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How To Get A License To Ride Your Motorcycle?

Have you recently bought a new motorcycle and now you are ready to hit the road with it? In order to do so you have to have a motorcycle license or at least an instruction permit. Here is information on how to get a license so you can ride your motorcycle legally.

Who needs a license?

Under many state laws, anyone who rides a two- or three-wheeled motorcycle must have a license in order to do so legally. Many states have different types of conditions that identify who does and does not need a license. 

One of the most common factors used to determine whether or not a license is needed is the size of the engine. In many states, if the engine is larger than 50cc, a license is required to operate the motorcycle. For more information you can visit

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Some states simply require that a license be needed for all motorcycles, regardless of engine size. To be sure of the rules in your state, check with your local department of transportation for all engine size requirements.

What are the requirements?

Requirements as to who must complete what varies from state to state. Most states require that you first obtain an instruction permit. If you are 16 and under 18, you will likely need parental consent to go through the licensing process. 

Passengers are generally required to provide proof of residence and age, either with a photo ID or another form of identification. If they have an instruction permit from another state, bicyclists generally do not meet the safety course requirements. For full details on what is required in your state, check with your local DMV.