Maryland

Maryland Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 3/15/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://mva.maryland.gov.

Operating a Motorcycle in Maryland

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

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

The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in Maryland is 15 years and 9 months old.  For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

Getting a Maryland Motorcycle License/Endorsement

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a Class M license to operate a motorcycle. 

Find out how to obtain a Maryland Class M license here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in Maryland

Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course.  In Maryland, it is not mandatory to complete a motorcycle safety course to obtain a Maryland Class M license unless you are under the age of 18. To find a Maryland Safety Program training center, click here. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.

Maryland Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

If you’re riding a motorcycle, you will have the same requirements regarding registration, licensing and insurance as all other drivers in Maryland.  For information about Maryland insurance requirements, visit the https://insurance.maryland.gov.

By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining a Maryland motorcycle license/endorsement. If you are a new resident in Maryland, 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 MD MVA requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in Maryland, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.

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