In May of 2025, to board an airplane, you will need a particular type of identification such as a passport or a Real ID-compliant driver license or ID card. Find out more about Real ID
. To switch to a Real ID-compliant license or ID card, you need to make an appointment
or visit a DMV office
for standby service.
There are 3 types of privileges issued to motorcycle riders:
- Motorcycle Instruction Permit;
- Motorcycle Endorsement; or
- Restricted (Three Wheel) Motorcycle Endorsement.
Who needs a Permit/Endorsement?
You need a motorcycle permit or endorsement if your “bike”:
- Goes over 30 mph on level ground; or
- Is over 50 cc.
For more information on motorcycles, mopeds, autocycles, off-road vehicles and their endorsement requirements, see the
Motorcycle & Moped Manual.
Motorcycle Instruction Permit
This permit allows you to ride a motorcycle with certain restrictions.
To get a permit, you must:
- Must be accompanied by, and under the supervision and visual observation of, a rider on a separate motorcycle who is at least 21 years of age and who has a valid motorcycle endorsement;
- Ride during daylight hours only; and
- No passengers.
For more information, see the
Motorcycle & Moped Manual.
This endorsement allows you to ride a 2-wheel motorcycle.
To get an endorsement, you must:
- Pass the rider education course from
- Basic Rider Training (BRT) will waive both the DMV knowledge and skills tests;
- Intermediate Rider Training (IRT) or online training courses, such as eRider, will only waive the skills tests, the DMV knowledge test is required;
- Decide if you need a Real ID;
Make an appointment or visit a
DMV office for standby service;
- Bring your TEAM OREGON completion card (if applicable);
- Show proof of your
residence address and identity (if you want a
Real ID you must bring
- Pass the motorcycle knowledge test (if required). The fee is $5 each time you take the test;
- Pass a vision test;
- Pay the
fees that apply; and
- Get your picture taken.
**Out of state? Call 503-945-5000
If you are temporarily living out of state, you may complete an approved Motorcycle Rider Education Course in that state. You must apply for a motorcycle endorsement within two years from when you complete the course, unless the course completion card expires sooner.
These courses are approved by DMV:
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) motorcycle rider education course;
- Idaho Skills Training Advantage for Riders (STAR);
- California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) Motorcyclist Training Course;
- Total Control Riding Clinic;
- Motorcycle Ohio Rider Enhancement (MORE); and
- Puget Sound Safety - Motorcycle Education Program (PSS-MEP)
Restricted (Three Wheel) Motorcycle Endorsement
This endorsement allows you to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle.
To get your endorsement, you must:
Who needs a helmet?
Every rider and passenger must wear a DOT approved helmet.
It’s the law.