Motorcycle License in Minnesota
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Minnesota provides a wide range of beautiful scenery for motorcycle riders along its many routes and safe highways.
Although the state may not be hospitable to motorcycle riding all year long, the spring, summer, and fall months generally provide good biking conditions. By obeying the laws and rules of the state, and following suggested guidelines on gear and safety checks, the Land of 10,000 Lakes can be as safe as it is scenic for those riding on two wheels.
To obtain a Minnesota motorcycle license, Minnesota residents must have a valid regular driver license. Next, you must pass a motorcycle endorsement knowledge test, get a permit, and then pass a driving test. Beyond that, you may take different skill tests for types of motorcycles to remove restrictions from your license.
Obtaining a permit consists of passing the knowledge test, based on the Minnesota Motorcycle/Motorized Bicycle Manual, at a driver examination station. Motorcycle permit applicants are limited to taking the knowledge test only once per day.
Upon passing knowledge test, you must pay the $21 fee to receive a "Record of Examination," which serves as your instruction permit and is valid for a year. This entitles you to practice riding on Minnesota streets and roads. However, there are restrictions as follows:
- No carrying passengers
- No riding at night
- No interstate highway riding
- No riding without protective head gear
To obtain a Permanent License Endorsement for riding motorcycles, you may take the skills test at a DVS station that provides exams. If you are younger than 18, you must present a certificate of motorcycle course completion from an approved training provider to take the skill test.
After passing the motorcycle skill test, apply for a duplicate license, which costs $11. You will get a receipt that allows you to ride your motorcycle without restrictions. When you receive your motorcycle license, it will have the appropriate endorsements and/or restrictions on it.
If you are from outside Minnesota and have a valid driver's license that has not expired within the last year, you may take the motorcycle knowledge test when you take the license knowledge test. If you already have a motorcycle endorsement, the motorcycle test may be waived, provided the previous state has a skills test comparable to that of Minnesota's.
A Class D driver's license renewal is $21.50. Renewing your motorcycle endorsement costs an additional $13.
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