Motorists who want to apply for a motorcycle license endorsement in Colorado need to hold a valid driver’s license in order to get the endorsement added and to legally ride their motorcycles on public state roads. A motorcycle endorsement is issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the Colorado Department of Revenue (CO DOR). As the state does not currently offer a full bike license, individuals who would like to operate a motorcycle must first complete a state-approved safety course and then meet certain requirements for an endorsement.

When applying for a motorcycle license in CO, drivers must pass certain driving tests and pay the appropriate fees. Applications for these endorsements are processed by the CO DMV exclusively in person at a local branch. To find more information about getting your motorcycle license in Colorado, review the sections below.

Motorcycle License Requirements in Colorado

As full bike licenses in Colorado are not available, individuals must apply for a motorcycle endorsement to be added to their regular driver’s license. The requirements and eligibility criteria are typically determined by the applicant’s age and thus, drivers must be at least 16 years of age at the time of applying. Applicants who are younger than 18 may obtain a learner’s permit if they present an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship signed by a parent or legal guardian. They may add a proper motorcycle endorsement to their licenses to drive as soon as they reach 16 years of age and have held the instruction permit for 12 months. Riders who want to be eligible for a CO motorbike endorsement must also pass the required physical, vision and driving tests and have their driving records reviewed by the DMV.

Note: Out-of-state residents who wish to replace a motorcycle licenses or endorsements to the CO DMV will need to surrender their credentials and obtain new CO driver’s licenses and a motorbike endorsement in the state.

Colorado Motorcycle License Training Courses

To be eligible for a motorcycle endorsement in Colorado, applicants are required to pass a state-approved motorcycle safety course. Various safety courses for motorcycle endorsements are available through the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST), which offers several basic courses for new riders. A successful completion of a MOST course for endorsement may provide students with a license waiver card. To obtain their endorsement, students must take that card to the Colorado DMV.

Be aware that although you cannot obtain a Colorado motorcycle license online, you may be able to request a license renewal online if you meet the eligibility requirements for doing so.

Colorado Motorcycle License Tests

One method for getting a motorcycle endorsement in Colorado requires applicants to take and pass certain examinations as set by the DMV. Motorists who want to obtain a Class M endorsement without enrolling in a MOST course will be mandated to pass both a written knowledge exam and a road skills test as part of the imposed requirements. To get prepared for the exams, motorists may consult the Colorado Motorcycle Manual. For more information about each test required for a Colorado motorbike endorsement, contact the CO DMV.

The Colorado Motorcycle License Application Process

Colorado motorcycle endorsements are issued as an addition to a regular driver’s license. When applying for an endorsement, the CO DMV offers riders two different ways to apply. The first method to obtain a Class M endorsement  requires motorists to complete the following steps:

  • Pass a written knowledge test.
  • Obtain a learners permit.
  • Schedule and pass a motorcycle drive skills exam.
  • Obtain a CO driver’s license to which a motorcycle endorsement will be added.

The second method for getting a motorbike endorsement in Colorado is by completing a state-approved motorcycle safety course and obtaining a license waiver card. Applicants who have received such a card must visit a local CO DMV office and present it to a DMV representative. They will be able to purchase a new CO driver’s license and add the endorsement to it. Both methods for getting a motorcycle endorsement may require motorists to present documents of identification, residency and Social Security Number (SSN).

Note: Class M endorsement applicants who are younger than 18 years of age must present an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship signed by a parent or legal guardian. Riders between 15 and 16 years of age must show proof of completed Motorcycle Operator Skills Training.

Colorado Motorcycle License Fees

A motorcycle endorsement in Colorado currently costs $2, and there are two separate types of endorsements depending on the motorcycle type. An “M” endorsement allows motorists to ride any two or three-wheeled motorcycle, while the “3” endorsement is for driving three-wheel motorcycles only. If riders need to obtain a driver’s license in order to add an endorsement to the driving credential, they will need to pay a fee in addition to the endorsement cost. For those who need a learner’s permit, the fee is set at $16.80.

Note that depending on the type of license or endorsement, applicants will also need to pay separate fees for the written knowledge and practical driving tests required for their type of endorsement. To learn more information about the motorcycle license cost in Colorado, contact the Colorado DMV.

Last updated on Wednesday, September 26 2018.

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