To operate a motorcycle in New Jersey, 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.
You have 60 days after becoming a New Jersey resident to transfer your out-of-state license to New Jersey. To transfer your motorcycle license, visit any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office and:
In New Jersey, you can apply for one of the following motorcycle licenses:
To be eligible for a New Jersey motorcycle license or endorsement, you must:
The first step to getting your New Jersey motorcycle license is earning your motorcycle permit. You must be 17 years old to apply. Visit your local NJ Motor Vehicle Commission office and:
You will need to pay the applicable motorcycle permit fees and pass the following:
If you are enrolled in a NJ BRC motorcycle course, you do not need to obtain your motorcycle permit before taking the course.
Earning your permit is an important step toward getting your license, but there are certain requirements and restrictions while operating a motorcycle with a motorcycle permit.
All New Jersey Motorcycle Permit Holders are prohibited from riding:
New Jersey Permit Length Requirements
New Jersey permit holders are required to have their permit for certain length of time before attempting to acquire a motorcycle license or endorsement.
Permit holding time for motorcycle license:
Permit holding time for motorcycle endorsement - At least 20 days
Anyone under the age of 18 will need to complete a MSEP Basic Rider course before scheduling a motorcycle skills road test. Adult applicants are not required to complete the course, however it is beneficial.
To schedule an appointment with a MVC road testing site, call (609) 292-6500. You will need to bring your own registered and insured motorcycle to the road test. Once the road test has be successfully passed, you can go to a local NJ MVC office with the following:
Once the above criteria has been met, a Class E NJ motorcycle license will be issued. After at least 1 year with a probationary license, an unrestricted NJ motorcycle can be obtained. The NJ motorcycle license is valid for 4 years.
The process for getting your motorcycle endorsement in New Jersey differs based on whether you completed the New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Education Program's Basic Rider Course (BRC).
Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements with BRC Course Completion
Visit a local NJ MVC office and:
Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements without BRC Course Completion
Without enrolling in a BRC course, applicants must first obtain a motorcycle permit and meet permit requirements and pass the motorcycle road skills test before visiting a local NJ MVC office and:
In New Jersey, motorcycle education plays a large role in the motorcycle licensing process. Although not required for operators 18 years and older, taking a New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic RiderCourse (BRC) will waive the Motor Vehicle Commission’s written and road test to acquire a motorcycle endorsement.
The Basic RiderCourse consists of 15-20 hours of classroom and hands on instruction teaching beginner riders:
To learn more about the motorcycle education in New Jersey or if you are interested in enrolling in a course near you, visit https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/license/njridesafe/training-locations.html.
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