pass the motorcycle skills test where you will demonstrate your competency in motorcycle operation. Applicants less than 18 years of age, or applicants 18 and older who have failed a skills test two or more times, must pass a motorcycle safety course before being issued an original motorcycle endorsement. The Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program offers a Basic Rider Course, Performance Based Course, and Experienced Rider Course to enhance the skills of beginner riders through advanced cyclists.
Like most states, Michigan 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 Michigan road test.
Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test
The Michigan 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 Michigan motorcycle practice test today!
Before you head to the Michigan 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)
- Michigan 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 CY 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.