If you are a new resident in Alabama, you must present your out-of-state motorcycle license to obtain an Alabama motorcycle license. To start this process, you must visit the nearest Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) office. You will be required to take with you: Your out-of-state driver’s license. Your Social Security card. One document showing proof of identification. You will be required to pay $36.25 license fee and $5 transfer fee. Checks will not be allowed.

Motorcycle Age Requirements

  • You must be at least 14 years old to be eligible for a motor-driven cycle license.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to be eligible for a Class M motorcycle license.

Motor-Driven Cycle versus Motorcycle

In Alabama, the Department of Public Safety recognizes two classes of engine-equipped cycles: motorcycles and motor-driven cycles. You must understand the difference between the two as a requirement for licensing and registration. A motor-driven cycle is defined as any motor scooter or motorcycle that has:

  • A motor that produces no more than 5 hp.
  • An engine size of 150 cc or less.
  • A weight of less than 200 lbs.

A motorcycle is defined as:

  • A motor vehicle designed with a saddle.
  • A motor vehicle with 2 or 3 wheels that get in contact with the ground (tractors are excluded).

Obtaining Your Alabama Motor-Driven Cycle or Motorcycle License

You must be at least 14 years old to be eligible for an Alabama motor-driven license. For a motorcycle license, you only need to be at least 16 years old. To obtain either type of license:

  • You must study the Alabama Motorcycle Operator Manual. You can download a copy of this manual or pick one from your local DPS office.
  • Take at least one practice test to assess if you can pass the motorcycle knowledge test.
  • Schedule a test appointment with your local Alabama DPS office.
  • Though not required, you will need to take a Rider Safety Course. This course is offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

For more information about this course, call (800) 446-9227. If you are ready to take your tests (knowledge and on-cycle), take the following documents with you to the testing center:

  • Birth certificate.
  • Social Security card.
  • A third form of acceptable secondary identification.

If you are 15 years old, you must provide documents to verify proof of school enrollment. These documents include:

  • A certified letter from your current school stating that you are enrolled.
  • A GED or diploma.
  • Form DL1/93 (Enrollment/Exclusion).

At the Department of Public Safety office, be prepared to:

  • Take and pass the written knowledge exam.
  • Take and pass the on-cycle skills test.
  • Pay the $36.25 licensing fee and $5 testing fee.

Alabama Motorcycle License Riding Restrictions

If you are aged between 14 years and 15 years old, you will receive a Class M license with a “B” restriction. With this kind of license, you will be restricted to only riding a motor-driven cycle. When you turn 16 years old, you will be eligible to take exams that will lift the restriction. This license is valid for four years. If you are aged at least 16 years old, you will be issued with an unrestricted Class M driver’s license. This license allows you to legally drive a motor-driven cycle or a motorcycle. For more information about motorcycle license, contact your local Department of Public Safety though mail or phone. Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver License Division P.O. Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102 Phone (334) 242-4400

Alabama On-Cycle Skills Exam

To obtain your motor-driven cycle or motorcycle license, you must take and pass the Alabama on-cycle skills exam. You will need to show your motorcycle riding abilities, including your traffic awareness, road safety awareness and skills of handling a motorcycle during critical situations.

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