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PA – Motorcycle Information Center

Looking for more information about getting a motorcycle licence? wanted to know more about Pennsylvania laws, Rider Safety Programs?

How to Obtain Your Motorcycle License

To obtain a Class M (Motorcycle) license, an individual must pass a basic motorcycle knowledge test and apply for a Class M learner’s permit. The learner’s permit allows the applicant to ride only between sunrise and sunset and, except for a rider licensed to operate another class of vehicle, only while under the instruction and supervision of an individual who holds a Class M license. Class M permit holders cannot carry any passengers other than an instructor properly licensed to operate a motorcycle. The permit is valid for 1 year. The cost of the permit is $10.00.

If you are under 18, you must have your permit for at least 6 months and have 65 hours of supervised riding before taking your skills test. In addition, as of Aug. 31, 2012, you must take and successfully complete a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Rider Course before you can receive your motorcycle license.


Step 1: Obtain an Application for a Motorcycle Learner’s Permit (DL-5) and the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Operator’s Manual.

Step 2: You will be given a vision screening test and are required to pass the motorcycle knowledge test. Upon successful completion, you will be given the learner’s permit.

Step 3: Following the receipt of the learner’s permit, you can either schedule your skills test at a local Driver License Center or schedule training through the Motorcycle Safety Program or by calling 1-800-845-9533. If you choose the Motorcycle Safety Program, at the end of the training, a skills evaluation is administered by a certified Rider Coach. If you pass the skills evaluation, you are not required to go to a Driver’s License Center to take the skills test; the licensing examination is waived. NOTE: Only certain Driver License Centers offer Motorcycle Skills Testing on a motorcycle with more than two wheels. Please be sure to review the list of Motorcycle Skills Testing locations for motorcycles with more than two wheels before scheduling your appointment to ensure the location offers testing on this type of vehicle.

The following information and more can be found there.Pennsylvania offers a Motorcycle Information Center located at : http://www.dmv.state.pa.us and click Motorcycles.

General Information/Services Motorcycle Safety
How to Obtain a Motorcycle License Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program 
(Free Motorcycle Rider Training for PA Residents)
Motorcycle Learner’s Permit Process Frequently Asked Questions Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycle Operator’s Manual (Online version contains sample test questions and answers.) Motorcycle Safety Educational Materials
Classes of Licenses Pennsylvania Motorcycle Helmet Law Fact Sheet
License Restrictions Live Free Ride Alive Campaign
Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Paul and Patsy PennDOT Safety Posters
Motorcycle Inspection and Equipment Regulations Related Motorcycle Safety Information Links
United States Transportation Regulations Just Drive PA
Motor Scooters
Mopeds, Motor-Driven Cycles and Motorcycles Fact Sheet
Motorcycle Statistics
Motorcycle Forms, Publications and FAQs
Schedule Your Motorcycle Skills Test
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