DMV: Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycles

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycles

Am I required to take a motorcycle safety course to obtain a motorcycle endorsement?
Yes.  Please see requirements to obtain a motorcycle endorsement

Where can I go for the required course to learn how to drive a motorcycle?
Please see information on the Connecticut Motorcycle Rider Education Program.

Does a minor (under 18) need a parent or Certificate of Parental Consent (Form 2-D) when applying for a motorcycle permit?
Yes, a parent or a Certificate of Parental Consent (Form 2-D) is required even if the minor has a regular driver's license.

Is a Connecticut Driver's License required to obtain a motorcycle permit?
Yes. Please see requirements for obtaining a motorcycle learner's permit.

Are there any passenger restrictions for motorcycle permit holders?
Yes. No passengers are allowed while operating with a motorcycle permit. Also, motorcycle operators 16 and 17 years old may not transport passengers for the first six months that they hold a motorcycle endorsement.  Motorcycle operators 18 years old or older may not transport passengers the first three months of having a motorcycle endorsement.

Where can I apply for a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle endorsement?
Only DMV Hub Offices process endorsements and administer the knowledge test.   

What is the cost of a motorcycle learner's permit?
The permit fee is $16. The fee for the test is $40.

Do I need a valid motorcycle learner's permit to practice riding on public roads?

How can I renew my motorcycle permit?
You can renew your motorcycle permit once within a calendar year. Proceed to the office that issued your permit. Bring your driver's license and your motorcycle permit. The fee is $16.

Do I need to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle?
If your are sixteen or seventeen years of age, you must wear a helmet at all times. If you are eighteen years of age or older, you must wear a helmet when driving on a permit; otherwise, you need not, but are advised to do so.

Do I need to wear a vision protection device when operating a motorcycle?
Yes.  Eyewear is required at all times for all ages while operating a motorcycle unless the motorcycle contains a windshield which conforms with the nationally accepted standards.

How do I know if I need a motorcycle endorsement for my motorbike/moped?
A motorcycle endorsement is required to operate any bike with a motor over 50 cubic centimeters (cc).

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