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Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for Maryland

Operating a Motorcycle in Maryland

To operate a motorcycle in Maryland, individuals must at least 16 and obtain for a motorcycle license or endorsement on your current driver's license.

You have 60 days after becoming a Maryland resident to transfer your out-of-state license to a Maryland licensed with a motorcycle endorsement through the Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. To do so, visit a local MD MVA office and:

  • Provide your current motorcycle license / endorsement
  • Give proof of your identity and Maryland residency
  • Pass Vision Exam

If your motorcycle license or endorsement has been expired for over a year, you will be required to:

  • Pass the Maryland written motorcycle test
  • Pass the Maryland road exam

If you younger than age 18, a completion certificate from a state-approved motorcycle safety program is also required. First time licensees are required to take an approved driver’s education course regardless of age. Additional fees may apply when transferring an out-of-state motorcycle license.

Maryland Motorcycle Endorsement Eligibility

To get a Maryland motorcycle license, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years and 6 months old
  • Applicants under 18 years old must complete a motorcycle safety course
  • Complete a driver education course.*
  • Adhere to Maryland's graduated licensing system.
  • Pass a written test (You will earn your permit at this point. You can apply for a permit if you are at least 15 years and 9 months old)
  • Take the road test
  • Pay the appropriate motorcycle licensing fees.

You can also choose to bypass the MVA all together by enrolling in a motorcycle safety course. Passing one will allow you to waive your MD motorcycle knowledge and skills exams.

* All new drivers, regardless of age, must complete an approved driver's education course.

Maryland Motorcycle Permit

Unless you take a motorcycle education course, find a full service Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and:

  • Bring the following:
    • Maryland Driver’s License
    • Safety Course Completion (required only if you are under 18 or never had a Maryland license)
  • Take the following:
    • Vision Test
    • Road Signs Exam
    • Written Motorcycle Test

You'll also have to take the written test for a Maryland driver's license and bring your residency and identification documents if you:

  • Have a license that is of a different class, has been expired for over 1 year or you have never held a Maryland driver’s license.

Maryland Motorcycle Permit Restrictions

Your motorcycle permit allows you to practice your road skills, however there are rules that need to be followed.

Maryland motorcycle permit holders are restricted from riding unless under the supervision of someone who is at least 21 and has had a motorcycle license for at least 3 years.

Passengers are only permitted if they meet the above requirements.

Getting a Maryland Motorcycle License

The required skills test is completed on a closed course and evaluate the rider’s ability to safely operate your motorcycle in and out of turns, stops, and other maneuvers. The skills test can either be taken through the MVA or through a motorcycle safety course. Remember anyone under 18 is required to take the course.

Items to bring with you if you are taking the skills test through MD MVA.

  • Your Valid Maryland Driver’s License
  • Appropriate Motorcycle Licensing Fee

Once you pass the skills exam and pay the licensing fee, a new Maryland license will be mailed to you with the motorcycle endorsement and should be received within 7 business days. While waiting for the license to arrive in the mail, use the “interim receipt” as your license.

If you fail your skills test, you can schedule a retest for as soon as the following day as long as the MVA has an available appointment. If you do not pass the second time, you must wait 7 calendar days before trying again.

Motorcycle Safety Course Licensing Process

Once you have passed your motorcycle safety course, you will be issued a safety course completion certificate. Once you have it you are ready to get your license.

Visit your local Maryland MVA office and bring the following to get your motorcycle license:

  • Valid Maryland Driver’s License
  • Safety Course Completion Certificate
  • Proof of:
    • Age
    • Identity
    • Lawful Status
    • Social Security Number
    • Maryland Residency
  • Appropriate Motorcycle Licensing Fee

Your Maryland Motorcycle License will be send by mail within 7 business days.

Maryland Motorcycle Safety Course

There are several ways for you to secure a motorcycle license in Maryland.

Passing an approved motorcycle safety course waive the skills test through the Motor Vehicle Administration, as long as you already have a Maryland driver's license. If you're younger than 18 years old, passing the motorcycle safety course is required before you can officially begin the licensing process. The course is optional for everyone else.

To participate, you'll have to find a Maryland State-Approved Training Center. Make sure to call ahead and ask about fees. Course prices vary, depending on the program.

Maryland Motorcycle License Fees

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration bases licensing fees on the following:

  • Age of Applicant
  • License Term

Maryland Motorcycle Fees by Age and Type of License:

  • Motorcycle Only License
    • Under Age 21: $9 for every 1 year valid
    • Age 21 & Older: $9 for every 1 year valid (up to $72 total)
  • Motorcycle Endorsement on Maryland CDL driver’s license: $45

Additional fee information can be found here.

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Maryland Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

The Maryland MVA requires motorcyclists to have current insurance coverage that meets the state's minimum requirements, or to have proof that the driver meets Maryland’s other financial responsibility standards. Before riding, make sure your coverage meets Maryland’s minimum requirements. Get a motorcycle insurance quote in minutes here.

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