Motorcycle License in Arizona
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To obtain a Class M motorcycle license by itself or with another license (as an endorsement) for the first time, you will need to obtain an instruction permit first. However, if you are merely transferring your motorcycle license or endorsement from another state, you will not need to be tested again.
As with the traditional Class D driver license, you will need to apply for an instruction (class M) permit at the Motor Vehicle Division office to begin your behind-the-motorcycle-wheel training. You must be at least 15 years and six months old to apply.
You must pass a written test consisting of questions from the Motorcycle Operator Manual, as well as a vision test.
The permit, which is valid for seven months, can be renewed twice within a 24-month period.
While training for your Class M license, you will not be able to carry riders, drive on freeways or interstate highways, or drive between sunset and sunrise. You must have at least 30 hours of driving practice (night driving isn't required), or complete an approved motorcycle safety course. Your parent or guardian must verify in writing that you've completed the 30 hours of practice.
After you have held your permit for at least six months (if under the age of 18) and completed your training, you should review the testing information to prepare for your licensing test at the MVD. It gives you an understanding of the abilities the tester will be looking for during your review.
The testing process, which consists of another written exam based on the Motorcycle Operator Manual, a medical and vision screening, and on-bike skills tests, is the same for everyone who is applying to become a licensed motorcycle driver. But, drivers of different ages and driving backgrounds will have various requirements to begin the testing process.
You should also note that the motorcycle you bring with you for the test will determine the license or endorsement you receive. If your motorcycle has fewer than 100cc, your license will be a restricted J license, and you will not be able to drive on interstate highways.
If you're between the ages of 16 and 18, you are eligible for the Class G (Graduated) driver license with a motorcycle endorsement, which requires possession of both a valid Arizona graduated instruction permit and motorcycle instruction permit for at least six months.
You can make an appointment at your local MVD office for your license tests.
If you're over the age of 18, you can apply for the traditional Class D operator license with motorcycle endorsement. You will need only your instruction permit and motorcycle.
If you're over the age of 21, you are eligible for a Class A, B, or C commercial driver license (CDL) with M endorsement, but the CDL license requirements will still apply.
Motorcycle license fees cost the same as regular driver license fees:
- Age 16 to 39 - $25
- Age 40 to 44 - $20
- Age 45 to 49 - $15
- Age 50 and above - $10
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