To get a Virginia motorcycle license, you need to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit and wait either 30 days or 9 months, depending on your age. Then, passing the motorcycle road skills test will grant you a motorcycle license, which will show as an “M,” “M2,” or “M3” under “Class” on your Virginia license.
Motorcycles are an economical method of travel—especially when the weather’s nice and the roads are nicer.
But in order to legally drive a motorcycle in Virginia, you need a motorcycle license. Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can help you do that—and we’ll walk you through all the steps to get there.
Do you need a license to operate a motorcycle in Virginia?
Yes — in order to legally operate a motorcycle in Virginia, you need either:
How to add a motorcycle endorsement to your Virginia driver’s license
There are a few simple steps for adding a motorcycle endorsement to your Virginia driver’s license, but they vary slightly depending on whether you are over or under 18 years of age.
Here’s what you need to do to add that “Class M” designation to your license in Virginia if you are 18 years or older:
If you are under 18, these steps are all the same except that you must hold your permit for at least 9 months rather than 30 days.
Luckily, the cost of getting a motorcycle license in Virginia is low. You’ll pay $3.00 to get a motorcycle learner’s permit and $2.00 per year to have a motorcycle class designation on your license.
How to get a motorcycle-only license in Virginia
If you only drive a motorcycle and have no intention of driving a car, you might want a motorcycle-only license. In Virginia, your license will indicate you are restricted to motorcycles only by designating a “6” under “Restriction” on your license.
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