New Hampshire Motorcycle Driver’s License
Anyone who wants to drive or operate a motorcycle in New Hampshire must have a Class M motorcycle license or a motorcycle instruction permit. However, applicants must have a regular driver’s license first and then complete a certified training course. You can apply for a motorcycle permit and license at any DMV office in New Hampshire.
Basic Requirements for the License
Applicants for a motorcycle instruction permit must be at least 16 years old and should complete the following requirements:
- Fill up the application form and submit the original copy in person.
- Pay the application fee
- Provide acceptable proof of identity.
- Pass the vision test
- Pass the written examination
For more information about the knowledge test, study the New Hampshire Motorcycle Operator Manual. The DMV requires all applicants to pass the written motorcycle knowledge test about the traffic signs, motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques.
Also, the New Hampshire DMV will require you to provide acceptable proof of identity during your application therefore you have to bring the following documents:
- Original Birth certificate issued in any state
- Parental consent form for 18 years old and below.
- Driver’s license or instruction permit issued in another state
- US passport
- US military ID card
- Social security number
Upon completion of the requirements above, applicants will receive a learner’s permit that will allow them to practice driving a motorcycle. However, the instruction permit will not allow you to drive on the highway, drive during the evening and to carry any passengers. Once you are confident to take the road skills test, contact your local DMV office to schedule the test.
During the skills test, you will be tested on your basic vehicle control and ability to avoid crashes. Yur ability to handle normal and hazardous situations will be assessed along the lines of how you:
- Adjust speed depending on the traffic situation
- Stop, turn and swerve
- Make critical decisions then execute them
- Follow motorcycle and riding limitations
- Communicate well with other drivers
- Ability to choose the correct path and stay within boundaries.
Avoiding the Skills Test
Passing the motorcycle skills test will be your last step in getting a motorcycle driver’s license or motorcycle endorsement on your current driver’s license. But like many states, New Hampshire will waive your skills test and issue you a motorcycle license (Class M) if you have successfully completed a state-approved basic motorcycle rider safety course. The courses last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks and include classroom instruction. It also offers a driver training in a controlled, 0ff-street environment.
Once you successfully completed this course, you will be eligible for a motorcycle driver’s license without having to undertake the New Hampshire road test.
When you have your motorcycle driver’s license or endorsement, you may ride your motorcycle anywhere in the state.