Motorcycle License in West Virginia
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Although motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles seem worlds apart, obtaining your motorcycle license or endorsement is similar to obtaining your driver's license or CDL endorsements for other vehicles.
In order to be eligible for a motorcycle endorsement (F) on your existing driver's license, you must:
- Already possess a Class E driver's license
- Pass a knowledge test and on-cycle skills test (practice tests and answers, as well as a wealth of other information, can be found in the Motorcycle Manual
- Complete Level II GDL before receiving a motorcycle instruction permit (applies only if you are younger than 18 years old)
You can apply at your local DMV office.
In order to apply for your motorcycle-only license, you must fill the same requirements as needed for a motorcycle endorsement; however, you won't need to test on a four-wheel vehicle.
If you're new to West Virginia and already have a motorcycle endorsement, you can transfer your existing endorsement at the same time you transfer your driver's license.
Riding a motorcycle offers a certain liberation―the open road, the wind in your hair, the envious expressions of minivan drivers you pass. But no matter how many times we hear, "Get your Motor Runnin'," none of us are as experienced as Peter Fonda's character in "Easy Rider" when we first hop on a motorcycle, and none of us need to try impersonating Evel Knievel the first day of riding, if ever. But riding can still be fun―and safe―thanks to training and safety courses.
West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program
The West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program offers rider courses developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). These courses are taught by MSF-certified instructors and are approved by the state. Successful graduates from the courses reap many rewards, such as being exempt from taking the state riding skills test for their motorcycle licenses or endorsements.