Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Alaska

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides multiple classes of motorcycle licenses and endorsements depending on the type of motor-driven cycle you want to operate. Let’s find out which type is right for you and how to apply for it.

Motorcycle Permits & Licenses

We’re beginning with Alaska’s Class M1 motorcycle license (or endorsement, if you already have a valid driver’s license) because it’s the license that allows you to operate any:

  • Motorcycle with an engine displacement of more than 50 cc.
  • Motor scooter, motorized bike, or other type of motor-driven cycle with an engine displacement of fewer than 50 cc.

If you’re interested in applying for a full M1 motorcycle license so you can operate all of the vehicles listed above, head over to our guide on motorcycle licenses in Alaska for instructions on obtaining these credentials.

Motor-Driven Cycles

The Class M2 permit is a special permit for drivers who are 14 years old or 15 years old who want to operate mopeds, scooters, motorized bicycles, and other motor-driven cycles with engine displacements of fewer than 50 cc*.

As part of getting your Class M2 permit, you’ll either complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course OR pass the following exams:

To apply for a Class M2 permit, head to your local AK DMV office and:

You must register and insure your motor-driven cycle just as you would a regular motorcycle. 

*NOTE: You DO NOT need a Class M2 permit to operate motorcycles and motor scooters with engine displacements under 50cc in Alaska IF you already have a valid basic driver’s license.

3-Wheeled Motorcycles

Alaska Class M3 motorcycle licenses allow you to operate motor-driven cycles with 3 wheels and engine displacements of more than 50 cc—you must be at least 16 years old to apply. 

If you’re younger than 18 years old, you must hold an instruction permit for at least 6 months before being issued a Class M3 license. Your parent or legal guardian must also give consent for you to apply for this type of license if you’re under 18 years old.  

In Alaska, you must meet certain testing and education requirements to qualify for a Class M3 license; you must either take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course OR pass the following tests:

  • A written motorcycle knowledge test (unless you have a valid motorcycle learner’s permit.
  • A Motorcycle road test on the applicable motor-driven cycle with an engine displacement of more than 50cc.

When you’re ready to apply for your M3 license, head to your local DMV office branch and:

Your Class M3 license is valid for 5 years and expires on your birthday.

You must register and insure your Class M3 cycle the same way you would a traditional motorcycle.

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