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How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in New York

You can apply for a motorcycle permit and license at any DMV office in New York State. In order to apply for a motorcycle license you must first apply for a motorcycle permit. Procedures differ depending on whether you possess a valid driver's license.

Current Driver's License Holders

Listed below are the requirements to obtain a permit for current driver's license holders:

  1. Study the Motorcycle Operator's Manual to prepare for the written examination. You can also get a copy of the manual from any DMV office or toll-free numbers.
  2. Fill out form MV-44 for a learner permit.
  3. Bring the completed form MV-44 and your current photo driver license to any DMV office, and pay the $21 fee.
  4. On successful completion of the written test, you will be issued Class M or Class MJ permit.
Non-Driver's License Holders    
  1. Study the Motorcycle Operator's Manual and the Driver's Manual to prepare for the written examination. You can also get a copy of the manual from any DMV office or toll-free numbers.
  2. Fill out form MV-44 for a learner permit.
  3. On successful completion of the written test, you will be issued Class M or Class MJ permit. In addition to the motorcycle test, it is also required that you be tested for New York state road rules.

Learner Permit

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 drive:

  • Unless accompanied by driver 21 years of age or more and who has a valid motorcycle license.
  • In a DMV road test area.
  • On any street within a park in New York City, or any bridge or tunnel under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.
  • On the Cross County, Hutchinson River, Saw Mill River, or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County.

Applying for a Motorcycle License

  1. Schedule your motorcycle road test. You can do so at any DMV office.
  2. Bring a registered motorcycle with the correct equipment to the road test.
  3. Bring a registered car operated by a driver age 18 or older who has a valid driver license. This is to carry the examiner as you undertake the test.
  4. Bring valid identification.
  5. If you pass the road test, the examiner will give you a temporary motorcycle license. If you already have a driver's license, bring to a DMV office and fill in the appropriate form. If this is your only license, it will be sent by mail.

Fees

Fees vary for the permit application as they are graded by the age of the applicant. Click here for a full schedule of fees for non-driver's license holders. Driver's license holders need only pay $21. The license fee is $10. If the application expires, some steps to acquiring the permit or license may have to be repeated.

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