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  • Motorcycle License in Florida

    As the Sunshine State, Florida is an ideal home for motorcycle enthusiasts who love to ride throughout the year. Obtaining legal authorization for those rides is important, though. If you ride a motorcycle, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your regular driver license, or a motorcycle-only license. The endorsement fee is $7. in addition to standard driver's license fees. If you obtain your license from a Tax Collector office you will also pay a service fee.

    Eligibility Requirements For a Motorcycle Endorsement

    • You must be at least 16 years old.
    • You must have no traffic convictions for 1 year if you are under 18 years old.
    • You must have at least a regular Class E driver license.
    • You must complete the Basic Rider Course, regardless of age.

    To apply, you'll need to complete a written exam with multiple-choice questions about basic road safety and motorcycle laws. You'll also have to undergo a driving test on your motorcycle, as well as a vision and hearing test. Check out the Florida Motorcycle Handbook for specifics about rules of the road and basic skills.

    You can make an appointment for your written or skills test; visit our Locations & Hours page to find out how, as well as check for office locations.

    Motorcycle-only License

    To obtain a license that allows you to operate a motorcycle only, you'll be held to the same eligibility and testing requirements as above, except you won't need to be tested on four-wheeled vehicle (normal automobile) driving skills.

    Helmet Laws

    If you're at least 21 years old and have a minimum medical insurance policy of $10,000, you can bypass wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Otherwise, you'll have to wear a helmet.

    All riders must have some sort of eye protection, such as goggles or glasses, or have a windshield on the bike.

    Mopeds and Scooters

    Obtain a regular Class E driver license or higher; a motorcycle endorsement is not necessary. You'll still need to register your moped or scooter with the Division of Motor Vehicles, however, and all passengers younger than 16 years old will be required to wear protective headgear.

    Visit our Other Types page for additional information about riding a moped or scooter in Florida.

    Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP)

    Every motorcycle rider must complete a basic motorcycle safety course before obtaining a motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle-only license. The course must be one that is approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).

    The FRTP offers the safety education classes:

    • Basic RiderCourse (BRC): Entry-level skills for responsible riding. Training includes starting, stopping, turning, swerving, and cornering. Bikes, safety gear, and handbooks are provided. You'll need at least a Class E learner's license to sign up.

    Temporary Instruction Permit

    Temporary instruction permits are no longer issued.

    Out-of-state Newcomers

    If your out-of-state license is current and already has a motorcycle endorsement, you won't be required to take additional tests to get the endorsement on your new Florida license.

    Military Applicants

    If you're stationed outside of Florida and need a motorcycle endorsement for your FL driver license, you'll need to:

    • Complete a military-sponsored or MSF-approved motorcycle safety course.
    • Send the completion card from the course, along with a check or money order ($25 for license, $7 for endorsement) and a request for a duplicate license with a motorcycle endorsement, to the Division of Driver Licenses at: Bureau of Records, P.O. Box 5775, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5775. Include your full name, out-of-state mailing address, driver license number, and date of birth in your request. You may also need to provide identification documents again, so be prepared.

    Passenger Restrictions

    There are currently no passenger age restriction laws.

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