To operate a motorcycle in Ohio, operators must have a valid driver’s license with a valid motorcycle license or endorsement or have a valid motorcycle Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card while riding with an approved supervisory rider.
To qualify for a motorcycle license in Ohio, you must visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV):
Ohio motorcycle license requirements vary by age and license type.
The Ohio BMV offers several different types of motorcycle licenses:
If you are under the age of 18, a parent, guardian, or a person who has legal custody must accompany you to the deputy registrar's agency.
For a moped, scooter, or motorized bicycle, check out our guide for other two-wheeled vehicles, where you will find licensing information on mopeds, scooters, mini-motorcycles and motorized bicycles.
To apply for an Ohio TIPIC, the rider must be 15 years, 6 months and pass the motorcycle or motor scooter knowledge test and a vision screening. Prior to taking the test, the applicant must provide proof of the following:
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The test will cover the basic fundamentals of your learned capabilities to be a safe and responsible motorcyclist. Listed below are several publications that will help you learn the necessary knowledge to confidently pass your written test:
Once the knowledge and vision test have been passed, the applicant must visit the deputy registrar license agency to purchase a motorcycle or motor scooter TIPIC within 60 days of passing the test. The following proof must be provided by the applicant:
For applicants under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign permission for the TIPIC.
The TIPIC is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Once expired, the rider must start over. The TIPIC must be carried at all times when operating a motorcycle or motor scooter.
Once properly prepared, the rider can schedule the skills test needed to obtain a motorcycle license. To waive this requirement, the rider can complete a Motorcycle Ohio course as long as it is within 60 days of applying for the license. The test will take place on an off-street location. The rider must bring the following to the skills test:
Ohio's motorcycle skills test is designed to ensure you can and will be safe while riding your motorcycle in normal riding conditions and select extreme situations. The test will evaluate:
Examiners may score on factors related to safety such as:
If the test is failed, the rider must wait one week to retake the test.
Once passed, the applicant get proceed to the deputy registrar to purchase the motorcycle or motor scooter license before the expiration of the TIPIC. You will need to pay the fee and surrender your Ohio driver’s license. The deputy will re-issue a new license with the motorcycle endorsement. Unless you are under the age of 21, the expiration date of your license will remain the same. When adding a motorcycle endorsement to your Ohio license while within your renewal period, the endorsement is added at no additional charge.
You'll be able to take your VA motorcycle skills test after having your permit for:
If you don't feel ready to move on at that point, it's okay! Your permit will be valid for 1 year.
The DMV requires motorcyclists to have current insurance coverage that meets the state's minimum requirements. Before riding, make sure your coverage meets Ohio’s minimum requirements. Get a motorcycle insurance quote in minutes here.