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Motorcycle license

Motorcycle License

Motorcycle Rider

What is a Motorized Bicycle/Scooter?

What classifies as Motorized Bicycle/Scooter?

  • Equipped with two or three wheels, no more than 32 inches wide
  • Equipped with foot pedals or footrests
  • Equipped with an automatic drive system (No clutch)
  • With a maximum of two-brake horsepower
  • With a maximum piston or rotor displacement of 49.98 cc (3.05 cubic inches) enabling a speed not to exceed 30 mph on a level surface.

Requirements to legally drive a Motorized Bicycle/Scooter

  • Valid permit or license of any class
  • Must be at least 14 years of age or older

What classifies as Motorcycle?

  • Equipped with a seat or saddle for the use of the rider
  • Designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground
  • Excluding implements of husbandry
  • With a minimum piston or rotor displacement of 49.99 cc or greater enabling a speed greater than 30 mph

NOTE: To operate a Motorcycle the driver must have a valid motorcycle permit or motorcycle license.
If the driver does not have a valid permit/license or is suspended, revoked or cancelled for any reason
they are not legal to operate a Motorcycle.

Apply for a Motorcycle License

  1. Apply in person at North Dakota Driver's License Site.
  2. In order to obtain a North Dakota ID card, you must be a resident of North Dakota and provide proper proof of identity and lawful presence. certified birth certificatehospital birth certificate
  3. You must surrender all licenses issued from all other states or countries.social security
  4. Complete an application. All North Dakota applications require you to provide your physical North Dakota address.
  5. All applications for permit, license, or identifications card must contain a social security number.
    Social security numbers will be verified with the Social Security Administration.
    Social security numbers, however, will not be used as the driver license or identification card number.
  6. Must already have a valid learner’s permit/driver’s license or successfully completed the Rules of the Road knowledge test.
  7. Must successfully complete the Motorcycle knowledge test.
    The Motorcycle Operator Manual may help in successfully completing the test. Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    NOTE: Anyone under 16 must provide proof of enrollment in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course prior to testing.
    Either the internet confirmation printout or a completion card will work.
    The North Dakota Motorcycle Safety Program site contains additional reference material.

  8. Successfully complete a vision screening.
  9. Purchase a motorcycle permit for $8. (If this is the first permit you are obtaining, the fee will be $15.)

Licensing Requirements and Restrictions for Ages 14-15

Restrictions on a Motorcycle Permit

  • Restricted to daylight driving only
  • Restricted to 250CC motorcycles and under
  • Must wear a helmet
  • No passengers

An ND Drivers License Site. must be visited in person to become licensed. The applicant must hold a valid motorcycle permit for two months prior to applying for a license.
With a Basic Rider Course completion card from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation dated within six years, the road test will be waived.
Submit the appropriate license fee.

Restrictions on a Motorcycle License

  • Restricted to 250CC motorcycles and under
  • Must wear a helmet

Licensing Requirements and Restrictions for Ages 16-17

Restrictions on a Motorcycle Permit

  • Restricted to daylight driving only
  • Must wear a helmet
  • No passengers

Restrictions on a Motorcycle License

  • Must wear a helmet

An ND Drivers License Site must be visited in person to become licensed.
With a Basic Rider Course completion card from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation dated within six years, the road test will be waived.
The online road test scheduler may otherwise be used to schedule an appointment for the road test.  Submit the required fee.

Licensing Requirements and Restrictions for Ages 18+

Restrictions on a Motorcycle Permit

  • Restricted to daylight driving only
  • No passengers

An ND Drivers License Site must be visited in person to become licensed.
With a Basic Rider Course completion card from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation dated within six years, the road test will be waived.
Submit the appropriate license fee.

What Do I Study?

In order to obtain a North Dakota Learner’s Permit, you will be required to successfully complete the Motorcycle knowledge test.
The Motorcycle Operator Manual may be picked up at any ND Drivers License Site.

Fees

Item Cost
Per attempt to pass permit test (One attempt allowed per day) $5
Motorcycle Permit Fee $8
If you do not already have a permit or license for another license class $15
Road Test $5

Where is the closest Driver’s License Site?

ND Drivers License Site, locations, days/hours of operation and phone numbers.