Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

If you are a confirmed motorcyclist and would like to get your Wisconsin motorcycle license, hopefully you've already obtained your copy of the Wisconsin Motorcyclists' Handbook. This handbook provides a wealth of information about riding gear, safety, and educational courses.

Now that you're ready to apply, we've outlined the steps for you. The applications you'll find in this section can be viewed using the free Adobe Reader.

Motorcycle Instruction Permit

In order to be issued a motorcycle instruction permit, you'll need to apply at a DMV service center. Make sure you meet the requirements:

Your instruction permit will be good for 6 months from the date it is issued.

New Residents Under 18

In order to apply for a motorcycle license in Wisconsin, you must be 16 years old and will need to provide the DMV service center with the following:

If a skills test is required you will need to supply a motorcycle in good working order, and must wear a helmet and eye protection while you are being tested. The test will take place on a track at the DMV facility and the applicant will be asked to demonstrate a number of motorcycle driving skills and maneuvers.

Applicants Over 18

First, you'll need to apply for your Wisconsin driver's license if you don't already have one. Most riders have both a Class D (automobile) license and the motorcycle license, too. In Wisconsin the motorcycle license is called a Class M license.

Here are the steps to complete when you go the local DMV service center:

  • Complete a Driver License/State ID Application.
  • Provide your Social Security number.
  • Answer the medical questions on the application.
  • Successfully complete a vision test.
  • Surrender your out-of-state driver license and/or identification card if you are new to Wisconsin.
  • Pay the fee of $22, plus the $15 skills exam fee, if necessary.
  • Have your photograph taken.
  • Provide proof of residency.
  • Take a driving skills test or show proof of completion of a Basic Motorcycle Training Course.

Medical Questions

In Wisconsin, the DMV is authorized to ask a series of medical-related question of all license applicants. These questions are not voluntary, but are required.

Depending on how you answer the questions, the DMV may require additional information from your medical services provider. Depending on the situation, you may also need to take a written knowledge test, the highway signs tests, and a driving skills exam.

Advanced Motorcycle Training

Taking an advanced motorcycle training program is an option open to any motorcyclist who already holds a motorcycle license. These advanced courses can help you learn and master more complex motorcycle skills to make your riding even safer. In some cases, they may even be able to help you keep your insurance premiums down, as some companies offer discounts to riders with extra training. Ask your insurance agent about this.

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