Motorcycle License in Massachusetts
A Class M permit, Class M License, or Class M endorsement is required to operate a motorcycle in Massachusetts.
To apply for your Massachusetts Class M motorcycle license, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Class M permit.
If you are under 18 years old, you may apply for a Class M License if you complete a Massachusetts Rider Education Basic Rider Course and meet all Junior Operator Licensing requirements. In order to apply, you must be at least 16 1/2 years old and have parental consent.
Anyone applying for a Class M permit or license must not have had a driver’s license or right to operate a vehicle revoked.
You must obtain a valid Massachusetts license if you’ve recently become a resident. You may not covert a temporary out-of state license.
First, you need to complete an online application to convert your Class D, M, or D/M license or download and fill out the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application(Form T21042).
You will need to bring your application, appropriate documentation (see below) and the applicable fees to your local RMV full service office:
- Class M Endorsement: $15.
- Class M License: $100.
NOTE: Checks for fees must be cleared through the National Driver Register.
Be prepared with the following documentation when switching your out-of-state license for a Massachusetts driver’s license (photocopies of your out-of-state will not be accepted):
- Your out-of-state license to surrender.
- If the license has no photo, be prepared with another acceptable photo ID.
- If you are 18 years old or older and do not have your out-of-state license, you need to have your certified driving record from your state. It cannot be more than 30 days old.
- If under 18 years old, you must show a certified driving record from your state that is not more than 30 days old.
- If you are 18 years old or older and your license is from Mexico, Canada, or any US territory, you must present a certified driving record that is not more than 30 days old.
- Appropriate identification:
- Documents proving date of birth and signature. (An out-of-state license cannot prove both DOB and signature.)
- Proof of residency.
- Proof of Social Security Number (or valid Denial Notice from the SSA*).
The MA RMV provides a full list of acceptable identification.
NOTE: Drivers under 18 years old must either convert their Driver’s Education certificate or complete an approved driver’s education course in Massachusetts.
*If you are presenting a Denial Notice, you must also provide:
- Proof of valid visa status.
- Valid non-US passport.
Registering and Titling Your Motorcycle in MA
For information on registering and titling your motorcycle once you’ve arrived in Massachusetts, please see our Massachusetts motorcycle registration page.
In order to apply for a Class M license, you must first hold a valid Class M Permit, regardless of age.
To obtain your permit, you must:
- Be no younger than 16 years old.
- Complete an application (Form T21042).
- Parental consent (signature on front page of the application) is required for applicants under 18 years old.
- If someone other than a parent gives consent, a proper documentation of authority must be presented when you take the knowledge test.
- Pass a vision test.
- Present valid identification:
- Separate documents proving date of birth and signature.
- Proof of residency.
- Proof of Social Security number (or valid Denial Notice from the SSA). Photocopies will NOT be accepted.
- Pass a written knowledge test and pay the $30 fee.
If you don’t already hold a valid Class D license, you must pass both a Class D knowledge test and a Class M knowledge test when applying for your Class M permit.
Permit Conditions and Restrictions
Permit holders must adhere to the following restrictions:
- You may only operate during daylight hours (from sunrise to sunset).
- You may not carry passengers on your motorcycle.
- You must wear a helmet and eye protection (goggles or protective face shield). Eye protection is not required if the vehicle has a windshield/windscreen.
You may also not operate a motorcycle in another state if that state’s laws prevent it.
In order to apply for a Class M license, you must pass a road test before your permit expires. Your permit is valid for 2 years.
If you are under 18 years old, you must also complete the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) and meet the requirements for a Junior Operator License before applying for a license (see "Motorcycle Rider Education Program" below).
Renewing a Class M Permit in MA
Your Class M permit is valid for 2 years from the date of issue. To renew the permit, you must:
- Present the appropriate identification (see above).
- Pass the knowledge test.
- Pay the $30 fee for the test.
The requirements for obtaining a Class M motorcycle license vary according to your age (see below). You may earn a Class M license if you wish to have a separate license from your Class D license, or if you do not currently possess another class of MA driver’s license.
If you already have a MA driver’s license, you may choose to have a motorcycle endorsement added to that license (see “Adding a Class M MA Motorcycle Endorsement” below).
Note that to apply for a Class M license, you must never have had your Class D driver’s license or your right to operate a vehicle revoked.
Drivers Under 18 years old
Drivers between 16 1/2 years old and 18 years old you may apply for a Class M license. You must, however, also apply with all the requirements of the Junior Operator License (for details on the graduated driver’s license program in Massachusetts, visit our page on MA teen drivers).
In order to obtain a Class M license as a minor, you must complete the Massachusetts Rider Education Program Basic Rider Course AND meet the following Junior Operator License requirements:
- Have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months before your road test.
- Maintained a clean driving record for at least 6 months before your road test.
- Completed and passed a driver education course.
- 30 hours of classroom training.
- 12 hours of road training.
- 6 hours observing other student driver (in car).
- 2 hours of attendance by your parent or guardian.
- Completed 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving.
- NOTE: This falls to 30 hours if you complete a driver skills development program.
- Parent or guardian must provide certified statement of hours.
Once you have successfully completed the Basic Rider Course (see “Motorcycle Rider Education Program” below for more information) and met all the above JOL requirements, you can apply for a Class M license.
Visit your local RMV office and:
- Present valid identification (no photocopies):
- Documents proving date of birth.
- Proof of residency.
- Proof of Social Security number (or valid Denial Notice from the SSA).
- Have a parent or guardian’s signature of consent on the first page of your license application (Form T21042).
- Pay the $50 fee.
- Pass a road test (see “Scheduling Your Road Test” below) OR submit a certificate of completion from the Basic Rider Course (see “Motorcycle Rider Education Program” below).
Junior Operator License Restrictions:
As a minor operator, you may not:
- Ride your motorcycle between 12:30am and 5:00am.
- Carry any unrelated passengers under 18 years old for the first 6 months of getting your license.
- Use a mobile phone for any reason while driving (unless there is an emergency).
Drivers Over 18 years old
If you are 18 years old and hold a valid Class M permit, you may apply for a class M license with no restrictions.
To apply for a Class M license, visit your local RMV office and:
- Present appropriate identification:
- Documents proving date of birth and signature.
- Proof of residency.
- Proof of Social Security number (or valid Denial Notice from the SSA). DO NOT use photocopies.
- Have your parent or guardian sign the first page of your application (Form T21042) to provide their consent.
- Pay the $50 fee.
- Pass a road test OR successfully complete a Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP) approved motorcycle safety course (see “Motorcycle Rider Education Program” below).
Scheduling and Taking Your Road Test
In order to schedule a road test, you need to call the RMV Telephone Center. The RMV does not accept in-person requests for road tests.
The Telephone Center can be reached at:
- 857-368-8000 (MA callers in area codes 339/617/781/857 and those outside MA).
- 800-858-3926 (MA callers in area codes not listed above).
- 877-768-8833 (Hearing impaired callers).
You will be required to bring the following to your motorcycle road test:
- Your motorcycle (must be insured and registered, have the proper equipment, and have an inspection sticker).
- A helmet.
- Eye protection (goggles or face shield) unless the vehicle has a windshield/windscreen.
- Your valid Class M permit.
You do not need to have a sponsor come with you to the test.
Any permit holder that fails the road test 2 times must complete and pass the MREP before attempting the exam again.
If you already possess any class of Massachusetts driver’s license, you can add a Class M endorsement to that license. To do so, you must:
- Hold a valid Massachusetts license of any class.
- Hold a valid Class M permit.
- Pass the road test OR present a certificate of completion from the Motorcycle Rider Education Program:
- You may use the MREP course to waive your road test by presenting your certificate of completion to the RMV within 90 days of completing the course (see “Motorcycle Rider Education Program” below).
- Give up your permit and license in order to receive a new license with a Class M endorsement.
- Pay a $15 fee.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are hold a Junior Operator’s License when applying for your endorsement, the same restrictions that apply when driving under your existing license also apply when riding your motorcycle.
Renewing a Class M License or Endorsement
To renew your license in Massachusetts, you will need to fill out the Renewal of a Passenger/Motorcycle License or ID Card Application (Form T21042).
For more information on renewing your MA license, please see our Massachusetts Renewing Your License page.
The Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) oversees schools around Massachusetts offering Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-approved courses. The RMV offers a full list of schools that provide the MSF-approved Basic Rider and Experienced Rider Education courses.
Any driver under 18 years old is legally required to complete the MREP prior to applying for a Class M license or endorsement.
The MREP may also be used to waive the road test (and associated fees) if a certificate of completion is presented to the RMV within 90 days of completing the program.
If you take and pass an MREP-approved safety course, the Site Coordinator will handle your licensing by submitting your information to the RMV.
Assuming you have no driving violations and have pre-paid all fees ($15 for an endorsement and $50 for a license only), your new license will be mailed to you. You should make sure your Site Coordinator has your current address.
Out-of-State Motorcycle Safety Foundation Courses
If you are a Massachusetts resident but have taken a Rider Education Program out of state, you may be able to use the course to waive your MA road test IF:
- The course used the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course or Experienced Rider course curriculum.
- You submit a course completion card within 180 days of passing the course.
- You submit a completed Application to Accept an Out of State Motorcycle Rider Education Program Certificate.
- You submit a copy of your rider course Skill Evaluation and Knowledge Test on letterhead from the school offering the course.
- You pay the $15 endorsement fee by:
- Visiting any RMV branch.
- Calling the Telephone Center (see “Scheduling and Taking Your Road Tests” above) or using a credit card.
- Mailing your payment to:
Registry of Motor Vehicles
Massachusetts Rider Education Program
165 Liberty Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Attention: Program Coordinator