How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in Arizona

Arizona Motorcycle Driver’s License

Motorcycle License in Arizona

The state of Arizona requires all residents who want to operate a motorcycle to apply for a motorcycle driver’s license. Applicants must be at least 15 years and seven months old. The licenses are issued by “Class” such as M for motorcycle, G for graduated, D for operator and A, B, C for commercial licenses. A Class M license will be added at the back of your current license.

Basic Requirements for the License

You can apply for a motorcycle instruction permit and license at any MVD office. However, in order to apply for a motorcycle driver’s license you must first apply for an instruction permit. New applicants who want to get a motorcycle instruction permit must complete the following requirements:


  • Fill out the application for at your local MVD office.
  • Study the Motorcycle Operator Manual and take the written test.
  • Pay the application fee which, as of this writing, is $25.

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However, permit holders are not allowed to drive on the highway, during the evening or ride with any passengers.

Motorcycle Licenses in Arizona

The Class M license or endorsement is required to operate a motorcycle or any motor-driven cycle in the state of Arizona. Applicants who are under the age of 18 must have held an Arizona instruction permit for 6 months that is valid during the time of the Class M application.

Applicants should also have completed a motorcycle driver education program approved by MVD or a parent or guardian’s certification that the applicant has completed at least 30 hours of riding practice. Applicants holding an out-of-state motorcycle driver’s license or endorsement are exempted from the driver education and instruction permit requirements.

Class G Motorcycle License

Class G or graduated driver license with motorcycle endorsement is issued to applicants who are between 16 and 18 years of age and is valid to operate any vehicle that does not require a commercial license.

However, the applicant must have held both an Arizona graduated instruction permit and a motorcycle permit for at least 16 months.

Applicants must have completed both a graduated and motorcycle driver education program or proof that he/she have completed at least 30 hours of motorcycle riding practice. The holder of a graduated license is not required to get an operator license at age 18 but may choose to get one.

Completing these key requirements, depending on your target Class, should earn you your Arizona motorcycle driver’s license.

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