Nevada Motorcycle Driver’s License
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, obtaining a Class M motorcycle driver’s license is a must. The state of Nevada issues a Class M driver license rather than an endorsement. To get be able to get a motorcycle driver’s license, you must be at least 16 years old but as early as 15, you are eligible for an instruction permit.
In order to legally ride a motorcycle in Nevada, you will have to go through the process of getting a motorcycle license. You are given two options – pass an approved course or pass the knowledge and skills test from your local DMV Office.
The Nevada Rider Program
The Nevada Rider program of the Office of Traffic Safety sponsored the driving courses offered by the following schools:
Ø Western Nevada Community College in Carson City (775) 887-3113
Ø Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno (775) 829-9010
Ø Nevada Rider in Rural areas (800) 889-8779 or (775) 687-4321
No instruction permit or motorcycle is needed to take these courses; bikes are provided. The courses offered must meet the Motorcycle Operator Skills test which is a standard from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Upon completion of the course, bring your certificate of completion and your existing driver’s license to the nearest DMV office to have your new license issued.
Youth Applicant for Nevada Motorcycle Driver’s License
If you are under the age of 18, bring your parent or guardian to attach a signature once you are done with the driver license application form.
You have to apply first in person then take the knowledge test at a DMV Full Service Office. No appointment are necessary, you only have to pay the testing fee and another amount for the licensing fee. Bring your existing driver’s license and fill up the application forms.
You are given then a choice whether to obtain a Motorcycle Instruction Permit or not.
If you don’t apply for the permit, you are not allowed to ride a motorcycle until you have successfully completed the skills test. A licensed motorcycle operator is required to accompany you to the DMV for your skills test. Once you obtain an instruction permit, you can ride a motorcycle under the direct visual supervision of a licensed motorcycle operator who is at least 21 years old and has a valid motorcycle driver’s license for at least a year.
DMV Administered Test
If you choose to take the test at the DMV, instead of taking the instruction course, you have to pass the knowledge test first before you will be eligible to sign up for the skills test. Call your nearest DMV office to set up an appointment and asks for locations where you can get the test.
The test will include a pre-trip inspection, a test where you have to demonstrate knowledge of the bike and its different controls as well as equipment, and an on-road test that will address skills for stopping, turning, changing lines and quick turns with your motorcycle.
After you successfully pass the skills test and the registration check, you will then receive a temporary motorcycle driver’s license at the DMV office.
Your official motorcycle driver’s license will be mailed to you soon after completion of all requirements.