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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for Pennsylvania

Operating a Motorcycle in Pennsylvania

To operate a motorcycle in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania resident to transfer your out-of-state license to Pennsylvania. To transfer your motorcycle license, visit any Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver license office and:

  • Surrender your out-of-state credentials
  • Submit a completed Application for Pennsylvania Non-Commercial Driver’s License by Out-of-State Non CDL Driver. ** If you are under 18 years old, your parent, guardian, or spouse if they're at least 18 years old MUST sign this form in front of an examiner at the driver license center OR have it notarized.
  • Pass a vision screening
  • You must provide the following:
    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Proof of Identity
    • Proof of Pennsylvania Residency
  • Applicable Pennsylvania motorcycle licensing fees.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Endorsement Eligibility

To qualify for a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old -
  • Earn a Pennsylvania motorcycle permit
  • Enroll in a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) education course.
    • Taking a PAMSP course isn't required IF you're at least 18 years old.
    • Completing a PAMSP course will waive PennDOT's motorcycle road skills test requirement for any applicant.
  • Pass the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's motorcycle road exam. (Waived if the education course is passed.)

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Permit Process

The first step to getting your Pennsylvania motorcycle license is earning your motorcycle permit. You must be 16 years old to apply. Visit your local PennDOT office that conducts motorcycle knowledge testing and have the following ready:

  • A completed Motorcycle Learner's Permit Application (If you're younger than 18 years old, the signature of your parent, legal guardian, or your spouse, who is at least 18 years old - MUST be notarized)
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of PA residency
  • Social Security Number

You will need to pay the applicable motorcycle permit fees and pass the following:

  • Vision screening
  • Written knowledge exam

You can prepare for the written test by studying PennDOT's motorcycle manual and taking an online practice test.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Permit Requirements and Limitations

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.

Permit Riding Requirements and Restrictions for operators younger than 18 years old:

  • Hold a motorcycle permit for at least 6 months.
  • Complete 65 hours of supervised riding practice.
  • Enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Rider Course* *Completing a motorcycle education class will count as 15 hours towards your required practice, AND will allow you to waive PennDOT's motorcycle road test.

All Pennsylvania Motorcycle Permit Holders are prohibited from riding:

  • Between sunset and sunrise
  • Without a supervising adult who also holds a Class M, motorcycle license
  • With passengers

Getting a Pennsylvania Motorcycle License

You need to be at 16 years old and be able to provide a certificate of completion of a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program Course or written proof that you have passed the PA Department of Transportation motorcycle road skills test.

When you are ready to obtain your PA motorcycle license, visit your local PennDOT drivers licensing office and present the above documentations along with the following:

  • Proof of your identity and Pennsylvania residency
  • Social Security Number
  • Valid Pennsylvania Motorcycle Permit.

PAMSP Motorcycle Education Courses

Although not required for operators 18 years and older, taking a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) course will make getting your motorcycle license easier and make you a safer motorcycle rider.

Completing the PAMSP Basic motorcycle course allows you to waive the PennDOT road skills test and covers topics including:

  • Understanding how motorcycles turn
  • Proper cornering strategies
  • Emergency crash avoidance

To learn more about the motorcycle education in Pennsylvania or if you are interested in enrolling in an course near you, visit http://www.pamsp.com or call (800) 845-9533.

PA Motorcycle Permit and License Fees

  • Transfer out-of-state motorcycle credentials:
    • Pennsylvania Class M license valid for 2 years - $30.50
    • Pennsylvania Class M license valid for 4 years - $50.50
  • Initial Motorcycle Permit and 4 year license: $50.50
  • Initial Motorcycle Permit and 2 year license (age 65+): $35.00
  • Adding, Extending or Replacing Motorcycle Permit: $10.00

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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

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