Motorcycle License in Oklahoma
In this age of increasing gasoline prices, congested freeways, overfull, overpriced parking, and long commutes, more and more people are turning to the somewhat maligned, but very cost-efficient vehicle of adventure―the motorcycle.
There are many lovely places to ride a motorcycle in Oklahoma and lots of lovely weather in the summer and autumn to make your ride enjoyable. And motorcycles make a lot of sense. They are fairly low maintenance, they are fun to ride, keep pollution levels down, are a cinch to park and use practically no gas.
Before you can "get on your bikes and ride," you'll need to be licensed to ride a motorcycle in Oklahoma. You may add an endorsement to your existing Oklahoma driver's license by taking the knowledge, skills, and vision tests. Contact your local Department of Public Safety Exam Station for dates, places, and times available for testing.
If you are under 16 years old, you may apply for a motorcycle learner's permit. This permit has numerous other restrictions:
- Motorcycle or scooter must be no larger than a 250cc piston displacement.
- You may ride only between 4:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- If you have a motor-driven cycle, your speed may not exceed 35 MPH.
- If you have a motorcycle, you may drive the posted speed limit.
You must wear a helmet.
Motorcycle learner permit holders must also be taking lessons from a parent, guardian, or any person over 21 years old who holds both an Oklahoma driver license and a motorcycle endorsement. This person must ride with you (not as a passenger) and be able to see you at all times.
Once you have had your motorcycle learner's permit for 30 days and have been under adult supervision, you may take the motorcycle driver's test. If you pass the test, the supervision restriction will be lifted. If, while you are under adult supervision for 30 days, you take and pass the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, the driving test may be waived.
The key to a good motorcycle experience is simple― practice good safety strategies. The more you know about and practice safe motorcycle riding, the better chance you have of staying safe avoiding compromising the safety of other drivers on the road.
The Oklahoma Motorcycle Operator's Manual is a free publication that has a wealth of information about motorcycle riding, safety, licensing procedures and more.
Professional training is also an excellent option, and in Oklahoma you can enroll in the special RiderCourse training program by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in which you will learn:
- Effective turning.
- How to avoid an obstacle.
- Braking maneuvers.
- Traffic strategies.
- Motorcycle maintenance.
- How to select protective apparel.
Once you have a good foundation in motorcycle safety, you will want to know the rules of the road as they apply to motorcycle riders in Oklahoma.