The state requires you to obtain a Class M motorcycle license in order to legally drive your newly purchased motorcycle in Arizona public roads and streets. The Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT) is the state’s department responsible for licensing motorcycle riders.

Are you New to Arizona?

If you have a valid out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement, you will be required to transfer your out-of-state license to an Arizona one. You will not be required to take driver education practice and will also not need to follow instruction permit requirements. If your previous state requires riders to undertake similar skills tests of obtaining a license, you may be exempted from taking the Arizona skills tests.

Motorcycle Instruction Permit in Arizona

If you are younger than 18 years old, you must apply for an instruction permit before you go for a Class M license. To do so:

  • You must be at least 15 ½ years old.
  • You will need to visit the nearest MVD office.
  • Pass a written test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • If you do not have a current Arizona instruction permit or a regular driver’s license, you will need to pass the written driver licensing test.
  • Pay the $7 permit fee.

The Arizona motorcycle learner’s permit is valid for 7 months from the date of issuance. You can renew it only once within 2 years period. During this period, you will be required to take an approved motorcycle training course in order to get a full Class M motorcycle license.

Instruction Permit Restrictions

An Arizona instruction permit comes with the following restrictions:

  • No carrying of passengers while riding.
  • No driving on freeways or interstate highways.
  • You can only drive during the day.

Applying for a Motorcycle License

You must be 16 years old or older to obtain regular motorcycle license in Arizona. Otherwise if you are younger than 18 years old, you will need to:

  • Have a valid Arizona motorcycle permit for more than 6 months.
  • Complete any state approved motorcycle driver education program.

All applicants are required to:

  • Pass a knowledge test.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Successfully complete an on-cycle skills test.
  • Pay licensing.

Once you pass the required exams, you will be issued with a Class M license. This license will expire after you reach 65. You will need to retake your vision test after 12 years.

Arizona Motorcycle Endorsement

If there is any type of driver license added on your Arizona class M license, the license is considered as an “endorsement.”

Under Age 18

If you’re under 18 years old, to get a motorcycle endorsement you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 16 years old or older.
  • Hold a valid instruction permit or Class G license for the last 6 months.
  • Complete any state approved motorcycle driver education program or obtain a consent from your parent or legal guardian.
  • Successfully complete an on-cycle skills test.
  • Pass a written motorcycle knowledge test.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay the $7 endorsement fee.
  • Pay the licensing fee.

Over Age 18

If you’re 18 years old or older, to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your Class D license, you will need to:

  • Pass a knowledge test.
  • Successfully complete an on-cycle skills test.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay the $7 endorsement fee.

Arizona CDL Endorsements

If you are 21 years old or older, you qualify for applying for a Class A, B, or C commercial driver license with a motorcycle endorsement. You will need to meet the requirements for CDL licensing. If you are at least 18 years old, you can apply for an intrastate commercial driver license. This license comes with some restrictions, i.e., valid only within Arizona.

Class J Motorcycle License

If you have a restricted J license (for motorcycles less than 100 cc), you will not be allowed to ride on Arizona interstate highways.

Arizona Motorcycle License Fees

Licensing fees vary depending on licensing type and age:

  • $25 if you are aged between 16 to 39 years old.
  • $20 if you are aged between 40 to 44 years old.
  • $15 if you are aged between 45 to 49 years old.
  • $10 if you are aged 50 years old or older.
  • $7 for a Motorcycle Endorsement.
  • $47 for Instruction Permit.

The Arizona On-Cycle Skills Exam

To obtain your motorcycle license or endorsement, you must pass your Arizona on-cycle skills exam. You can prepare for this exam by studying the Arizona Motorcycle Operator Manual. This exam is designed to assess the rider’s motorcycle safety measures, basic control skills, and a thorough understanding of motorcycle riding and handling skills. Make sure to also bring the following:

  • Gloves.
  • State approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Proper clothing (protective jacket).
  • Protective footwear.
  • Proper eye protection.