If you live in Oregon and you now own a motorcycle, or you are planning to move there, then there are certain things you need to know about the state laws. Each state has its regulations, processes, and rules for you to acquire a motorcycle license.

So if you’re a minor or an adult, here are the things you need to know about getting your motorcycle license and legally driving on the streets of Oregon.

Types of Riding Privileges for Motorcycle Riders in Oregon

There are three types of riding privileges that the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles listed down for all motorcycle riders in the state:

  • Motorcycle Instruction Permit
  • Motorcycle Endorsement
  • Restricted (Three Wheel) Motorcycle Endorsement

These are the only ways for you to legally ride a motorcycle on the public roads of Oregon.

Requirements and Restrictions for Motorcycle Instructional Permit

A motorcycle instructional permit allows you to ride a motorcycle with certain restrictions at hand.

To get the permit, you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older;
  • Bring proof of your identity and residence address;
  • Have a valid Oregon Driver License;
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge test (fee $5);
  • Pay for the permit fee;
  • Visit DMV office or schedule for an appointment; and
  • Pass a vision test.

The restrictions with this permit include:

  • You must be under visual observation, supervision, and accompanied by another rider (on a separate motorcycle) who is at least 21 years of age and with a valid motorcycle endorsement;
  • You must have no passengers; and
  • You can only operate during daylight hours.

Requirements for Motorcycle Endorsement

In this endorsement, you are allowed to ride a 2-wheel motorcycle.

To get the endorsement, you must:

  • Pass the rider course from TEAM OREGON;
    • eRider training courses (eIRT or eBRT)
    • Basic Rider Training (BRT)
    • Intermediate Rider Training (IRT)
  • Visit DMV office or schedule an appointment;
  • Know if you need a Real ID;
  • Bring proof of your identity and residence address;
  • Pass the vision test;
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge test ($5);
  • Pay the necessary fees;
  • Bring your TEAM OREGON completion card, if necessary;
  • Get your photo taken.

Requirements for Restricted (Three Wheel) Motorcycle Endorsement

This restricted endorsement will allow you to operate a 3-wheel motorcycle.

To get the endorsement, you must:

  • Know if you need a Real ID
  • Bring proof of identity and residence address
  • Visit DMV office or schedule an appointment
  • Pass the vision test
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge test ($5)
  • Pay the necessary fees
  • Get your photo taken

How to Prepare for the Knowledge Test

For you to pass the motorcycle knowledge test, you need to get a free copy of the Motorcycle and Moped Manual. Through this manual, you will be able to get information about all you need to know to qualify for the test. Some of the information you’ll learn includes safety tips, street signs, rules of the road, and regulations in operating motorcycles on public roads.

Why Are Motorcycle Instructional Permit and Motorcycle Endorsement Important

It is illegal for you to operate a motorcycle if you don’t have a valid driver’s license and a motorcycle instructional permit or a motorcycle endorsement, according to TEAM OREGON. The penalty of not having a motorcycle endorsement is around and over $2,000, excluding the court costs.

Other Important Information You Need to Know

Under Oregon state law, if you are under 21 years of age, you need to successfully complete the approved TEAM OREGON basic motorcycle training. You either complete the eRider basic training course or the basic training course.

The basic training course includes a classroom and a riding component to make sure that you can apply for the motorcycle instructional permit.


For you to start to legally operate a motorcycle in Oregon, make sure that you have already secured your valid driver’s license and the necessary instructional permit or endorsement you need. You are also required to pass the training courses accepted by the TEAM OREGON and other training courses that meet the requirements of the riding privileges for motorcycle riders in the state of Oregon.

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