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  • Motorcycle License in Oregon

    In addition to a regular driver's license, motorists in Oregon may obtain a motorcycle instruction permit or endorsement for the operation of motorcycles (you are NOT required to obtain a permit before applying for an endorsement).

    The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) promotes professional motorcycle training through the Team Oregon program. This provides professional training for both beginners and experienced riders, preparing them for real-world riding and traffic. The course covers skills including:

    • Braking maneuvers
    • Effective turning
    • Protective apparel
    • Avoiding obstacles
    • Traffic strategies
    • Maintenance

    The basic course is required for all new motorcycle endorsement applicants 61 years old and younger. By January 1, 2015, all new motorcycle riders must complete the course. More information on the beginning or experienced rider course and Team Oregon motorcycle safety program, fees and schedule is available on the Team Oregon website or by calling (800) 545-9944.

    Instruction Permits

    A motorcycle instruction permit in Oregon authorizes motorcycle operation during daylight, under the supervision of a licensed motorcycle driver who is at least 21 years old and in visual contact with the permit holder. To obtain this permit, you must apply in person at the DMV office and meet the following requirements:

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you must obtain a parent or guardian's signature for the Driver License/ID Card application, unless you're married or emancipated.

    Motorcycle instruction permits are valid for 1 year from the date they are issued, but are not renewable. If a permit is expired, but it has only been 1 year or less, you may re-apply for an original motorcycle instruction permit. After 1 year of expiration, you must successfully complete the knowledge and vision tests and pay the fees again.

    Motorcycle Endorsement on Your License

    To obtain a motorcycle endorsement, which authorizes the operation of any size motorcycle, you must apply in person at the DMV and meet the following requirements:

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you must obtain a parent or guardian's signature for the Driver License/ID Card application, unless you're married or emancipated. If you are younger than 21 years old, you must complete a Team Oregon Motorcycle Basic Rider Training Course.

    Fees

    There is a fee for the permit ($23.50); the endorsement for an existing Oregon license is $87. $144 for an endorsement with no existing OR driver's license.

    The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit cards, but does accept checks with proper ID, and cash machines are available at most locations.

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