Once you purchase a motorcycle in Connecticut, you must license it in order to legally ride it on public roads and streets. You may start with a learner’s permit, which is not mandatory. A permit is valid for 60 days and will allow you to practice riding a motorcycle before you apply for a motorcycle endorsement. If you opt to apply for a Connecticut learner’s permit, you must visit the nearest DMV office to do so. Be sure to take with you the following:

  • A valid Connecticut driver's license.
  • A notarized Form 2D (Certificate of Parental Consent), if under 18 years old.
  • A completed Form R-229 (Non-Commercial Driver’s License application).
  • Pay $40 testing fee motorcycle knowledge and vision tests. The Connecticut Driver's Manual and Connecticut Motorcycle Manual contains useful information that may help you pass the required tests.
  • Pay $16 permit fee.

Motorcycle Learner’s Permit

To apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit, you will need to visit the nearest DMV office. The learner’s permit is valid for 60 days and comes with the following restrictions:

  • Valid only in Connecticut.
  • Allows driving only during daylight.
  • No carrying of passengers.
  • No riding of motorcycle on multiple-lane highways.
  • Must wear vision protection.
  • Must wear protective gear.

If you have not gained enough skills, you will be allowed to renew your motorcycle only once for another 6 months. To do so, you must go to the nearest DMV office with your current learner’s permit, Connecticut driver’s license, proof of identity and a $16 fee. NOTE: Once you are issued with a motorcycle permit, you must enroll a DMV-approved motorcycle safety course. This course is mandatory, and it is needed before applying for a motorcycle endorsement.

Applying for a Motorcycle License

You will need to visit your nearest full-service Connecticut DMV office to apply for a motorcycle license. Remember to take with you:

  • A valid Connecticut motorcycle permit.
  • A valid Connecticut driver's license.
  • Proof of completing a Connecticut DMV approved a motorcycle safety training course.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicle will then add a motorcycle endorsement to your Connecticut driver’s license. You will not be required to pay any fee. NOTE: No driving test is required. The motorcycle safety training course handles the skills test.

Applying Without a Motorcycle Permit

To apply for a motorcycle license without a permit, you must:

  • Show proof of holding a valid driver’s license.
  • Have a notarized Form 2D (Certificate of Parental Consent) if you are under 18 years old.
  • Complete Form R-229 (Non-Commercial Driver’s License application).
  • Pay $40 testing fee for motorcycle knowledge and vision test. The Connecticut Driver's Manual and Connecticut Motorcycle Manual contain useful information that can help you pass these tests.
  • Pay $16 permit fee. You will only pay this fee if you pass both exams.

After passing the above tests, you must enroll in a Connecticut DMV-approved motorcycle safety training course. If you successfully complete the course, you will need to visit the nearest DMV office to get a motorcycle endorsement on your Connecticut driver’s license. There, you will be required to pay for $30.

Restrictions

If you are at least 18 years old and you have received a motorcycle license, you will not be required to carry any passenger for the first 90 days of riding. If you are between 16 years old and 17 years old, you will not be allowed to carry any passenger for the first 6 months of riding.

Renewals

Your regular Connecticut driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement are renewed together if they expire. In fact they fall under standard Connecticut driver’s license renewal procedure.

Replacements

Once you obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your Connecticut driver’s license, the two are considered the same. If your Connecticut motorcycle endorsement is lost or damaged, you will need to follow the procedure of applying for a new one.