February 27, 2024

How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in Connecticut

Connecticut Motorcycle Driver’s License

Connecticut Motorcycle Driver's License

Under the Connecticut DMV guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must first have a motorcycle driver’s license or a Class M motorcycle permit and instruction permit. However, in order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement you must possess a valid Connecticut driver’s license.

Basic Requirements for the License

The motorcycle permit is valid for 60 days and will allow you to practice riding a motorcycle before applying for a motorcycle endorsement. To get a permit, visit any DMV office and provide the following:

  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • A notarized Certificate of Parental Consent or (Form 2-D) for applicants who are under 18 years old.
  • Complete application for Non-commercial Driver’s License or (Form R-229).
  • Pay testing fee worth $40 for motorcycle knowledge and vision test. IF you fail the exam a re-exam is allowed after the initial failure and will have to pay another $40. See acceptable forms of payment.
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge and vision test. Study the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual and the Connecticut Driver’s Manual.

Applicants who want to get a motorcycle permit which is valid for 60 days only have to follow the following restrictions:

  • Permit is valid only in Connecticut.
  • Valid only during daylight.
  • You are not allowed to transport passengers.
  • No driving on multiple-lane highways.
  • Must wear vision protection, helmet or protective headgear.

The Motorcycle Safety Training Course

After getting a motorcycle permit, you are required to complete a mandatory DMV approved motorcycle safety course then apply for an endorsement. The course should be approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles which is valid for two years.  Once you have completed the motorcycle safety course, you must visit a full-service regional hub office to get your “M” endorsement added to your Connecticut Driver’s license.

Note: A person 18 years of age or older is allowed to practice driving without a learner’s permit as long as the privilege given to them to drive hasn’t been suspended or revoked in any state.

To obtain a Connecticut Motorcycle Driver’s license, applicants who are over 18 must:

  • Present important documents as acceptable forms of identification.
  • Complete an application for non-commercial driver’s license or the Form R-229.
  • Show proof of attending and completing an 8 hours course on Safe Driver’s Practices.
  • Pay your fees.
  • Pass the written knowledge test, road test and vision screening test.
  • Remember that on-the-road test is not administered on the same day as the knowledge test. See walk-in testing hours.

For applicants who wanted to apply for a motorcycle license with permit must:

  • Have a valid Connecticut motorcycle driver’s license.
  • Have a valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Certificates that verify your completion of DMV-approved motorcycle safety training course.

After you earn a motorcycle endorsement, you have to follow the following restrictions:

  • Drivers who are 18 years old and above are not allowed transporting passengers for the first 90 days since they obtain a motorcycle endorsement.
  • Drivers who are 16 and 17 years old are not allowed to transport any passenger on a motorcycle for six months after getting the endorsement.

Once you receive a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license, they are both considered as one and the same. Once your motorcycle driver’s license was lost, stolen or damaged, you need to follow the regular procedures of DMV of Connecticut for replacing a driver’s license.

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