How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in Vermont

Vermont Motorcycle Driver’s License

Vermont Motorcycle Driver's License

Every Vermont resident who wants to operate a motorcycle on the streets and highways of Vermont must hold a valid operator or junior operator license with proper motorcycle endorsement.

Aside from that, the commissioner may issue a restricted motorcycle driver’s license, to persons who are physically disabled, for the operation of a three-wheel motorcycle.

To get a motorcycle endorsement, you must head to your local DMV examination station and pass a 25 question, multiple choice, written test based on the motorcycle manual. In order to pass the examination you have to answer 20 questions correctly. The result of the written test will be valid for 120 days from the date of the examination. If you fail the test, you must wait for at least one day before you retake the exam again.


Once you successfully complete the written exam, you will be required to successfully complete a skills test before the motorcycle endorsement will be issued. Remember that you will not be permitted to take the road skills test unless the motorcycle you provide for this purpose is properly equipped, registered, insured and in good mechanical condition. There is also an annual feefor the motorcycle endorsement. To learn more about the written and road skills test, study the motorcycle manual.

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A Vermont-licensed resident, who does not have a motorcycle endorsement on his current driver’s license, must obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit.

In order to get a learner’s permit, you must successfully complete a 4 hour Vermont Motorcycle Awareness Program training course or:

  • Make an appointment to undertake the examination at a DMV office near you. To pass the examination, get 20 correct answers out of 25 questions. If you failed the written test, wait at least one day before taking the exam again.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years, you must have a valid Junior Operator license and must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Motorcycle learner permit application.
  • A fee is charged for each written examination as well as for the renewal of the Motorcycle Learner permit. However, a duplicate of the learner’s permit is free.
  • After a learner’s permit is issued, you have to set up an appointment for your road skills test. The permit is valid only for 120 days from the date of issue and if you are not yet ready to take the skills test at the end of the 120 days period, the permit may be renewed. The renewal of the permit is available at all Department of Vehicle offices.
  • The motorcycle learner’s permit may be renewed only twice and if during the original period and two renewals that the holder has not taken the skills test or the motorcycle training course, he may not obtain another motorcycle learner’s permit for 12 months.

With the motorcycle learner’s permit you will be allowed to ride anywhere within the state of Vermont but only during the daylight hours, without any passengers and under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Remember that whenever you operate a motorcycle, you must have a valid Vermont motorcycle driver’s license, motorcycle learner’s permit and insurance card in your possession.

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