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How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

You can apply for a motorcycle permit and license at any DPS office (Department of Public Safety) in Alabama. In order to apply for an unrestricted motorcycle license you must be at least 16 years of age and pass a practical and written test based on the DPS Motorcycle Manual.

New Applicants 16 or Over

When applying for a Motorcycle license, you will be applying for an M Class license. Listed below are the requirements to obtain an M Class license:

  1. Visit your local DPS office to fill your application form.
  2. Bring appropriate forms of Identification which must include at least one form of primary identification with photograph or two forms of secondary identification and one form of primary identification.
  3. Pay an application fee ($28). The DPS does not currently accept checks.
  4. Pass the driver examination. See practice tests for more information on the written exam. Upon passing this exam, you will be issued a Learner's License.
  5. Book an appointment to undertake your practical test. Please see your local MDV office for hours and locations

New Applicants Between 14 and 16

Between the ages of 14 and 16, you are eligible for a restricted B Class license for use of motor driven cycles. In addition to the above requirements, applicants must:
  1. Visit your local DPS office to fill your application form.
  2. Present proof of school enrolment or graduation.
  3. Bring appropriate forms of Identification which must include at least one form of primary identification with photograph or two forms of secondary identification and one form of primary identification.
  4. Pay an application fee ($28). The DPS does not currently accept checks.
  5. Pass the driver examination. See practice tests for more information on the written exam. Upon passing this exam, you will be issued a Learner's License.
  6. Book an appointment to undertake your practical test. Please see your local MDV office for hours and locations

Learner's License

Once you complete the aforementioned prerequisites, you will be given a Learner's License. This license will allow you to practice driving a motorcycle until you have successfully completed the practical test.

Instruction Permit Restrictions

With your instruction permit you are not permitted to:
  • Drive on the highway
  • Drive during the evening
  • Ride with any passengers

Fees

The $28.00 application fee covers your written law and safety tests ($5.00) plus processing ($23.00).

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