To legally ride a motorcycle in Indiana, you must obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle endorsement on your regular Indiana driver’s license. For you to add an endorsement on your regular driver’s license, you will be required to pass either a Motorcycle Operator Safety Education course or present a motorcycle learner’s permit. Previously, there were two types of a permit in Indiana: a temporary permit and a learner’s permit. Currently, the state only issues learner’s permit. The state also used to issue a “Motorcycle Only” license. Currently, they are no longer issued.
Are you New to Indiana?
If you have just established residency in Indiana, you must transfer your out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement to an Indiana one. If you don’t have a valid out-of-state license, then to obtain a driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement, you will need to complete and pass both the knowledge and skill test.
Motorcycle Learner’s Permit
If you plan to take an Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education course, you will be required to apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit prior to applying for a motorcycle endorsement. If you are under 18 years old, your parent or legal guardian must sign your application. You will need to visit your local Indiana DMV office to apply for your permit. At DMV, you will be required to:
- Provide your valid operator’s license.
- Present documents to prove your identity, age and Social Security number.
- Proof of lawful status in the U.S.
- Have your application signed by a parent or legal guardian if you are a minor.
- Pass both a vision test and a written knowledge test.
- Pay the $9.50 fee.
Learner’s Permit Restrictions
- You may not ride a motorcycle without a helmet.
- You may not ride at night.
- You are not allowed to carry passengers.
In order to apply for a motorcycle endorsement on your current Indiana driver’s license, you must present a valid learner’s permit. You must also pass the skill test or present the certificate of completion from a state approved motorcycle safety course. If you are a minor, your application must be signed by your parent. You will need to visit your local BMV office to apply for a learner’s permit. Be sure to:
- Take your motorcycle learner’s permit.
- Bring a registered and insured motorcycle that you will be testing on.
- Bring payment for the testing fee.
Once you pass your skill test, or you successfully complete your motorcycle safety course, visit the nearest BMV location. Be sure to:
- Present proof of identity.
- Provide your Social Security number.
- Present two documents to proof your residency.
- Provide your learner’s permit.
- Proof of passing your on-cycle skills exam or a motorcycle safety course certificate of completion.
- Pass a vision test.
- Pay the motorcycle endorsement fee.
Indiana Motorcycle Endorsement Fees
Riders under 75 years old:
- $12 for a 6-year endorsement.
Riders between 75 to 84 years old:
- $10.5 for a 3-year endorsement.
You will need to pay $10.5 fee if you need to renew or replace your missing motorcycle endorsement.
Indiana Motorcycle Safety Courses
The Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program in Indiana offer courses that help equip riders with on-cycle skills and knowledge. If you successfully complete any of these courses, your motorcycle on-cycle skill test will be waived. You will need to present the certificate of completion when you apply for your motorcycle endorsement.
Basic Riders Course
The Basic Riders course is designed to equip riders with essential motorcycle skills and knowledge through on-cycle practical instructions and classroom instructions. Once you enroll, you are provided with a motorcycle and a helmet. You will take both written knowledge and on-cycle skill road tests as part of the curriculum of this course.
Experienced Riders Course
The Experienced Riders Course is designed to help riders learn both the mental and on-cycle skills. To take this course, you must have ridden a motorcycle for at least 500 miles or for 6 months.
Advanced Riders Course
The Advanced Riders Course can be taken within a day. This course is designed to equip riders with tips on how to assess their motorcycle skills and manage them. It teaches riders some advanced riding skills and strategies. To enroll for this course, you will need to pay the required fee.
Out-of-State Safety Courses
Out-of-state safety courses must meet the same criteria as those of Indiana. Any certificate of completion you present to the DMV must have not been completed more than 1 year before the date you are submitting your application. If your certificate of competition is accepted, your skill test will be waived. You can send your completion card of a motorcycle safety course through mail. MSP Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles 100 N. Senate Avenue, Rm 481 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Phone: (800) 497-9979 You may also fax the information on your certificate of completion to (317) 233-0189.
Required Safety Course Equipment
The following are protective gears and equipments required when taking any motorcycle safety course
- Helmet and eye protection.
- Over-the-ankle boots.
- Full-fingered gloves.
- A long-sleeved jacket.
- Long pants.