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How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

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You can apply for a motorcycle permit and license at any DMV office in Wisconsin. In order to apply for a motorcycle license you must first apply for a motorcycle instruction permit.

New Applicants Over 18

Listed below are the requirements to obtain a Class M license:

  1. Complete the application form (MV3001) - original must be submitted in person; no photocopies.
  2. Have your picture taken.
  3. Provide proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, conditional residency status or temporary visitor status.
  4. Provide proof of name and date of birth.
  5. Provide proof of Wisconsin residency.
  6. Provide your Social Security number.
  7. Pass the vision test.
  8. Pass the knowledge test. See practice tests for more information on the written exam.
    10. Pay the fee ($32 for a 6 month permit).    

New Applicants Between 16 and 18

In addition to the above requirements, applicants under 18 must:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Provide signed consent of a parent or guardian.
  3. Show proof of that you completed an approved driver education course. See Driver's Education and Driving Schools for additional details.
  4. Show proof of enrollment in a basic rider course.

Instruction Permit (Learner's Permit)

Once you complete the aforementioned prerequisites, you will be given an instruction permit. This permit will allow you to practice driving a motorcycle.

Instruction Permit Restrictions

With your instruction permit you are required to:

  • Wear eye protection.
  • Wear an approved helmet.
  • If riding at night, the permit holder must be accompanied by a person at least 25 years old with two years licensed driving experience and a Class M motorcycle license.

Applying for a Motorcycle License

Under 18

  1. If you are between 16 and 17 you must have had your permit for at least 6 months.
  2. Successful completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course.
  3. Present the course certificate to your local DMV office.

Over 18

  • Complete a skills test offered by the Wisconsin by scheduling an appointment at a DMV office. Riders who have their Wisconsin Driver's License are NOT required to take the motorcycle driving test.
  • If you have held 3 previous instruction permits or failed 2 skills tests, you will be required to complete a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course.


The fees for an instruction permit and an M class license are $32 and $22 respectively.

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