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Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance for Virginia

Operating a Motorcycle in Virginia

To operate a motorcycle in Virginia, 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 Virginia resident to transfer your out-of-state license to Virginia. If you have a motorcycle license or endorsement that needs to be transferred, the process is the same as switching over your driver's license. Just make sure to check off the box to transfer your motorcycle license to Virginia, too!

Virginia Motorcycle Endorsement Eligibility

To qualify for a motorcycle license in Virginia, you must:

  • Be over 15 years old and 6 months to apply for a permit
  • Applicants under 18 years old must also complete a driver's education program
  • Pass a motorcycle knowledge exam. (Permit Received)
  • Pass a motorcycle skills test
  • Pay the applicable motorcycle licensing fee

You can enroll in a Virginia Rider Training Program to skip out on the permit process and DMV testing as long as you are at least 19 years old.

Virginia also offers a motorcycle-only license, which prohibits you from driving any vehicle other than a motorcycle. To earn one, you'll need to follow the same steps listed above, but take a different knowledge exam.

Virginia Motorcycle Permit Process

You can skip this step by enrolling in a motorcycle rider training program, as long as you are at least 19 years old.

All others must do the following:

Go to VA DMV Location

  • Pass Vision Exam
  • Complete Motorcycle Knowledge Test
  • Pay $3 Permit Fee

The Department of Motor Vehicles also offers a knowledge exam that includes questions from BOTH the standard Virginia Driver's Manual and the Virginia Motorcycle Manual. Written Exam is required under the following circumstances:

  • Applicant does NOT currently have a regular driver's license or learner's permit.
  • Applicant is applying for a motorcycle-only license. This will restrict you from driving any type of vehicle besides a motorcycle.

After passing the exams and paying the fee, you'll receive your VA motorcycle permit.

Virginia Motorcycle Permit Limitations

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

Permit Riding Restrictions

  • Be under the supervision of someone who:
    • Is at least 21 years old. *
    • Has a motorcycle license
    • Accompanies you on a separate motorcycle.
    • *At least 18 if a parent or guardian with a valid VA motorcycle license
  • Wear an approved helmet.
  • Have on the proper eye and face protection.
  • Ride between 4 a.m. and 12 a.m. only

You'll be able to take your VA motorcycle skills test after having your permit for:

  • At least 30 days, if you're 18 years old or older.
  • At least 9 months, if you're under 18 years old.

If you don't feel ready to move on at that point, it's okay! Your permit will be valid for 1 year.

Virginia Motorcycle Skills Test

One step remains between you and your motorcycle license – the skills test.

This step can be skipped by passing a Virginia Rider Training Program Course —provided you're at least 19 years old. If you decide to take the DMV testing route, visit a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Center that offers on-road motorcycle testing.

Requirements for On-Road Motorcycle Test

  • Valid Virginia Motorcycle Permit (have with you)
  • Approved Riding Gear
    • Helmet
    • Face shield
    • Safety Glasses/Goggles
  • Approved Motorcycle
    • Valid License Plates
    • Valid Inspection Sticker
  • Motorcycle Licensing Fee

Motorcycle Rider Training Programs

Passing an approved motorcycle rider training course allows you to bypass DMV testing. To enroll, you'll have to contact one of the Virginia Motorcycle Training Programs listed on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website.

After passing the course, you'll be given a certificate of completion. Don't lose it! You can use it to ride your motorcycle for 30 days without a permit, as long as you:

  • Are at least 19 years old.
  • Have a Virginia driver's license.

You must visit a Virginia DMV location within 30 days of the course completion to obtain your motorcycle license. Required Documentation for Virginia Motorcycle License:

  • Certificate of Safety Course Completion
  • Valid Virginia Driver's License
  • Motorcycle Licensing Fee

If you're under 18 years old, you'll have to get a motorcycle permit and hold it for at least 9 months before you'll be eligible for a VA motorcycle license, regardless of whether you pass the training course.

Virginia Motorcycle Permit and License Fees

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles charges the following for motorcycle licenses and related services:

  • Motorcycle learner's permit: $3.
  • Motorcycle endorsement: $2 for each 1 year the license is valid. Will be prorated for applicants who already have VA driver's licenses.
  • Motorcycle-only license (prohibits holder from driving any other type of vehicle): $6 for each 1 year the license is valid. License is valid for 8 years.

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Virginia Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

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

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