How to Get a Motorcycle License

October 1st, 2018 by

Motorcycle rider
Dreaming of riding down those Thornton and Westminister roads on a brand-new motorcycle? Chances are you’ve probably looked into how to get your motorcycle license. So, if you have questions like, “Can you get a motorcycle license without a driver’s license?” or “What is the motorcycle license age requirement?” our team at Erico Motorsports is here to answer all of your questions about the process. Learn how to get a motorcycle license below!

Do You Need a Motorcycle License?

The state of Colorado does not have a separate Colorado motorcycle license card. Instead, the state issues an endorsement on your existing driver’s license with either an “M” or a “3.” If you get an “M” on your license, you can drive any type of motorcycle. The “3” allows you to drive motorcycles with three wheels only. Therefore, you must have a driver’s license to drive a motorcycle.

What Are the Motorcycle License Requirements?

Prior to receiving your motorcycle driver’s license, you must complete a few steps. To obtain an “M” endorsement on your driver’s license, you must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid Colorado license. There are two different ways to acquire the endorsement on your license:

  1. Take the motorcycle written exam, and purchase a motorcycle instruction permit after passing. Then, schedule a motorcycle drive skills test. Once you pass that test, you can purchase a new driver license to add the motorcycle endorsement at a driver license office.
  2. Complete a Motorcycle Operator Safety Training course, and bring proof that you completed the program to the DMV. Then, you can purchase a new driver license that displays your newly-acquired motorcycle endorsement.

If you are under the age of 18, you must have held a motorcycle instruction permit for 12 months in order to obtain the motorcycle endorsement.

How Much is a Motorcycle License?

If you opt for the motorcyclist permit, the cost for the permit is $16.80. To get the endorsement on your license when you take a road test, you must pay $28 for a new license and $2 for the “M” endorsement.

Do You Need a Motorcycle License to Drive a Scooter?

While low-power scooters (50cc and under), such as mopeds, are not categorized as a motorcycle, driver’s licenses are required to drive one. However, you do not need a motorcycle endorsement to drive a scooter.

Learn More from Our Team at Erico Motorsports

To learn more about all things motorcycle-related, including motorcycle insurance requirements and what’s considered “high mileage” on a used bike, contact our team at Erico Motorsports near Aurora. We are happy to answer any questions, whether you want to know more about obtaining a motorcycle endorsement on your license or you’re interested in a specific motorcycle in our inventory of new bikes!

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