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!
To qualify for a motorcycle license in Virginia, you must:
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.
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
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:
After passing the exams and paying the fee, you'll receive your VA motorcycle permit.
Earning your permit is an important step toward getting your license, but there are certain restrictions while riding with a permit.
Permit Riding Restrictions
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles charges the following for motorcycle licenses and related services:
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.