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How to get a North Dakota Motorcycle License

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

North Dakota DMV Motorcycle License Rules

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

You'll need to be familiar with the North Dakota 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 North Dakota DOT guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit. The operator of a motorcycle must be at least 16 years of age or older.

  • You must have a valid operator's license, a temporary permit, instruction permit, motorcycle permit, or motorized bicycle permit in your immediate possession when operating a motorcycle or motorized bicycle upon a public street or highway within the state of North Dakota.
  • Operators under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation standards.

Applicants must 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.

Prepare for the Motorcycle License Written Test

The North Dakota DOT 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 North Dakota motorcycle practice test today!

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the North Dakota DOT 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)
  • North Dakota 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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