To operate a motorcycle in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania resident to transfer your out-of-state license to Pennsylvania. To transfer your motorcycle license, visit any Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver license office and:
To qualify for a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, you must:
The first step to getting your Pennsylvania motorcycle license is earning your motorcycle permit. You must be 16 years old to apply. Visit your local PennDOT office that conducts motorcycle knowledge testing and have the following ready:
You will need to pay the applicable motorcycle permit fees and pass the following:
You can prepare for the written test by studying PennDOT's motorcycle manual and taking an online practice test.
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.
Permit Riding Requirements and Restrictions for operators younger than 18 years old:
All Pennsylvania Motorcycle Permit Holders are prohibited from riding:
You need to be at 16 years old and be able to provide a certificate of completion of a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program Course or written proof that you have passed the PA Department of Transportation motorcycle road skills test.
When you are ready to obtain your PA motorcycle license, visit your local PennDOT drivers licensing office and present the above documentations along with the following:
Although not required for operators 18 years and older, taking a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) course will make getting your motorcycle license easier and make you a safer motorcycle rider.
Completing the PAMSP Basic motorcycle course allows you to waive the PennDOT road skills test and covers topics including:
To learn more about the motorcycle education in Pennsylvania or if you are interested in enrolling in an course near you, visit https://www.pamsp.com or call (800) 845-9533.
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