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Indiana Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for Indiana

Operating a Motorcycle in Indiana

To operate a motorcycle in Indiana, operators must have a valid driver’s license with a Class M designation or have a valid motorcycle permit while riding with an approved supervisory rider.

For new Indiana residents looking to transfer a valid out-of-state motorcycle endorsement to their Indiana operator license can do so only after passing a knowledge exam based on the Indiana Motorcycle Operator’s Manual and skills test. In some cases, Indiana will offer a certificate of completion for out-of-state motorcycle safety courses. This may be used to waive the skills test required to get an Indiana motorcycle endorsement. If you have passed a motorcycle safety course in another state or through the military, you can send a copy of the course completion card to the with your current contact information (mailing address and phone number) to the address below or fax it to (317) 233-0189.

Motorcycle Safety Program Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles 100 North Senate Avenue, Room 481 Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana Motorcycle Learner’s Permit

Unless you plan to take the Motorcycle Operator Safety Education course, you are required to obtain a leaner’s permit before applying for an Indiana motorcycle endorsement. Applicants under the age of 18 must also have a parent or guardian signature on their application.

At any time, the signer of the Agreement of Financial Liability can submit a request to terminate the agreement.

To obtain an Indian motorcycle leaner’s permit, visit a local Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office and:

  • Provide a valid operator, chauffeur, or public passenger chauffeur base license
  • The following types of identifications:
    • Proof of Identity
    • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Proof of Lawful Status in the U.S.
    • Two documents showing proof of Indiana residency
  • Pass Vision Test
  • Pass Written Motorcycle Knowledge Test (Use the Indiana Motorcycle Operators Manual to prepare)
  • Signed Application by parent or guadian (if applicable)
  • Pay $9 permit fee

You may begin riding in accordance with the restrictions outlined below until you feel adequately prepared to take the on-cycle skills test.

Indiana Motorcycle Learner’s Permit Requirements and Limitations

Earning your Indiana motorcycle learner’s permit authorizes you to operate a motorcycle on the highway for 1 year from the date of issuance, and you may renew it once. You are only permitted to ride with the following restrictions:

  • Cannot ride without a helmet
  • Only during daylight hours
  • No riding with passengers

If you have not obtained your motorcycle endorsement before your permit expires, you must wait 1 year before reapplying for another motorcycle learner’s permit.

Getting an Indiana Motorcycle Endorsement

In order to apply for a motorcycle endorsement, applicants must first have a valid motorcycle learner's permit and pass a skills test OR present a certificate of completion from an approved motorcycle safety course. All riders under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign the application.

You have 1 year from the date you passed the Indiana motorcycle safety course to present your certificate of completion in order to waive the on-cycle skills exam and earn your endorsement.

Learner’s Permit Holders with no course completion, must take an on-cycle skills test. To schedule an appointment, contact your Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) and be sure to bring the following:

  • Valid Indiana Motorcycle Learner’s Permit
  • Registration and Insurance for the motorcycle being used for the test
  • Proof of your identity and New Jersey residency
  • Testing Fee (varies by provider)

Failure to pass after 3 attempts will require a 2 month waiting period from the date of your last test before you can try again.

Once the skills test has been passed or completed the motorcycle safety course, visit a Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) location and:

  • Provide the following documents:
    • Provide Proof of Identity
    • Provide 2 proof of residency documents
    • Valid Motorcycle Learner’s Permit
    • Proof of passing on-cycle skills test or motorcycle course certificate of completion
  • Provide Social Security Number
  • Pass vision test
  • Pay Motorcycle Endorsement Fee

You will be issued a new Indiana driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement added to it. The endorsement is valid for the same time period as your driver’s license.

Indiana Motorcycle Endorsement Renewals

Your endorsement is valid for the amount of the time that your license is valid. Your birthday marks the date of expiration for your endorsement and your license. If you let your license or endorsement expire, you will have to pay a $6 late fee. If your birthday falls on a day when the office is closed, the endorsement will be valid until the next business day.

You have up to 2 years before the expiration date to renew your license or endorsement at any local DMV licensing office. Riders who were under 21 years old when they received their license must renew their license within 30 days after their 21st birthday.

Indiana Motorcycle Endorsement Fees

One-Time Motorcycle Endorsement Fee: $19

Motorcycle Education in Indiana

Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) offers a Basic Rider Course with both classroom and on-cycle training. The course includes 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of riding exercises. In the class, you will learn:

  • Different types of motorcycles
  • Protective Gear
  • The impact of drugs and/or alcohol on a rider
  • Basic riding skills
  • Mental skills – riding strategies
  • Physical skills – swerving and advances turning

You must have a valid motorcycle learners permit, issued by the Indiana DMV (if under 18 years old, you must have a waiver signed by your parent or guardian).

A motorcycle will be provided for use in the class, however there is required safety equipment that must be brought or worn to class.

Required Safety Course Equipment

The following gear is required for participation in any safety course:

  • Helmet and eye protection (face shield, goggles, etc.)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Over-the-ankle boots
  • A long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (no holes and not torn)

The course is provided on a pass/fail basis, and you must pass both a written and on-cycle examination. If you pass the course, you will qualify to waive the skills test when you go to get your motorcycle endorsement. Passing the course may also qualify you for discounted insurance.

For a list of available courses, course fees and requirements please visit the https://www.in.gov/rsi/ or email them using the online contact.

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Indiana Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

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