Ohio

Ohio Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 3/26/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.bmv.ohio.gov.

Operating a Motorcycle in Ohio

In order to operate a motorcycle in the state of Ohio you must:

  • Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
  • Obtain an Ohio motorcycle license or endorsement (in some instances you may need to obtain a learner’s permit)
  • Register your motorcycle with the state of Ohio
  • Obtain insurance coverage that meets Ohio state requirements

The minimum age requirement to operator a motorcycle in Ohio is 15 years and 6 months old.  For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

Getting an Ohio Motorcycle License / Endorsement

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must hold a valid motorcycle or motor scooter license or endorsement to operate a motorcycle. 

Find out how to obtain an Ohio motorcycle license/endorsement here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in Ohio

Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course.  In Ohio, it is not mandatory to complete a motorcycle safety course to obtain a motorcycle license unless you are under the age of 18. To find an Ohio training site, click here. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.

Ohio Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

If you’re riding a motorcycle, you will have many of the same requirements regarding registration, licensing and insurance as automobile drivers have in Ohio.  For information about Ohio insurance requirements, visit the https://insurance.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odi.

By now, you should have a good idea about how to obtain an Ohio motorcycle license/endorsement. If you are a new resident in Ohio, or you are a new rider and you’re shopping for motorcycle insurance, click here to get a quote in minutes.

Disclaimer: The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should review the links within this article, or contact the relevant state agency, for complete and current information.

The Ohio BMV requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in Ohio, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.

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