To renew a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, drivers must renew their regular driver’s license that carries the M endorsement. Drivers can also renew a motorcycle permit multiple times if they require more instruction time. The Driver and Vehicle Services division of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) issues all new and renewal driver’s licenses in the state. Drivers can submit renewal requests in person, by mail or online. Only drivers out of state on official duty are permitted to apply for renewal from out-of-state.

The requirements for renewing a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania vary according to how the driver submits the request and the driver’s background. Not all drivers are eligible for all application submission methods. To submit a complete application packet, all drivers should be prepared to provide valid proof of identification and the necessary application fee. PA motorcycle permit holders can also renew their permits a limited numbers of times. Keep reading to learn more about motorcycle licenses and permits in Pennsylvania.

When to Renew a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

The PennDOT requires motorcycle drivers in PA to renew a bike license at the same time that they renew their driver’s license. The DMV requires drivers to complete a regular and motorcycle license renewal once every two or four years, depending on the type of driver’s license they hold. Drivers are mailed an Invitation to Renew (DL60A/DL60R) from the DPS three months before their license’s expiration date with information on the renewal process and available application methods for the license holder.

Drivers can renew an M1 license in Pennsylvania up to six months after it has expired without facing any additional penalties. Learning permits for motorcycle drivers cannot be renewed through the DMV but must instead by re-applied for.

Eligibility for Motorcycle License Renewal in Pennsylvania

In order to be eligible for a bike license renewal in Pennsylvania, drivers must already possess a valid driver’s license with an M endorsement. PennDOT requires drivers to renew their M license once every two or four years by submitting a complete renewal application in person or online. To have a full driver’s license in Pennsylvania, drivers must be at least 16 years of age. All drivers who are eligible for renewal are able to submit a request in person

Only some PA drivers meet motorcycle renewal requirements for submitting a renewal application online, however. To renew online, drivers must be renewing a non-commercial license that is valid or has been expired less than six months. The driver’s current information must be on file with the DMV, including the driver’s recent photo.

To be able to apply for an M license renewal from out of state and receive a new license at an address other than that listed with the DMV, PA drivers must be temporarily located out of state. In addition, they must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Employed by the U.S. armed forces, federal government or Pennsylvania state government
  • Are the spouse or dependent child of a member of the armed forces

Required Documents

Documents required to renew a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania in person include:

  • Proof of identification and signature validation, such as:
    • The driver’s current license or photo I.D.
    • A current and valid U.S. passport
    • Documentation from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    • A photo I.D. issued by the military, bank, employers, school or other state government
  • One of the following completed and signed PennDOT applications:
    • Motorcycle Learner’s Permit – Application to Add/Reapply/Duplicate/Change/Correct
    • Non-Commercial Driver’s License Application for Renewal
    • Application for Renewal of Commercial Driver’s License

Instances When You Cannot Renew Your Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

Drivers cannot renew a motorcycle endorsement in Pennsylvania if their license has been expired for more than six months. PA drivers with a suspended or revoked license are also not eligible for renewal.

Drivers with a commercial license or who need to submit changes to their DMV record cannot apply for renewal online. Other restrictions apply to certain renewal application submission methods (explained below).

How to Renew a Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Online

Can I renew my motorcycle license online in Pennsylvania? Drivers looking for more information about how to renew a motorcycle license online can find step by step help through PennDOT’s web portal. Drivers can only submit an online application if their motorcycle license expiration date has not passed by more than six months.

Before beginning the online application process, drivers should make sure that they have access to a printer and credit or debit card. Drivers whose licenses do not have a photo are also not eligible to renew online. PA drivers can apply for a motorcycle license renewal online by taking the following steps:

  1. Head to the PennDOT Driver Services and Vehicle services web portal. Provide your driver’s license or photo I.D. number and your Social Security Number (SSN) to create a profile and access the application.
  2. Follow the instructions online to prepare the renewal request.
  3. Be ready to pay the application fee by a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover debit or credit card.
  4. Submit the online request and pay the fee. Print out your submission receipt to use as a temporary renewal document.
  5. Wait to receive a camera card from PennDOT to schedule your photo appointment at a nearby photo center. camera card will be mailed to you within seven to ten business days. Once received, follow the instructions on the card to make a photo appointment. The camera card acts as a temporary license valid for 60 days.
  6. Receive your permanent renewed license on the same day as the photo appointment.

How to Renew a Pennsylvania Motorcycle License by Mail

Most drivers are eligible to renew an M license in Pennsylvania by submitting an application through the mail. PennDOT welcomes motorcycle license renewal applications by mail with a photocopy of the necessary supporting material and payment of the application fee by check or money order.

Drivers who would like to submit a request for a name change to with the DMV or provide additional documentation cannot apply by mail. Only Pennsylvania drivers who are out of state on official duty or who are the immediate family member of such a person can request that an M1 renewal license be mailed to them at an address other than their state residence.

PA drivers can submit a bike license renewal application by taking the following steps:

  1. Print out the appropriate license renewal application form. Complete and sign it. Minors must include a parental signature.
  2. Photocopy an eligible identification document.
  3. Prepare the required application fee by check or money order made out to “PennDOT”.
  4. Package all of the application material together and mail it to:
Bureau of Driver Licensing
P.O. Box 68272
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272
  1. Wait to receive your camera card by mail to be able to take your new license photo and complete the application process. The camera card is a temporary license valid for 60 days.
  2. Receive your permanent renewed license on the same day as the photo appointment.

How to Renew a Pennsylvania Motorcycle License in Person

Pennsylvania drivers can also choose to complete a bike license renewal by submitting a complete application packet in person to the DMV. To renew an M endorsement in person, drivers can follow the same initial steps as previously outlined for applying by mail. Once the application is prepared and packaged, the driver can bring the application packet to the DMV in person instead of mailing it to the post office.

Where to renew a motorcycle license depends on where the driver lives in Pennsylvania. After submitting the application, drivers will receive a camera card like drivers applying via other methods. Drivers who would like to apply in person can find a list of available licensing locations around the state from PennDOT.

How to Renew a Motorcycle Permit in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, motorcycle permit renewal is not allowed by PennDOT. Once a driver’s original motorcycle permit has expired, the DMV requires him or her to reapply for a new permit to extend their instruction time. PA driving permits have an initial validity period of one year. A motorcycle permit holder can renew their permits up to three times in any five-year period.

To renew a motorcycle permit, drivers must submit a Motorcycle Learner’s Permit Application and fee in person to a nearby DMV licensing station. Permit holders will also be required to pass the state’s vision test and written knowledge exam. Drivers can not apply for an extension or new permit until their current permit expires. Applicants can take the following steps to renew their M permit in Pennsylvania:

  1. Print out the Motorcycle Learner’s Permit – Application to Add/Reapply/Duplicate/Change/Correct form. Complete and sign it. Minors must include a parental signature.
  2. Photocopy an eligible identification document.
  3. Prepare the required application fee.
  4. Head to your nearest PennDOT licensing agency with the necessary application material.
  5. Take a vision screening test.
  6. Pass the written knowledge-based exam.
  7. If successful, receive your new permit.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Renewal Costs

How much does it cost to renew a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania? The total motorcycle license renewal cost in PA depends on the length of the validity of the document. Motorcycle drivers can expect to pay the following fees for a renewal of an M endorsement and license:

  • Four-Year License Renewal with Motorcycle Endorsement (four-year validity): $50.50
  • License Renewal with Motorcycle Endorsement (two-year validity, for drivers 65 years of age and older): $30.00
Last updated on Wednesday, March 6 2019.

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