How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in Colorado

Colorado Motorcycle Driver’s License

Colorado Motorcycle Driver's License

Rocky Mountain High!  To ride a motorcycle over the peaks of Colorado, you need to obtain first a motorcycle “M” endorsement on your current basic license because the state does not offer a “motorcycle only” license. If you are a resident of Colorado and hold a valid driver’s license, then you are eligible of a motorcycle endorsement.

To add a motorcycle endorsement on your current license, you have to two options – pass the state tests or pass a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Training course. If you choose the first option, you have to complete the licensing requirements.

Basic Requirements for the License

For new applicants who are over 18 years old, you have to complete the general requirements listed below to get a motorcycle endorsement:

  • Pass the motorcycle written test.
  • Pass the motorcycle driving skill test at any Driver’s License Office in Colorado or at any third party test centers.
  • Pass the vision test.
  • Pass the physical aptitude review.
  • Undergo a review of the Driving Record.
  • Pay the required fee.

Youth Applicants

For new applicants of motorcycle endorsement who are between 16 and 18 years old, you must complete the requirements above and the following:

    • Must be at least 16 years of age.
    • Provide an affidavit of liability or parental content.
    • Must have a motorcycle instruction permit for 12 months.

For new applicants who are between 15 and 16 years old, you must complete all the requirements given above and the following:

    • Proof of completion of the Motorcycle Operator Skills Training or MOST programs.
    • Once you completed the aforementioned prerequisites, you will be given an instruction permit that will allow you to practice driving motorcycle under a supervision of a licensed driver.

The instruction permit that you will receive will allow you to:

    • Drive under the supervision of your MOST instructors or a parent or guardian who signed the affidavit of liability.
    • If you are not driving a parent or guardian, you need to have their permission to ride with an adult over 21 years of age that possess a valid Colorado driving licensed endorsed for motorcycles.

Your motorcycle learner’s permit is valid for one year and if it expires, it is no longer valid. To apply for a new learner’s permit, you have to take the knowledge examination and vision test again and must present approved identification documents. You have to hold your new motorcycle learner’s permit for 39 days before you will be qualified to get a motorcycle driver’s license or endorsement. To replace your motorcycle learner’s permit, you have to visit a driver’s license office then present certain documents for identification.

The Motorcycle Safety Training Course

If you don’t have a driver’s license, you have to enroll first at a Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course. These programs are offered also by the third party instructors teaching approved curriculum for motorcycle training. This course is generally a 15 hour program that will cover all facets of the motorcycle for a new rider. This will also include both written and skills test.


After you completed these steps, you should have successfully obtained your Colorado Motorcycle Driver’s license.

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