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Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for New Jersey

Operating a Motorcycle in New Jersey

To operate a motorcycle in New Jersey, operators must have a valid driver’s license with a Class M designation or have a valid motorcycle permit while riding with an approved supervisory rider.

You have 60 days after becoming a New Jersey resident to transfer your out-of-state license to New Jersey. To transfer your motorcycle license, visit any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office and:

  • Surrender your out-of-state credentials
  • You must provide the following:
  • Applicable New Jersey motorcycle permit and licensing fees.
  • You will also need to pass the written and road exams if your out-of-state license is expired.

Types of New Jersey Motorcycle Credentials

In New Jersey, you can apply for one of the following motorcycle licenses:

  • Motorcycle license (only if you do not already have a standard driver’s license)
  • Motorcycle Endorsement to be added to your current NJ driver’s license

New Jersey Motorcycle Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a New Jersey motorcycle license or endorsement, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old (If you under the age of 18, you must have your parent or legal guardian’s consent to apply)
  • Earn a New Jersey motorcycle permit
  • Pass the NJ Motorcycle Vehicle Commissions motorcycle road test.
  • Complete a NJ Basic Rider Course (BRC).
    • Required for all under the age of 18
    • Completions of the BRC will waive the MVC motorcycle road test for motorcycle endorsement applicants

New Jersey Motorcycle Permit Process

The first step to getting your New Jersey motorcycle license is earning your motorcycle permit. You must be 17 years old to apply. Visit your local NJ Motor Vehicle Commission office and:

  • Submit a completed Motorcycle Permit Application (provided by MVC)
  • Provide Proof of Identity
  • Provide Proof of NJ residency
  • Take Vision Screening
  • Pass Written Motorcycle Knowledge Test (Use the New Jersey Motorcycle Manual to prepare)
  • Pay $5 permit fee

You will need to pay the applicable motorcycle permit fees and pass the following:

  • Vision screening
  • Written knowledge exam

If you are enrolled in a NJ BRC motorcycle course, you do not need to obtain your motorcycle permit before taking the course.

New Jersey Motorcycle Permit Requirements and Limitations

Earning your permit is an important step toward getting your license, but there are certain requirements and restrictions while operating a motorcycle with a motorcycle permit.

All New Jersey Motorcycle Permit Holders are prohibited from riding:

  • Between sunset and sunrise
  • Riding with passengers
  • Using state toll roads or limited –access highways.

New Jersey Permit Length Requirements

New Jersey permit holders are required to have their permit for certain length of time before attempting to acquire a motorcycle license or endorsement.

Permit holding time for motorcycle license:

  • Under the age of 21 – At least 6 months
  • Age 21 and over – At least 3 months

Permit holding time for motorcycle endorsement - At least 20 days

Getting a New Jersey Motorcycle License

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to complete a MSEP Basic Rider course before scheduling a motorcycle skills road test. Adult applicants are not required to complete the course, however it is beneficial.

To schedule an appointment with a MVC road testing site, call (609) 292-6500. You will need to bring your own registered and insured motorcycle to the road test. Once the road test has be successfully passed, you can go to a local NJ MVC office with the following:

  • Valid New Jersey Motorcycle Permit
  • Certificate of MSEP course completion (if applicable)
  • Proof of your identity and New Jersey residency
  • $24 motorcycle license fee

Once the above criteria has been met, a Class E NJ motorcycle license will be issued. After at least 1 year with a probationary license, an unrestricted NJ motorcycle can be obtained. The NJ motorcycle license is valid for 4 years.

Getting a New Jersey Motorcycle Endorsement

The process for getting your motorcycle endorsement in New Jersey differs based on whether you completed the New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Education Program's Basic Rider Course (BRC).

Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements with BRC Course Completion

Visit a local NJ MVC office and:

  • Provide Certificate of BRC course completion
  • Provide Proof of Identity and NJ residency
  • Pass Vision Test
  • Pay $18 Motorcycle Endorsement Fee

Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements without BRC Course Completion

Without enrolling in a BRC course, applicants must first obtain a motorcycle permit and meet permit requirements and pass the motorcycle road skills test before visiting a local NJ MVC office and:

  • Provide proof of passed motorcycle road skills test
  • Provide Proof of Identity and NJ residency
  • Pay $18 Motorcycle Endorsement Fee

Motorcycle Education in New Jersey

In New Jersey, motorcycle education plays a large role in the motorcycle licensing process. Although not required for operators 18 years and older, taking a New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic RiderCourse (BRC) will waive the Motor Vehicle Commission’s written and road test to acquire a motorcycle endorsement.

The Basic RiderCourse consists of 15-20 hours of classroom and hands on instruction teaching beginner riders:

  • Motorcycle operation
  • Straight line riding
  • Turning, Shifting and Stopping
  • Safe riding strategies

To learn more about the motorcycle education in New Jersey or if you are interested in enrolling in a course near you, visit https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/license/njridesafe/training-locations.html.

New Jersey Motorcycle Permit, License and Endorsement Fees

  • Motorcycle Permit: $5
  • Motorcycle (Class E) License: $24
  • Motorcycle Endorsement: $18

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New Jersey Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

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