West Virginia

West Virginia Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License, Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 5/12/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://transportation.wv.gov/dmv/.

Operating a Motorcycle in West Virginia

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

  • Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
  • Obtain an West Virginia motorcycle license or license endorsement (you may also need to obtain a motorcycle instruction permit)
  • Register your motorcycle with the state of West Virginia
  • Obtain insurance coverage that meets West Virginia state requirements

The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in West Virginia is 16 years old. For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

Getting a West Virginia Motorcycle License Endorsement

According to the West Virginia Transportation Department Division of Motor Vehicles, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a motorcycle license endorsement to operate a motorcycle. 

Find out how to obtain a West Virginia Class F Motorcycle License Endorsement or Class F Motorcycle only License here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in West Virginia

Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course. In West Virginia, it is not mandatory to complete a motorcycle safety course to obtain a West Virginia Class F motorcycle license endorsement or Class F Motorcycle Only License. To find a West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program, click here. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.

West Virginia 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 West Virginia. For information about West Virginia insurance requirements, visit https://www.wvinsurance.gov/.   

By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining a West Virginia motorcycle only license or license endorsement. If you are a new resident in West Virginia, 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 WV DMV requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in West Virginia, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.

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