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    There are different requirements for getting your regular driver's license than there are for getting your motorcycle license.

    A motorcycle permit is not mandatory, only optional. A permit, which is valid for 60 days, will allow you to practice operating a motorcycle before applying for a motorcycle endorsement.

    If you opt to apply for a motorcycle permit, you must visit any full-service DMV office with:

    Motorcycle Learner's Permit

    The motorcycle learner's permit is good for only 60 days and has the following restrictions:

    • Valid only in Connecticut.
    • Valid only during daylight.
    • The motorcycle driver may not transport passengers.
    • No driving on multiple-lane highways.
    • Must wear vision protection.
    • Must wear helmet/protective headgear.

    A motorcycle learner's permit may be renewed one time for an additional 60 days. To do so, you must go to a Connecticut DMV office with your current permit, your driver's license, and a $16 fee, as well as proper ID.

    NOTE: After obtaining your motorcycle permit, you must complete a mandatory, DMV-approved motorcycle safety course before applying for an endorsement. The DMV conveniently provides a list of approved of motorcycle safety training courses throughout the state.

    Applying for a Motorcycle License

    Applying With a Motorcycle Permit

    Visit any full-service DMV office with:

    The DMV will then add an "M" endorsement to your driver's license at no extra cost.

    NOTE: No driving test is required. The motorcycle safety training course handles the skills test.

    Applying Without a Motorcycle Permit

    After passing the exams, you must enroll in a DMV-approved motorcycle safety training course. After completing the course, visit a full-service DMV office to receive an "M" endorsement on your driver's license for $30.

    NOTE: No driving test is necessary. The motorcycle safety training course oversees the skills test.

    Restrictions

    Anyone 18 years old or older issued a motorcycle license is not allowed to transport passengers for the first 90 days of driving. New motorcycle drivers 16 to 17 years old are not allowed to carry passengers for the first 6 months.

    Renewals

    The motorcycle endorsement and your regular driver's license are renewed together as part of your standard driver's license renewal procedure.

    Replacements

    Once you receive a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license, the two are considered one and the same. If your driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond recognition, you need to follow Connecticut's regular procedures for replacing a driver's license.

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