Obtaining a Motorcycle Permit and License

Obtaining your Class M Permit

Any person who is at least 16 years of age and has not had a driver's license or right to operate taken away by the Registrar may apply for a Class M (Motorcycle) permit at any RMV full service office.

Complete the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application. This form is also available at any RMV full service office.

You must present the application, the required ID documents, and the $30.00 fee, in person, to any RMV full service office to take the written test. The test is given on an automated testing system on a walk-in basis during posted branch hours.

The written test consists of twenty five (25) questions. You must answer eighteen (18) questions correctly to pass.

At the time of your written test, you must also pass an eye screening for field vision and basic colors.

Please note that if you fail the written permit exam, you must present the required sources of identification documentation the next time you apply for a permit. Please refer to the list of identification requirements to ensure that you bring the necessary documents with you.

Alternative Exam Options

If you have a cognitive or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a standard learner’s permit exam through ATS, you may request an alternative extended time, paper, or oral exam. To request an extended time or paper exam, you must speak to the Branch Manager when you visit the branch. To request an oral exam, please call 857-368-8105 and leave a message that includes your name, your telephone number, the specifics of your request, and the Registry Branch Office where you would like to take your oral exam. You will then be contacted by a Registry employee who will help you schedule an exam.

Oral exams are only available in English.

For oral exams, you must provide the Branch Manager with written documentation that confirms the nature of your disability. This documentation may be a Doctor's or Social Worker's letter, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a letter from a school on official letterhead. You will also need to provide all of the required identification documents.

An oral exam will only be provided if it has been scheduled in advance by calling the number above. Extended time and paper exams do not need to be scheduled in advance.

Fees

For a complete list of fees, please visit our fee chart.

Documentation Requirements

If you are under 18 years of age:

You must present the following:

  • Document proving date of birth
  • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.

If you are 18 years of age or older.

You must present the following:

  • Document proving date of birth
  • Document proving signature
  • Document proving Massachusetts residency
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.

All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted. Your right to operate will be verified through the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) and the National Driver Register (NDR) to determine if it is suspended, revoked, cancelled, withdrawn, or disqualified in any state or the District of Columbia. You must pay all required fees. All documents you present must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted.

A Massachusetts Liquor ID can be used to prove date of birth or signature.

Parental Consent

If you are under 18 years of age, you must obtain the written consent of a parent, guardian, child guardian division or boarding school headmaster. Written consent must be given by signing the front of the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application. If the person giving consent is NOT a parent, proper documentation of authority must be shown at the time of the written test.

Obtaining a Duplicate Class M Permit

You must appear in person at an RMV office to have a duplicate permit issued for $15. If your permit has expired you need to take and pass the written test and pay the $30 fee to obtain an updated permit.

Limitations with a Class M Permit

You may NOT carry a passenger. You may drive during daylight hours ONLY (between sunrise and sunset). You must wear a DOT standard helmet. You must also wear eyeglasses, goggles or a protective face shield unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen or windshield. You may not operate a motorcycle outside Massachusetts if that state's laws prevent you from legally doing so.

Renewing a Class M Permit

You cannot renew a motorcycle permit. Permits expire two (2) years from the date of issue. If you need a new permit, you'll need to present the required sources of identification, take and pass the written test and pay the $30 fee

Obtaining a Class M License

Chapter 259 of the Acts of 2010 states that a junior operator under the age of 18 must complete the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) to get a Class M (motorcycle) license or endorsement.

You may apply for a Class M license if you are at least 18 years old and have a valid Class M permit. You may also apply if you are 16 1/2 years old and have successfully completed all JOL requirements and have completed the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP). Parental consent is required for applicants under 18 years of age.

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO OBTAIN YOUR MOTORCYCLE LICENSE:

  • Take a Massachusetts Rider Education Program approved license waiver course. Courses that are Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified are the Basic Rider Course, the Experienced Rider Course, and the Evergreen Sidecar/Trike Course.
    • If you test on a sidecar or trike, you will be issued a motorcycle license with a J restriction. This means that you will be restricted to operating a 3-wheel motorcycle.
  • Take a Registry of Motor Vehicles road test

Massachusetts Rider Education Program Approved License Waiver Course

Students who complete and pass a Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) approved motorcycle safety license waiver course do not have to take the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) motorcycle road test. The road test fees are waived.

Once you have completed and passed the course, the Site Coordinator will submit your information to the RMV. If you have pre-paid all of the required fees and have no outstanding issues, the RMV will mail your license to the address on record. Make sure that the Site Coordinator and the RMV have your current address on record.
You can change your address on the RMV website.

The RMV encourages you to prepay the license issuance fee to avoid visiting a branch after course completion. You can pre-pay the license fee through the RMV automated telephone system:

  • Step 1: Call 857-368-8000 (from the 339, 617, 781, or 857 area codes or outside of MA) or 800-858-3926 (from all other area codes in MA)
  • Step 2: Say "Road Test"
  • Step 3: Say "Pre-Pay"
  • Step 4: Say your Permit Number. Do not be concerned when the system says "Scheduled Road Test"
  • Step 5: Say your Date of Birth
  • Step 6: The total should be $15.00. Pay with credit card

If you have not pre-paid for the motorcycle endorsement or you have outstanding issues, you will be mailed an MREP Certificate of Completion. The MREP Certificate of Completion is only good for 90 days. You will need to visit an RMV branch to obtain your motorcycle endorsement. Outstanding issues include:

  • Unpaid parking tickets, excise tax, child support, or E-ZPass MA violations
  • Pending license suspension/revocation
  • Suspended or revoked license status
  • Expired motorcycle permit
  • Junior Operator license requirements not met
  • Hold a Mass ID or Liquor ID

You must present all of the following at an RMV branch before a motorcycle endorsement can be issued:

  • Completed and stamped MREP Certificate of Completion (expires in 90 days)
  • Valid motorcycle permit
  • $15.00 for a motorcycle endorsement or $50.00 for a motorcycle only license (if you did not pre-pay)
  • Current MA driver's license, if applying for a motorcycle endorsement
  • Completed Class D/M License Application

If you are under 18 years of age, you must:

  • Obtain parent or guardian signature on application
  • Complete Class D driver's education
  • Hold a permit for a minimum of six months
  • Complete the MREP Basic Rider Course

You must follow all the rules of your permit until you receive your motorcycle endorsement:

  • You may not carry a passenger
  • You can drive only during daylight hours (between sunrise and sunset)
  • You must wear a DOT standard helmet
  • You must wear eyeglasses, goggles or a protective face shield unless the motorcycle has a windshield or screen
  • You may operate your motorcycle with your permit in another state as long as it does not violate that state's laws

Registry of Motor Vehicles Road Test

Scheduling a Road Test

Once you have passed the written permit test and completed all necessary JOL requirements, you must call the RMV Telephone Center to schedule your road test. All road tests must be scheduled by the phone center. You may NOT make a road test appointment in person.

Vehicle Requirements for Class M Road Tests

For all road tests, you are required to supply a properly equipped, legally registered and insured motorcycle that has a valid inspection sticker. The motorcycle must be acceptable to the examiner. You must wear a DOT standard helmet. You must also wear eyeglasses, goggles or a protective face shield unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen or windshield.

Sponsor Requirements

You are not required to have a sponsor accompany you for a motorcycle road test.

To Obtain Your Class M License

You must bring the following to the road test: a completed Class D or M Road Test Application, your Class M permit and a motorcycle.

You must successfully complete the road test before the expiration date on your permit.

Bring the stamped, signed permit, a completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application, and the appropriate fees to any RMV full service office to get your license.

If you Hold a Current Massachusetts License

If you currently hold a valid Massachusetts license of any class, you may add a motorcycle endorsement if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have a valid Massachusetts license
  • Have a valid Class M Permit
  • Pass the motorcycle road test, surrender your license and permit and pay a $15.00 fee to add the motorcycle endorsement and receive a new license.
  • Or Complete the Motorcycle Rider Education Program Training Course listed above.

 

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