Iowa Motorcycle Licensing
Motorcycle License, Training & Insurance
Operating a Motorcycle in Iowa
In order to operate a motorcycle in the state of Iowa you must:
- Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
- Obtain an Iowa motorcycle license endorsement or motorcycle only license (you may also need to obtain a motorcycle instruction permit)
- Register your motorcycle with the state of Iowa
- Obtain insurance coverage that meets Iowa state requirements
The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in Iowa is 14 years old. For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.
Getting an Iowa Motorcycle License / Endorsement
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a motorcycle license endorsement or a Class M – Motorcycle License Only to operate a motorcycle.
Find out how to obtain an Iowa Motorcycle License Endorsement or Class M Motorcycle License Only here.
Motorcycle Education & Training in Iowa
Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course. In Iowa, it is not mandatory to complete a motorcycle safety course to obtain an Iowa license endorsement or Class M – motorcycle license only, unless you are under the age of 18. To find an Iowa Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MRE) training center, click here. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.
Iowa 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 Iowa. For information about Iowa insurance requirements, visit https://iid.iowa.gov/.
By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining an Iowa motorcycle license/endorsement. If you are a new resident in Iowa, 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 Iowa ID requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in Iowa, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.
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