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Ohio Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for Ohio

Operating a Motorcycle in Ohio

To operate a motorcycle in Ohio, operators must have a valid driver’s license with a valid motorcycle license or endorsement or have a valid motorcycle Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card while riding with an approved supervisory rider.

Ohio Motorcycle License Eligibility

To qualify for a motorcycle license in Ohio, you must visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV):

  • Be over 15 years old and 6 months to apply for a permit.
  • Provide required proof of identity
  • Pass a motorcycle knowledge exam
  • Complete Basic Rider’s Course and /or pass the skills test
  • Pay the applicable motorcycle licensing fee (Varies depending on age/type)

Ohio motorcycle license requirements vary by age and license type.

Types of Ohio Motorcycle License

The Ohio BMV offers several different types of motorcycle licenses:

  • A TIPIC (Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card)
  • A License is a restricted driver's license, which authorizes the holder to operate motorcycles only.
  • A Motorcycle Endorsement is an add-on permit issued to persons who already hold a current, valid Ohio driver license. It authorizes the holder to operate motorcycles in addition to other types of vehicles.

If you are under the age of 18, a parent, guardian, or a person who has legal custody must accompany you to the deputy registrar's agency.

For a moped, scooter, or motorized bicycle, check out our guide for other two-wheeled vehicles, where you will find licensing information on mopeds, scooters, mini-motorcycles and motorized bicycles.

Ohio Motorcycle or Motor Scooter Temporary Instruction Permit (TIPIC) Requirements

To apply for an Ohio TIPIC, the rider must be 15 years, 6 months and pass the motorcycle or motor scooter knowledge test and a vision screening. Prior to taking the test, the applicant must provide proof of the following:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number (if assigned)

Click here for information about acceptable documents

Preparing for the Ohio Written Motorcycle Knowledge Test

The test will cover the basic fundamentals of your learned capabilities to be a safe and responsible motorcyclist. Listed below are several publications that will help you learn the necessary knowledge to confidently pass your written test:

  • Ohio Digest Motor Vehicles Laws
  • Motorcycle Operations Manual
  • Basic Rider Course: Basic Handbook

Once the knowledge and vision test have been passed, the applicant must visit the deputy registrar license agency to purchase a motorcycle or motor scooter TIPIC within 60 days of passing the test. The following proof must be provided by the applicant:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number (if assigned)
  • Ohio Residency
  • Citizenship or legal presence

For applicants under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign permission for the TIPIC.

Ohio Motorcycle or Motor Scooter Temporary Instruction Permit (TIPIC) Restrictions

The TIPIC is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Once expired, the rider must start over. The TIPIC must be carried at all times when operating a motorcycle or motor scooter.

  • Daylight Riding Hours Only
  • No Riding with Passengers
  • Interstate or Congested Roads Prohibited
  • Must Wear Helmet and Protective Eyewear

Ohio Motorcycle or Motor Scooter License or Endorsement Requirements

Once properly prepared, the rider can schedule the skills test needed to obtain a motorcycle license. To waive this requirement, the rider can complete a Motorcycle Ohio course as long as it is within 60 days of applying for the license. The test will take place on an off-street location. The rider must bring the following to the skills test:

  • A Valid TIPIC
  • Helmet & Protective Eyewear
  • A Street-Legal Motorcycle or Motor Scooter in Safe Working Condition

Preparing for the Ohio Motorcycle Road Skills Test

Ohio's motorcycle skills test is designed to ensure you can and will be safe while riding your motorcycle in normal riding conditions and select extreme situations. The test will evaluate:

  • Your basic vehicle control and crash avoidance skills.
  • Your skill in handling normal and hazardous traffic situations.
  • Knowledge of your motorcycle and your riding limits.
  • Safe acceleration, braking and turning.
  • Your abilities to see, be seen and communicate with others.
  • Abilities in adjusting speed and position to the traffic situation.
  • Skills in stopping, turning and having to swerve quickly.
  • Making critical decisions and carrying them out.

Examiners may score on factors related to safety such as:

  • Selecting safe speeds to perform maneuvers.
  • Choosing the correct path and staying within boundaries.
  • Completing normal and quick stops.
  • Completing normal and quick turns or swerves.

If the test is failed, the rider must wait one week to retake the test.

Once passed, the applicant get proceed to the deputy registrar to purchase the motorcycle or motor scooter license before the expiration of the TIPIC. You will need to pay the fee and surrender your Ohio driver’s license. The deputy will re-issue a new license with the motorcycle endorsement. Unless you are under the age of 21, the expiration date of your license will remain the same. When adding a motorcycle endorsement to your Ohio license while within your renewal period, the endorsement is added at no additional charge.

You'll be able to take your VA motorcycle skills test after having your permit for:

  • At least 30 days, if you're 18 years old or older.
  • At least 9 months, if you're under 18 years old.

If you don't feel ready to move on at that point, it's okay! Your permit will be valid for 1 year.

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Ohio Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

The DMV requires motorcyclists to have current insurance coverage that meets the state's minimum requirements. Before riding, make sure your coverage meets Ohio’s minimum requirements. Get a motorcycle insurance quote in minutes here.

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