Q: Do I need a motorcycle license in Georgia?
Yes, if you wish to operate one in Georgia, you need a motorcycle license called a Class M license. These licenses are different from your standard driver's license and do not apply to the operation of vehicles other than motorcycles or motor-driven cycles.
Requirements to Obtain a Class M License
To obtain a Class M license you must be at least 17 years of age. Applicants under the age of 18 must get their parent’s signature on their application.
You must also take the following tests.
- A written knowledge exam
- A a driving test on a motorcycle that you provide
- A vision exam
Your motorcycle must pass a safety inspection prior to administration of the driving test. The Georgia Motorcycle Operator's Manual is available on the Georgia Department of Driver Services' (DDS) website and provides the details of the maneuvers covered during the test.
Another method of obtaining a Class M license is to take the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Riders Course. Passing this course will grant you a 90-day license test waiver which will allow you to bypass taking the written and driving tests. You must still pass the vision exam and pay the applicable fees.
Getting a Class MP Motorcycle Learner’s Permit
Before seeking a Class M license, operators 16 years of age and older may apply for a Class MP license which grants them the ability to operate a motorcycle in daylight hours. Applicants must complete a driver training and education course and complete a Georgia Behind the Wheel Program. They must also pass the vision exam and motorcycle knowledge exam.
With a Class MP license, you are not allowed to have passengers, drive on limited access highways, and must wear safety equipment as prescribed by law.
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