Motorcycle License in Alabama
New to Alabama?
As a new Alabama resident, you may turn in your out-of-state motorcycle license for an Alabama motorcycle license. To do so, bring the following to your local Department of Public Safety(DPS) office:
- Your out-of-state driver's license and/or motorcycle license (if your former state issued them separately).
- Your Social Security card.
- One primary form of identification.
- Payment for the $5 transfer fee and $36.25 license fee (no checks allowed).
AL Motorcycle Age Requirements
- 14 years old: eligible for a motor-driven cycle license.
- 16 years old: eligible for a Class M motorcycle license.
Motorcycle Versus Motor-Driven Cycle
The Alabama DPS recognizes two classes of engine-equipped cycles―motor-driven cycles and motorcycles. You'll need to make sure you understand the difference, as some of the requirements for proper licensing and registration are bike-based.
A motor-driven cycle is defined as any motorcycle or motor scooter that has:
- A motor that produces no more than 5 HP (hp).
- An engine size of 150 CC (cc) or less.
- A weight of less than 200 lbs. when fully equipped.
If you're looking to get licensed for and register your scooter, moped, or motor-driven cycle, you'll want to visit our page on Scooters and Mopeds in Alabama.
A motorcycle is defined as being:
- A motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider.
- Designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, excluding a tractor.
Earning Your Alabama Motorcycle or Motor-Driven Cycle License
To qualify for an AL motor-driven cycle license, you must be at least 14 years old. The minimum age for a motorcycle license is 16 years old.
You must have a motorcycle (M) endorsement on your license to legally operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle. To get a motorcycle (M) endorsement, you must either pass the DPS' motorcycle knowledge exam or complete a motorcycle safety course.
If you opt for taking the knowledge test, you'll need to do the following:
- Study the material found in the Alabama Motorcycle Operator Manual. You can pick one up at any DPS station, State Trooper Office, or Probate Judge or License Commissioner Office.
- Take at least one practice test to assess if you're ready to pass Alabama's motorcycle knowledge exam.
- Make a test appointment with your local AL DPS office.
If you're interested in taking an motorcycle safety course instead, call (800) 446-9227 or visit Motorcycle Safety Foundation for more information.
- Birth certificate.
- Social Security card.
- A third form of acceptable secondary identification.
- Applicants 15 years old must provide acceptable proof of school enrollment or graduation by providing any one of the following:
―A certified letter from your school stating that you are enrolled.
―A GED or diploma.
―An Enrollment/Exclusion (Form DL1/93).
- Take the written knowledge exam or present proof that you've completed a motorcycle safety course.
- Pay the $5 testing fee (if applicable) and $36.25 licensing fee (checks are not accepted).
- Alabama Department of Public Safety
- Driver License Division
- P.O. Box 1471
- Montgomery, AL 36102
When you're ready to apply for your M endorsement, bring the following documents to your local DPS office:
At the DPS office, be prepared to:
Alabama Motorcycle License Riding Restrictions
Riders 14 and 15 Years Old
Riders who are 14 and 15 years old will receive a Class M license with a "B" restriction. This restriction indicates that you may only operate a motor-driven cycle. When you turn 16 years old, you will become eligible to take the exams for an unrestricted Class M motorcycle license. The AL Class M license is valid for 4 years.
Riders 16 Years and Older
If you're the age of 16 years old or older and have met the requirements and passed the tests, you'll be issued an unrestricted Class M driver's license. This license allows you to legally operate either a motorcycle or a motor-driven cycle.
For questions about your license, contact your local DPS Office by calling (334) 242-4400 or by sending questions to:
Submit to the Driver License Division as proof of enrollment OR lawful exclusion from enrollment in school when applying for your Alabama driver's license or learner's permit.
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