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Motorcycle Instruction Permit

Motorcycles ridersThis page provides information about motorcycle instruction permits.

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General Information

DMV issues a motorcycle instruction permit to riders 16 years of age or older. A motorcycle instruction permit allows you to operate a motorcycle with specific riding restrictions. You are not required to get a motorcycle instruction permit prior to applying for a motorcycle endorsement.

Riding Restrictions

A motorcycle instruction permit allows operation of a motorcycle only when you are in the company and under the supervision and visual observation of a person who:

  • Is at least 21 years of age;
  • Has a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement; and
  • Is riding a separate motorcycle.

Additional restrictions:

  • You can only ride a motorcycle during daylight hours;
  • It is unlawful for you to carry a passenger; and
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
How to Apply
After you meet the requirements, you are issued an interim card to use until you receive your motorcycle instruction permit in the mail.

A motorcycle instruction permit is valid for one year from the date it is issued.

DMV does not send a notice when your motorcycle instruction permit is about to expire.

If your motorcycle instruction permit is expired or about to expire, you may apply for another permit. The new permit is valid for one year from the date it is issued.

To apply for another motorcycle instruction permit, you must surrender your motorcycle instruction permit and follow the instructions in the section How to Apply. You are not required to take the motorcycle knowledge test unless your permit is expired for one year or more.


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.

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