Before you get on the bike and drive around town, you must obtain a motorcycle license. Fortunately, getting one is relatively simple. If you already have some experience with motorbikes and do well on the tests, you will get a motorcycle license much faster than you expect. Of course, this doesn’t mean there won’t be any bumps along the way, which will happen if you do not adequately plan for and prepare yourself to get a motorcycle license.
That being said, if you are looking to obtain a motorcycle license in Massachusetts, here are the things you need to know:
1. The Learner’s Permit Requirements
To start, you will need to get your learner’s permit. There are requirements you will need to meet to be eligible for the permit. They include being a resident of Massachusetts, being a US citizen or having legal residences in the US, not having a driver’s license or learner’s permit in other states, not having any financial obligations, and having parental consent if under 18.
2. The Important Documents
If you meet all of the above requirements, you will need first to complete the learner’s permit, driver’s license, or ID card application, also called Form LIC100. If you are under 18, the application needs to be cosigned with your parent or guardian. Also, you will need to visit the RMV service center to hand in the applications. During this time, you need to hand over your proof of US citizenship or lawful presence in the US, proof of residence in Massachusetts, and proof of your Social Security Number.
3. The Mandatory Tests
Once you have received the permit, you will need to pass a few tests. If you have a valid Class D license, you will have to set for only the Class M knowledge test. Otherwise, you will need to sit for both Class D and Class M written knowledge tests.
Once you pass the test, you will be given the permit with a fee of $30. It lasts for two years, and during this time, you need to apply for the license. If you don’t and the two years are up, you will need to repeat the knowledge test and pay the fee again.
4. The Permit Restrictions
Keep in mind that with a permit, you can start practicing on the bike. However, there are some restrictions. You cannot drive between sunset and sunrise, you cannot have passengers, and you cannot drive without a helmet and eye protection.
5. The Full License
With the learner’s permit in hand, you will need to wait around six months before obtaining a full license. Keep in mind that how you go about it will depend on your age.
If you are over 18, you will need to visit the RMV service center for a road test. Bring along proof of US citizenship or lawful presence, social security number, and residency in Massachusetts. Also, you will need to bring your bike with a DOT-approved helmet and eye protection. If you do not want to do this, you have access to MREP (motorcycle rider education program).
If you are under 18, you will need to undergo an MREP course before applying for a full license unless you have completed another approved motorcycle safety cost.
While all of the above steps may seem complicated, they’re pretty straightforward. Simply follow them carefully, and you will get your motorcycle license in no time at all! That said, if you are having any trouble along the way, feel free to reach out to others to help you out. Others that have already obtained their motorcycle license can easily help you understand what you need to do, ensuring that you receive your motorbike license quickly and soon hit the road for some biking fun!
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