Motorcycle License in Oregon

If there was ever a state to ride a motorcycle through, it'd be Oregon. From border to border you'll enjoy the freedom of the open road, lined with pines, wandering rivers, and mountain landscapes you won't find anywhere else.

When you're ready to get your OR motorcycle endorsement, this guide will take you through every step of the process.

New Residents to Oregon

If you just moved to Oregon and already have a motorcycle endorsement/license* from another state, you can transfer by visiting your local Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) office and:

  • Surrendering your out-of-state motorcycle license.
  • Providing proof of your:
    • Full name and birth date.
    • Legal presence in the United States.
    • Social Security number.
    • Oregon residency.
  • Paying the $144 motorcycle licensing fee.

If you'd like to learn more about transferring your out-of-state motorcycle endorsement/license to Oregon credentials, call your local DMV office for details.

*NOTE: In Oregon, you DO NOT need a motorcycle endorsement for an autocycle, which has 3 wheels, a steering wheel, non-straddled seat, and a 3-point safety belt or harness IF you already possess any class of driver's license. Any other type motorcycle requires an endorsement.

OR Motorcycle License Eligibility

To be eligible to receive an Oregon motorcycle endorsement, you must:

After completing each of the eligibility requirements above, you'll be on track to receiving your Oregon motorcycle endorsement.

To prepare yourself fully to ride, you can also opt to apply for a motorcycle instruction permit. This will give you the ability to practice riding before you fully apply for your endorsement.

*NOTE: In Oregon, you DON'T need a motorcycle endorsement in order to ride an autocycle, which has 3 wheels, a steering wheel, a non-straddled seat, and a manufacturer-installed 3-point safety harness or belt IF you already have any class of driver's license. Any other type motorcycle requires an endorsement.

OR Motorcycle Instruction Permit

To give yourself the most preparation for riding a motorcycle, you can opt to get an Oregon motorcycle instruction permit. You must be at least 16 years old to do so. Visit your local Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division office branch and:

  • Present your current Oregon driver license.
  • Provide proof of your:
  • Pass the following exams:
    • Written motorcycle knowledge test.
    • Vision test.
  • Pay the $23.50 motorcycle permit fee.

Your OR motorcycle instruction permit is valid for 1 year. You can now practice riding your bike before applying for your endorsement!

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OR Motorcycle Permit Restrictions

Before you get out on the road and ride, there are restrictions you'll need to keep in mind. As a motorcycle permit holder, you're prohibited from riding:

  • Without a supervisor at least 21 years old who holds a valid motorcycle endorsement.
  • During the night or when lighting is not ideal.
  • With passengers.
  • Without a DMV-approved motorcycle helmet.

Oregon Motorcycle Education

A TEAM OREGON motorcycle education course is required for all Oregon motorcycle endorsement applicants.

TEAM OREGON offers classes for all levels of experience, and if you're a beginner, the Basic Course will teach you valuable skills like:

  • Turning, shifting, and stopping.
  • Assessing risky paths for riding.
  • Communicating with other drivers.
  • Dealing with emergencies.

If you'd like to learn more about Oregon motorcycle education, or are ready to enroll in a course, check out the TEAM OREGON website.

How to Get an Oregon Motorcycle License

Once you've completed the required motorcycle education course, and you meet the licensing eligibility requirements, visit your local DMV office and present the following:

  • Certificate of TEAM OREGON course completion.
  • Current Oregon driver's license.
  • Proof of your:
    • Identity, legal name, and birth date.
    • Social Security number.
    • Oregon residency and legal presence.
  • Payment for the applicable OR motorcycle endorsement fee (see below for details).

You'll then receive your Oregon motorcycle endorsement! It will expire along with your standard OR driver's license.

OR Motorcycle Endorsement Fees

The fees associated with getting your Oregon motorcycle endorsement are as follows:

  • Motorcycle instruction permit: $23.50.
  • Motorcycle endorsement on existing Oregon driver license: $87.
  • New OR driver's license with motorcycle endorsement: $144.
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