The state of Louisiana requires you to add a motorcycle endorsement to your current Louisiana driver’s license in order to legally operate a motorcycle on public roads.

New to Louisiana

If you have just arrived in Louisiana, you must transfer your out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement to a Louisiana one. This must be done within 30 days of arriving in Louisiana. You will need to visit your local Louisiana OMV office to transfer your license. At OMV, you will be required to:

  • Present identification documents.
  • Surrender your out-of-state license.
  • Provide a Social Security card.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • If you are younger than 17 years old, be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.
  • If your hold a valid out-of-state license or endorsement, you will be exempted from taking any exams.

Military and Student Considerations

If you are a military member stationed in Louisiana, you will not be required to obtain a Louisiana motorcycle license in order to legally operate a motorcycle on public roads. If you are an out-of-state full-time student studying in Louisiana, you will also not be required to obtain a Louisiana motorcycle license in order to legally operate a motorcycle on Louisiana public roads.

Louisiana Motorcycle Endorsement

The DMV will add a motorcycle endorsement on your current Louisiana driver’s license. You will need to visit the nearest Louisiana OMV office to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. Be sure to:

  • Present a completed Application for License.
  • Provide proofs of identification.
  • If you are younger than 17 years old, be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.
  • Pay the $19 endorsement fee or $15 if your driver’s license is valid for less than four years.
  • Pass a motorcycle knowledge exam.
  • Pass an on-cycle skills test.

To take the on-cycle skill test, you will need to:

  • Bring your own motorcycle.
  • Go with a state-approved helmet.
  • Go with eye protection.

NOTE: If you successfully complete any Louisiana approved motorcycle safety course, the OMV will waive your on-cycle skill test.

Louisiana Motorcycle Safety Courses

The Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program in Louisiana 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 instruction and classroom instruction. 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.

Enrolling in a Course

If you are interested in enrolling in any of the above courses, you can check the program’s course schedule. For more information about the courses, you may call 225-925-6113.