How To Get an Oklahoma Motorcycle License

The steps for getting an Oklahoma motorcycle license depend on your age and driver’s license status.
Written by Sarah Williams
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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The steps for getting an
Oklahoma
motorcycle license vary depending on your age and driver’s license status. Applicants must be over the age of 14 and carry a permit for 30 days. 

Do you need a license to operate a motorcycle in Oklahoma?

Yes—before you can legally drive a motorcycle in Oklahoma, you must have either:  
You must be at least 14 years old to get a motorcycle license in Oklahoma. Once you’ve carried your permit for 30 days, you can apply for a motorcycle-only license.
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How to add a motorcycle endorsement to your Oklahoma driver’s license

Before you’re allowed to drive a motorcycle in Oklahoma, you need to add an “M” endorsement to your driver’s license. How exactly do you add this “M” endorsement? 
It’s simple! You’ll need to appear before a Driver License examiner and present the following documentation: 
  • A piece of
    primary ID 
  • Your social security number
  • If you changed your name, any documents showing the change (i.e., marriage certificate)
If you have finished the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
course, you can have the skills and written tests waived, but you’ll need to bring the completion card to be eligible. For drivers taking the test, don’t forget to bring valid proof of your
motorcycle insurance
And finally, if you are driving a motorcycle without an adequate windshield, bring a pair of goggles with a face shield or one that meets
ANSI Z87.1 standards
.
Drivers who pass the written exam (or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course) can request a Motorcycle Learner Permit. You’ll have to hold your learner permit for at least 30 days, during which you can only drive your motorcycle while accompanied by someone over the age of 21 with a motorcycle license. This person will instruct you and, therefore, must always have visual contact with you. 

How to get a motorcycle license in Oklahoma at age 14 to 16

The rules for getting a motorcycle license in Oklahoma if you are between the ages of 14 and 16 are slightly different. You’ll need to follow all the steps above, but you’ll also need to provide evidence that you’ve completed a basic rider’s course. This course must be from one of the
Approved Motorcycle Schools
from the Department of Health and Safety. 
Drivers between the ages of 14 and 16 are also required to follow these additional restrictions during their 30-day learners period: 
  • The piston displacements on your motorcycle must not go above 300 cubic centimeters
  • You can only drive between 4:30 am and 9 pm
  • You must wear protective headgear at all times
  • You must be accompanied by a licensed motorcyclist who is at least 21 years old. They will instruct you and must be able to see you at all times
  • You cannot drive on highways with speed limits
  • You must not drive faster than 35 mph

How to get a motorcycle-only license in Oklahoma

If you’re over the age of 16 and you don’t have a driver’s license, you’ll need to get a motorcycle-only license. 
For applicants who are between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, you’ll need to follow all the regular steps for acquiring a motorcycle license, but you’ll also need to: 
  • Provide documentation proving your enrollment in a secondary or vocational-technical school
  • Bring your parent or legal guardian when you apply for your license
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FAQs

No—in Oklahoma, you need to add an “M” endorsement to your regular driver’s license or apply for a motorcycle-only license. If caught driving a motorcycle without the proper licensing, you could face penalties between $50 and $300.
Yes—but you’ll have to drive with additional restrictions for your 30-day permit.
It depends on whether you take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course or jump straight to the written and driven test at the DPS. Once you pass the tests, you only have to go 30 days with a restricted permit before you have your full motorcycle license.
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