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Motorcycle Endorsement
Overview

Motorcycle riderThis page provides information on obtaining a motorcycle endorsement.

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General Information

DMV issues a motorcycle endorsement to riders 16 years of age or older. A motorcycle endorsement allows the operation of any motorcycle. You are not required to get a motorcycle instruction permit prior to applying for a motorcycle endorsement.

To Qualify/Apply

You must apply in person at a DMV office, and you must:

Testing and Mandatory Rider Education Requirements

If you apply for a motorcycle endorsement and you do not have a valid motorcycle endorsement from another state, the District of Columbia, a United States Territory or a Canadian Province, you must complete an approved motorcycle rider education course. This requirement is effective based on the timeframes listed below:

If you apply for an original motorcycle endorsement on or after:
You must successfully complete a rider education course if you are:
January 1, 2014
Under 61
January 1, 2015
Any age

TEAM OREGON offers the only approved motorcycle rider education courses.

A TEAM OREGON Basic Rider Training (BRT) course completion card, dated within the last 2 years, waives both the motorcycle knowledge test and the motorcycle skills test. Riders under 21 years of age are required to take the BRT.

A TEAM OREGON Intermediate Rider Training (IRT) course completion card, dated within the last 2 years, waives only the motorcycle skills test. You must take the motorcycle knowledge test at DMV. Riders 21 years of age or older may take the IRT.

If you are not required to take a rider education course, you can still choose to take an approved rider education course for waiver of DMV test(s) as noted above.

If you are not required to and you do not take an approved rider education course or you apply for a 3-wheel restricted motorcycle endorsement, you must pass the motorcycle knowledge test and motorcycle skills test at DMV. There are no fees for the tests. Refer to the DMV Offices Offering Motorcycle Skills Tests page to find a testing location.

If you have a motorcycle-endorsed license from another state, the District of Columbia, a United States Territory or a Canadian Province, you must take the motorcycle knowledge test at DMV to get a motorcycle endorsement on your Oregon license. You are not required to take an approved rider education course. Please let our staff know that you want to keep your endorsement. If your license is issued without the endorsement and you wish to get it in the future, you may be required to take any test or course required for an original endorsement. You can verify that the motorcycle endorsement is on your license by looking for an M on the front of your license under Endorsement.

TEAM OREGON

Motorcycles Make Sense - So Does Professional Training
Motorcycles are fun to ride and easy to park. Unfortunately, many riders never learn the critical skills needed to ride safely.

Professional training for beginning and experienced riders prepares them for real-world traffic situations. Motorcycle training teaches and improves skills such as:

  • Effective turning;
  • Braking maneuvers;
  • Protective apparel selection;
  • Obstacle avoidance;
  • Traffic strategies; and
  • Maintenance.

Contact Information
For information about the Basic Rider Training, the Intermediate Rider Training, other rider training and the TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program, schedule and fees, visit the TEAM OREGON Web site or call TEAM OREGON toll free at (800) 545-9944.

Related Information

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