How to Apply for an Utah Motorcycle License
Holders of valid Utah motorcycle license credentials can legally operate their motorcycles within the state. Instead of a standalone motorbike driving license, the Driver License Division (DLD) of the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) issues motorcycle endorsement credentials added to regular driving licenses instead of having to apply for a separate license. Therefore, riders can obtain a UT drivers license only if they hold a Class D passenger vehicle license or a commercial driver license. With a bike license, motorcyclists can operate any motorbike with an identical or smaller engine size than the one on which they passed the skills test. Learn more about getting your license in UT by reading the sections outlined below.
Motorcycle License Requirements in Utah
To finalize the process of applying for motorcycle license in Utah, applicants will be required to meet the applicable motorcycle license requirements. However, since the state DLD issues endorsements added to existing driving licenses, riders will also be required to meet the standard driver’s license requirements. The following list outlines the UT license requirements that must be met after obtaining a license to drive:
- You are at least 16 years of age and you hold a valid Class D license or a commercial credential.
- You meet the state vision requirements and you have the theoretical and practical skills necessary to operate a motorcycle.
- You have completed a medical questionnaire attesting that you are mentally and physically fit to ride a motorcycle.
- You have held a UT motorcycle learners permit for a certain amount of time, which will vary depending on your age.
The paperwork needed to get motorcycle license credentials only includes your existing license to drive and two proofs of state residency, since the division collects the necessary identification proofs when issuing your standalone driving credential. To obtain the full list of acceptable identification documents for a license, contact the division.
When transferring an out-of-state license, new state residents will be required to meet a slightly different set of requirements than those outlined above. For instance, while new residents have to submit the full set of identification paperwork, they may be exempted from taking the road skills and the written exam if their out-of-state credentials are still valid.
Utah Motorcycle License Training Courses
When applying for a motorcycle endorsement in Utah, riders will not be required to complete a rider’s safety course. However, bike license applicants can still enroll in an approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course to improve their riding skills. Also, by completing an MSF Beginning Rider Course (BRC), riders will receive a certificate of completion that can be submitted as proof that they have acquired the skills necessary to ride a motorcycle. After receiving a course completion card, the state DLD will issue a UT license without administering the on-cycle skills test.
Note: Before enrolling in a rider’s safety course, inquire with the corresponding motorcycle school about the applicable fees and the type of motorcycles they use during the course.
Utah Motorcycle License Tests
To qualify for a Utah motorbike driving license, applicants will be required to take and pass the applicable examinations administered at nearby driver licensing offices. Motorcycle endorsement applicants will first have to pass an eye test to prove that they meet the minimum vision standards and a 25-question knowledge test on road rules and regulations and safe riding practices. After passing the initial tests and receiving the UT motorcycle permit, riders will be required to schedule and take the skills test at a later date. License applicants will have to provide their own motorcycle for the on-cycle practical exam. The state DLD may place certain restrictions on your UT endorsement depending on the type of motorcycle you use during the test. For instance, if you use a motorbike with an engine size of 90 cc or less, you will be issued a license that will prohibits you from operating a motorcycle with a larger engine.
Note: If you have successfully completed an approved MSF course, you can submit the course completion card to earn a skills test waiver.
The Utah Motorcycle License Application Process
To obtain a new license in Utah, riders will be required to make several visits to a nearby DLD office, since the license application process is comprised of several stages. The first step when getting a license in UT is applying for a motorcycle permit. During the initial office visit, applicants will be required to fill out the UT license application form, have their photo taken, present a valid driving license and supporting documentation and pass the initial licensing tests. Applicants may be able to begin the application for a motorcycle license online to save time at the DLD office. At this point, the state DLD will also ask the applicant to pay for the endorsement and the renewal of their existing driving license or a duplicate driver’s license, depending on whether or not their credential expires in the following six months.
The second stage of the application process for a UT motorbike endorsement is holding the bike permit for a specific amount of time prior to scheduling and taking the skills test or completing an approved rider’s course. Once the applicant rider passes the skills test or submits a certificate of completion of a rider’s course, he or she will receive a temporary license, which can be used until the permanent license is sent to their mailing address within six to eight weeks. The motorcycle permit is only valid for six months.
Note: The expiration date of your UT drivers license will vary depending on whether you have renewed your driver’s license or you have obtained a duplicate driving credential.
Utah Motorcycle License Fees
To successfully obtain a Utah endorsement, motorcyclists will be required to pay several fees, since the state DLD will add their license for motorcycle to an existing driving credential. Therefore, the standard UT motorcycle license cost must be paid in addition to the fees related to the standalone license to drive. Also, when applying for an endorsement, riders will be required to pay the fee for a renewal or duplicate driver license before arranging payment for the $11 endorsement cost. Note that, to get a motorcycle in UT, additional testing fees may also apply. These prices are effective starting July 1, 2018.
Note: The license costs outlined above are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date UT license fees, contact the division.