Minnesota

Minnesota Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 4/13/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx.

Operating a Motorcycle in Minnesota

To operate a motorcycle legally in the state of Minnesota, all riders are required to:

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

The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in Minnesota is 16 years old.  For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

Getting a Minnesota Motorcycle License Endorsement

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a motorcycle license endorsement to operate a motorcycle.

Find out how to obtain a Minnesota motorcycle license endorsement here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in Minnesota

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

Minnesota 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 Minnesota. For information about Minnesota insurance requirements, visit https://mn.gov.

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

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