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Delaware Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for Delaware

Operating a Motorcycle in Delaware

To operate a motorcycle in Delaware, individuals must apply for a motorcycle endorsement on your current Class D driver's license. Therefore, all applicants must be at least 17 years old to ride a motorcycle.

You have 60 days after becoming a Delaware resident to transfer your out-of-state license to a Delaware licensed with a motorcycle endorsement through the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. To do so, visit a local DE DMV and do the following:

  • Turn in your out-of-state license OR provide a certified copy of your driving record.
  • Give proof of your identity and legal presence in the United States and Delaware residency.
  • Pass the required exams
    • Vision Exam
    • Written and road tests (Only if out-of-state license is expired)
  • Pay the applicable license and endorsement fees.

Note if you are under the age of 18, restrictions apply.

Delaware Motorcycle Endorsement Eligibility

To qualify for a motorcycle license in Delaware if you are 18 or older, you must to the following:

  • Obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit by passing the following exams: Written Knowledge, Road Signs, and Vision or take a state approved motorcycle education course and the written and road skills test are waived. The vision test is always mandatory.
  • Anyone under the age of 18, must complete a motorcycle education course and get a parent’s signature to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.

Delaware Motorcycle Permit Process

Unless you take a motorcycle education course, applicants 18 and older must have a valid Delaware motorcycle permit for 6 month before being able to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.

To obtain a Delaware motorcycle permit:

  • Pass the following exams
    • Written Knowledge
    • Road Sign
    • Vision
  • Provide the required identification documents
  • Pay Motorcycle Licensing Fee

You can extend your permit 1 time before it expires date for an additional 6 months, for a fee of $5. All of the information you need to know for the DMV's written knowledge and road sign tests can be found in the Delaware motorcycle manual.

Delaware Motorcycle Permit Restrictions

Once you have obtained your motorcycle permit, you are prohibited from the following:

  • Transporting Passengers
  • Operating your motorcycle between sunset and sunrise
  • Riding without a helmet and eye protection
  • Using interstate highways

Delaware Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements

Requirement to obtain your motorcycle endorsement for applicants 18 and older.

  • Obtained a motorcycle permit for a minimum of 10 days or completed a state-approved motorcycle education course.
  • Go to a local DMV with the following
    • A valid motorcycle permit and show on-road skills test or a certificate of completion for the Delaware motorcycle rider education course.
    • Required Identification Documents
    • Motorcycle Licensing Fee

Requirement to obtain your motorcycle endorsement for applicants under the age of 18.

  • Complete a state approved motorcycle education course.
  • Go to a local DMV with the following:
    • Valid Student Completion Card (provided to you upon motorcycle education course)
    • Required Identification Documents
    • Written consent and signature from parent or legal guardian
    • Motorcycle Licensing Fee

Delaware motorcycle endorsements are valid for 8 years.

Fees for Delaware Motorcycle Licensing

  • Driver’s license: $40
  • Motorcycle Endorsement: $12
  • Learner’s Permit renewal: $5

Note that if you obtain your motorcycle permit, you will pay the motorcycle endorsement fee at that time.

Delaware Motorcycle Rider Training Programs

Passing an approved motorcycle rider training course allows you to bypass DMV testing. To enroll, you'll have to contact one of the Delaware Motorcycle Training Programs listed here.

Motorcycle License Training

Delaware Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

The DMV requires motorcyclists to have current insurance coverage that meets the state's minimum requirements, or to have proof that the driver meets Delaware’s other financial responsibility standards. Before riding, make sure your coverage meets Delaware’s minimum requirements. Get a motorcycle insurance quote in minutes here.

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