How to Get Your Motorcycle License in North Carolina

How to Get Your Motorcycle License in North Carolina
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you’ll need to get your motorcycle license in North Carolina. Here’s how.

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In order to operate a motorcycle in North Carolina, you must have a motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. To get your motorcycle license, you must first pass a knowledge test and then a skills test. You must be at least 18 years old to get a motorcycle license, and you must have a valid driver’s license.

The knowledge test consists of 25 questions about traffic laws and safe riding practices. You must answer 20 questions correctly to pass the test. The skills test is an on-cycle skills test that is administered by a certified instructor. You must demonstrate your ability to safely operate a motorcycle before you will be licensed.

Applying for a License

If you’re a new rider over 18, you’ll need to:

1. Get a learner permit by passing the written and vision exams
2. Take a motorcycle safety course OR pass a skills test
3. Pass a road test
4. Get your motorcycle license

The Written Test

To get your motorcycle license in North Carolina, you must first pass a written test. The written test covers the following topics:
-Basic traffic laws
-Signs, signals and pavement markings
-Safe riding techniques
-Sharing the road with other vehicles

To prepare for the written test, you can study the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook or take an approved motorcycle safety course. Once you’ve passed the written test, you’ll be issued a learner’s permit which allows you to ride a motorcycle under certain conditions.

The Skills Test

In order to get your motorcycle license in North Carolina, you must pass a skills test administered by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV). The skills test consists of two parts:

The first part is a written exam that covers the following topics:
– NC traffic laws
– motorcycle regulations
– road signs
– safe riding techniques.

You must score 80% or higher on the written exam in order to pass.

The second part of the skills test is a road test conducted by a trained examiner. During the road test, you will be asked to perform various maneuvers such as:
– starting and stopping
– shifts
– turns

You must demonstrate proper control of your motorcycle at all times and perform all tasks to the satisfaction of the examiner in order to pass.

Taking the Road Test

After you have completed the written and skills tests, you will be issued a probationary license. This will allow you to operate a motorcycle unsupervised, but there are still some restrictions. For example, you must not ride between sunset and sunrise, and you must wear a DOT-compliant helmet at all times. You will also be subject to all of the regular traffic laws that apply to automobile drivers.

After one year of riding with a probationary license, you will be eligible to take the road test to earn your full motorcycle license. The road test will assess your ability to safely operate your motorcycle in traffic and under different conditions. You can either take the road test at a DMV office or at an approved motorcycle training course.

Renewing Your License

To renew your motorcycle license in North Carolina, you must visit a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in person and:

-Submit a completed Application for renewal/duplicate/reinstatement (Form MVR-33A).
-Present your current license.
-Pay the required renewal fee.
-Pass a vision test, if needed.

You will need to renew your motorcycle license every 5 years. You will be sent a renewal notice approximately 2 months before your license expires.

Tips for Getting Your Motorcycle License

The process for getting a motorcycle license in North Carolina is similar to the process for getting a license to drive a car. You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid North Carolina driver’s license. You must also pass a vision test and a written test on traffic laws specific to motorcycles.

If you have never been licensed to drive a motorcycle, you will need to complete an approved motorcycle safety course before you can take the road test. The course provides both classroom instruction and on-bike training. It is offered by the NC Motorcycle Safety Education Program and is required for anyone who wants to get a motorcycle license but does not have previous experience operating a motorcycle.

Once you have completed the safety course or if you have previous experience riding a motorcycle, you can take the road test. You will need to provide your own motorcycle for the road test, and it must be insured and have a current registration sticker. The road test consists of several basic skill maneuvers, including starting and stopping, turning, shifting gears, and passing other vehicles.

If you pass the road test, you will be issued a temporary paper license that is valid for 60 days. Your permanent license will arrive in the mail within 30 days.


Now that you know what it takes to get your motorcycle license in North Carolina, it’s time to get out there and ride!

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