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Wisconsin Motorcycle Endorsements

In the state of Wisconsin, drivers must obtain a motorcycle license endorsement to operate a motorcycle on state roads and highways. Motorcycle license applicants must meet state requirements on testing, drivers education courses and age restrictions. Strict motorcycle licensing requirements ensure that applicants can safely operate a motorcycle around other drivers. Motorcycle license knowledge tests teach applicants rules of the road and motorcycle-specific regulations. Residents can continue reading below for more information on motorcycle licensing procedures at the Wisconsin DMV.

In the state of Wisconsin, drivers must obtain a motorcycle license endorsement to operate a motorcycle on state roads and highways. Motorcycle license applicants must meet state requirements on testing, drivers education courses and age restrictions. Strict motorcycle licensing requirements ensure that applicants can safely operate a motorcycle around other drivers. Motorcycle license knowledge tests teach applicants rules of the road and motorcycle-specific regulations. Residents can continue reading below for more information on motorcycle licensing procedures at the Wisconsin DMV.

Getting a Motorcycle Permit in Wisconsin

If you would like to operate a moped in Wisconsin, you can do so with a regular Class D drivers license or your probationary drivers license. A moped is defined as a vehicle capable of a speed no more than 30mph, with a 150-pound rider on a dry, hard, level surface with no wind, a power source and a seat for the rider.

In order to get a WI motorcycle permit at the DMV, you must pass a vision screening, a knowledge test and a sign test. If you are under 18, you must be at least 16, have a sponsor, provide proof of drivers ed completion and proof of Basic Motorcycle Rider Course enrollment or completion. Motorcycle riders from out-of-state must surrender valid motorcycle licenses before obtaining Class M licenses in Wisconsin.

Note that your motorcycle license permit is valid for only six months, which is the allotment of time you have to complete your motorcycle skills test. If you cannot take your skills test within six months, you can renew your permit for an additional six months.

With your motorcycle permit, you must:

  • Wear an approved helmet.
  • Wear protection for your eyes.
  • Ride alone only during daylight.
  • Be accompanied by an adult 25 or older with a Class M license if riding at right.

Only after you receive your learners permit, pass your motorcycle road skills test and prove you have taken the proper motorcycle rider course will you be given a Class M endorsement to ride a motorcycle in Wisconsin.

Motorcycle License Skills Test

Once you have held your motorcycle permit for six months, you will be ready to take your Class M motorcycle license skills test at the Wisconsin DMV customer service center. In order to take your motorcycle drivers license test, you must:

  • Provide a motorcycle in good condition.
  • Wear protection eye gear.
  • Wear a helmet.

Note: Your motorcycle driving license test must be scheduled by appointment ahead of time. If you would like to waive your motorcycle drivers license skills test in Wisconsin, and are 18 or older, you can do so only after completing a Basic Motorcycle Rider Crouse. Your riding instructor will present you with a waiver – Form MV3575, which you can use only one time. This Class M endorsement education form is only valid for one year from the issuance date. When all of your other motorcycle licensing requirements have been met, you will then receive a Class M motorcycle license endorsement on your WI drivers license.