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How to get a New Jersey Motorcycle License

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

New Jersey DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

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

Under New Jersey MVC guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit. You must practice with a permit for at least 20 days before being eligible to take your motorcycle road test.

Applicants must be 17 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.

Anyone under the age of 18 is required to take the Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course before receiving a motorcycle endorsement.

Like most states, New Jersey 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 state's road test.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The New Jersey MVC 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 New Jersey motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

In order to obtain licenses and permits at MVC, you are required to pass the 6 Point ID Verification. This procedure was designed to help prevent identity theft by ensuring that all licenses are distributed accurately with proper legal documents and verification.

  • You must prove that your presence in the country is authorized under federal law
  • Your application will only be accepted when the proper documents are presented. Any false or invalid documents will also be refused
  • If your name does not match that on your birth certificate, you must provide alternative documentation for the name change (i.e. marriage certificate)
  • This requires you to prepare information prior to visiting an MVC Agency, possibly resulting in special document requests from other state agencies.

Before you head to the New Jersey MVC 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)
  • New Jersey 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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