Kentucky

Kentucky Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License, Permits, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 5/10/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://drive.ky.gov/.

Operating a Motorcycle in Kentucky

In order to operate a motorcycle in the state of Kentucky you must:

  • Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
  • Obtain a Kentucky motorcycle license (you may also need to obtain a motorcycle instruction permit)
  • Register your motorcycle with the state of Kentucky
  • Obtain insurance coverage that meets Kentucky state requirements

The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in Kentucky is 18 years old, unless the person has a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

Getting a Kentucky Motorcycle License

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a motorcycle license to operate a motorcycle. 

Find out how to obtain a Kentucky Class M Motorcycle License here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in Kentucky

Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course. In Kentucky, it is mandatory for all first-time riders to complete a motorcycle safety course with instruction provided by the Motorcycle Safety Education Program (MSEP) to obtain a Kentucky Class M motorcycle license. To find a Kentucky Motorcycle Safety Education Program, click here. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.

Kentucky Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

If you’re riding a motorcycle, you will have many of the same requirements regarding registration, licensing and insurance as automobile drivers have in Kentucky. For information about Kentucky insurance requirements, visit https://insurance.ky.gov/ppc/new_default.aspx.

By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining a Kentucky motorcycle license. If you are a new resident in Kentucky, or you are a new rider and you’re shopping for motorcycle insurance, click here to get a quote in minutes.

Disclaimer: The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should review the links within this article, or contact the relevant state agency, for complete and current information.

The KY KYTC requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in Kentucky, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.

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