- Applying for an Illinois motorcycle permit
- Taking the written motorcycle permit test
- Taking the motorcycle skills test
- Renewing your motorcycle permit
- Riding with a motorcycle permit in Illinois
- Upgrading to a motorcycle license in Illinois
- Applying for an out-of-state motorcycle permit
- Getting a motorcycle permit if you’re under 18
- Getting a motorcycle permit if you’re over 18
- Frequently asked questions about Illinois motorcycle permits
You can get an Illinois motorcycle permit online by taking an approved motorcycle safety course.
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Applying for an Illinois motorcycle permit
To receive an Illinois motorcycle permit, you must submit a completed application, which includes a permit fee, to the Secretary of State’s office. You may apply for an Illinois motorcycle permit if you are at least 15 years old. If you are under 18 years old, you will need to have a parent or guardian sign your application.
In addition to submitting a completed application and paying the permit fee, you will also need to present proof of identification and residency, as well as a completed certificate of completion for an approved motorcycle rider education course. Once you have submitted all of the required materials and fee, the Secretary of State’s office will issue you an Illinois motorcycle permit.
Taking the written motorcycle permit test
You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old to take the written motorcycle permit test in Illinois. You will need to show proof of completion of an approved motorcycle training course, or have held a level 2 limited learner’s permit for at least 90 days, in order to take the road test.
Taking the motorcycle skills test
To get your motorcycle license in Illinois, you must first pass a motorcycle skills test. You have the option of taking this test at a local DMV office or authorized third-party tester. However, taking the test online is not an option.
The skills test consists of two parts: a knowledge test and a road test. The knowledge test covers traffic laws and safe riding practices. It is offered in both English and Spanish, and you must answer at least 16 out of 20 questions correctly to pass.
The road test measures your ability to safely operate a motorcycle in real-world conditions. You will be judged on factors such asyour ability to start, stop and turn smoothly; use proper signals; change lanes; and avoid obstacles. You must complete the road test within 15 minutes to pass.
If you fail either part of the skills test, you must wait at least one day before retesting. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but you may be required to pay a fee each time you take it.
Renewing your motorcycle permit
If you have a valid Illinois motorcycle permit, you can renew it online. To do so, log in to your account on the Illinois Secretary of State website. Once you are logged in, click on the “Renew” tab and follow the instructions. You will need to provide your credit card information to pay the renewal fee.
Riding with a motorcycle permit in Illinois
In order to ride a motorcycle in Illinois, you must have a motorcycle license or permit. You cannot get a motorcycle license online, but you can get a motorcycle permit. With a motorcycle permit, you are allowed to ride during daylight hours only and must be accompanied by another licensed rider who is 21 years of age or older. You must also wear a DOT-approved helmet.
Upgrading to a motorcycle license in Illinois
To operate a motorcycle in Illinois, you must have a valid motorcycle license or permit. You can upgrade to a motorcycle license by passing a written exam and on-cycle skills test, or by completing an approved motorcycle rider training course. If you have a valid Illinois driver’s license, you may be able to take the written exam and on-cycle skills test online.
Applying for an out-of-state motorcycle permit
Illinois does not offer an online application for a motorcycle permit. You must visit a local Secretary of State office to apply. You will need to provide proof of residency, identity, and parental consent if you are under 18 years old. You will also need to take a vision test and a 25-question written exam.
Getting a motorcycle permit if you’re under 18
In Illinois, getting a motorcycle permit if you’re under 18 is a three-step process. First, you must complete an approved motorcycle rider education course. Next, you must pass a written exam and a road skills test. Finally, you must get a permit from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.
Getting a motorcycle permit if you’re over 18
In Illinois, if you’re 18 years old or older, you can get a motorcycle permit without taking a rider training course by passing a written exam at your local Secretary of State office.
Frequently asked questions about Illinois motorcycle permits
Q: Can You Get an Illinois Motorcycle Permit Online?
A: No, as of right now the state of Illinois does not offer the ability to get a motorcycle permit online. You will need to go to a local DMV office and take the written permit test in person.