Written by attorney Bill Powers

Motorcycle Permit in North Carolina - General Information - Bill Powers NC Traffic Defense Lawyer

Motorcycle Learner Permit

• If an applicant is at least 16 years old but less than 18 years old, the applicant must possess a full provisional license issued by the division. Parent or guardian’s signature is required.

• If an applicant is 18 years old or older, the applicant must possess a license issued by the division.

• The motorcycle learner permit authorizes a person to operate a motorcycle without passengers.

• If an applicant is less than 18 years old, the applicant must successfully complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course or the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course.

• The motorcycle learner permit is valid for 12 months and may be renewed for one additional six-month period.

• Required testing includes vision, traffic signs, and the motorcycle knowledge test.

Each driver license test must be passed separately. Applicants for a CDL Class A, B or C license should study the required chapters of the CDL Handbook.

Applicants for a motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle learner permit should study the Motorcycle Handbook.

The Motorcycle Handbook is available on the DMV website at and at local driver license offices.

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