To operate a motorcycle in Michigan, individuals must at least 16 and have a valid driver’s license with a CY endorsement or have a valid Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP).
Michigan residents transferring an out-of-state or Canadian license must secure residency and employment before beginning the process of obtaining a Michigan driver’s license and CY endorsement.
After establishing employment and residency, visit a local Michigan Secretary of State office and take the following steps:
Upon completion of the above steps, you will be given a Temporary Operator’s Permit, which lets you drive in Michigan until your license arrives by mail. Once you obtain your Michigan driver’s license, you can add a CY endorsement.
Teen drivers will need to obtain a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL).
In Michigan, the Department of State issues beginning motorcycle riders a Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP). A TIP will allow the operator to practice riding a motorcycle on public roadways before obtaining the CY motorcycle endorsement.
A Temporary Instruction Permit stays valid for 180 days. A TIP can be renewed but you must complete the application process again.
Applicants 16 and 17 years old must take a motorcycle safety training course to obtain a permit. When applying for a TIP, you need to show proof of enrollment in an approved motorcycle safety course OR a completion card from an approved motorcycle safety course.
When operating a motorcycle with a Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP), the following restrictions apply:
After you have obtained your permit and feel confident in your riding skills, it is time to apply for CY motorcycle endorsement at a local Secretary of State office. CY endorsement requirements vary by the age of the rider.
Ages 16 & 17 CY Endorsement Requirements
Ages 18 & Older CY Endorsement Requirements
In order to take the on-cycle skills test, you will need a properly equipped, registered motorcycle and a helmet. If you ride the motorcycle to the exam, you must hold a TIP and be supervised by a licensed motorcycle operator who is at least 18 years old.
A certificate of completion from a motorcycle safety course will allow you to waive your skills test. Also note that if you fail your on-cycle skills test 2 times, you must complete a motorcycle safety course.
The Department of State lists a $5 fee for renewing a CY endorsement. However, it does not distinguish between the process of renewing a driver’s license and a motorcycle endorsement.
Stationed out of state as a member of the military may still obtain a CY endorsement on a Michigan license by taking the following steps:
The Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program offers motorcycle rider training courses to motorcycle operators 15 years old and older looking to gain experience and improve their riding skills.
Safety Course Completions is required under the following circumstances:
The Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program offers a full list of public and private sponsored classes. Several course levels are offered. The course should be chosen based on level of ability and experience.
Safety Course Costs:
In most cases, you can use a completion card from a motorcycle safety course taken in another state. However, cards from Idaho and Oregon will not be accepted unless the card indicated the program meets or exceeds the requirements of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic or Experienced Rider Course. Your out-of-state completion card is valid for 1 year from the date you completed the course.
Required Course Gear
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