Motorcycle License in Mississippi
Driving a motorcycle in the state of Mississippi requires a "motorcycle endorsement" on your regular Class R driver's license. To receive this endorsement, you must take the written and the riding tests.
Preparing for the Motorcycle Exams
Before you take the test, get your hands on a Motorcycle Foundation Operator's Manual, available at your local driver's license office. You can also download a free copy online using Adobe Reader. Study the material covered in the manual thoroughly because you will see it again on the written portion of the exam.
Note: If you are new to the state, and already have a valid motorcycle license or endorsement from another state, you are in the clear; the State will waive your written and riding tests. However, it is still a good idea to read through the manual for state-specific information and to refresh yourself on motorcycle safety.
Getting a Learner's Permit
Once you pass this part of the test, you will earn a learner's permit. The motorcycle permit will cost you $1. With your shiny new permit, you can legally hit the public roads for hands-on training on two wheels. However, you must bring along a fellow rider who is at least 21 years old and who has a valid driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement. Don't put this person on the back of your bike; he/she should either follow alongside you on a motorcycle or behind you in a vehicle.
Should you feel confident in your riding ability, you can opt to take the riding test on the same day you receive your learner's permit. In other words, once you pass the written portion, you are allowed to jump right into the riding part of the exam. Simply bring along another licensed rider to ride your bike when you take your written exams; you should not be riding your motorcycle on public roads without a permit. Or, if you prefer, you can trailer your bike to the driver's license office.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers safety riding courses nationwide. Courses are offered locations throughout Mississippi; find the nearest one and call for course information and cost. The Basic course spans a few days or a weekend, depending on location. Half-day Experienced Rider courses are also available to improve or refresh your riding skills.
When you are ready to apply for your motorcycle license or endorsement you will need to take the following identification and information to your local driver's license office:
- Certified birth certificate
- Social Security card (metal ones not acceptable)
- Proof of residency such as: electric or water bill, lease agreement, vehicle-registration receipt, mortgage documents, homestead exemption receipt, bank statement, notarized employer verification on company letterhead (with a phone number) that states your address, your parent or guardian's state driver's license.
- Appropriate fees (see below)
If you are applying for only a motorcycle license, the cost is $17 for 4 years and $33 for 8 years, for a new license or a renewal. If you are under 18 years old, the cost is only $14. If you already have your Class R driver's license, the cost is $5 to add a motorcycle endorsement for 4 years.
Mississippi enforces a helmet law for all motorcycle drivers and riders. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides detailed information to help you choose the right type of helmet.