How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina
New Applicants Over 18
Listed below are the requirements to obtain a motorcycle permit:
- Complete application form - original must be submitted in person; no photocopies are allowed.
- Have your picture taken.
- Pay an application fee ($15).
- Pass the vision test.
- Pass the traffic signs and motorcycle knowledge examinations. See practice tests for more information on the written exam.
New Applicants between 16 and 18
In addition to the above requirements, applicants between 16 and 18 must possess a full provisional license issued by the DMV. A parent or guardian's signature is also required.
Once you complete the aforementioned prerequisites, you will be given a learner permit. This permit will allow you to practice driving a motorcycle.
Instruction Permit Restrictions
With your instruction permit you are not permitted to:
- Ride unaccompanied by a licensed rider aged 21 or older and traveling on a separate vehicle behind you.
- Drive during the evening.
- Ride with any passengers.
Applying for a Motorcycle Endorsement
- You must have had your permit for at least 6 months.
- Make an appointment for the on-cycle skills test at any DMV office. Motorcycle skills tests are given on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:30am and 2:30pm.
- On passing the test, you will be given a motorcycle endorsement on your current license.
The learner permit attracts a fee of $15, while a motorcycle endorsement costs $1.50 per annum. If the application expires, some steps to acquiring the permit or license may have to be repeated.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses or other Drivers Licenses.
- Motorcycle insurance is required for all motorcycles operated in North Carolina.