Once you purchase a motorcycle in Massachusetts, you need a license in order to legally ride it on Massachusetts public roads and streets. You will need either a Class M License, Class M permit or a Class M endorsement license. In Massachusetts, you must have a valid Class M permit and be 18 years old or older to obtain a Class M motorcycle license. If you are under 18 years old and you have completed a Rider Education Basic Rider Course, you may be allowed to apply for a Class M License. You will also need to meet all Junior Operator Licensing requirements. However, the DMV puts 16 .5 years as the minimum age of applying for a Class M license. You must also get authorization from your parent or legal guardian when you are under 18 years old.

Are You New in Massachusetts?

If you have recently obtained Massachusetts residency, you must first apply for a regular Massachusetts driver’s license before applying a motorcycle license. First you need to submit an application to convert your Class D, Class M, or Class D/M. This application can be sent online or through Form T21042, which you can download and fill. You will need to pay the following fees to your local Massachusetts RMV office.

  • $15 for Class M Endorsement.
  • $100 for Class M License.

Be sure to submit the following documentation when converting your out-of-state license for a Massachusetts one:

  • Original copy of your out-of-state license. If there is no photo in your license, be prepared to submit one (national or federal ID).
  • If you are older than 18 years and you don’t have an out-of-state license, to apply for a motorcycle license you will need to submit a certified driving record from your previous state. The records should not be more than 30 days old.
  • If you are more than 18 years old and you have a Canadian or Mexican license, you must also submit a certified driving record not older than 30 days.
  • You must submit documents proving your signature and date of birth.
  • Provide documents showing proof of residency.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.

Massachusetts Motorcycle Permit

Regardless of your age, in order to apply for a Massachusetts Class M license, you must first start with a Class M Permit. To apply for a permit, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Complete Form T21042 (permit application forms).
  • If you are younger than 18 years old, you must ask your parent or legal guardian to sign the application form.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Present documents showing proof of residency.
  • Present documents showing proof of signature and date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security number.
  • Pass a written knowledge test.
  • Pay the $30 fee.

The Driver Handbook contains useful information that can help you pass knowledge test. If you don’t have a valid Massachusetts Class D license, you must pass both Class M and Class D knowledge tests in order to get your permit.

Permit Conditions and Restrictions

A motorcycle permit comes with the following restrictions:

  • You mustn’t operate a motorcycle at night.
  • You mustn’t carry any passenger.
  • You must wear protective gears such as helmet and eye guards.
  • You must only operate a motorcycle in Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts motorcycle permit is valid for two years. You must pass a road driving test in order to obtain a Class M license, and this must be done within this period.

Renewing a Class M Permit

Your Massachusetts Class M permit can be renewed after expiry date. To renew your permit, you must:

  • Present the appropriate identification.
  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Pay the $30 fee for the test.

Class M Motorcycle License

You may apply for a Class M license or choose to have a motorcycle endorsement on your Massachusetts driver’s license.

Drivers Under 18 years old

If you are at least 16 ½ years old, you can apply for a Massachusetts Class M license. However, you must meet all the requirements of teenage application. As a minor, you must complete Rider Education Program Basic Rider Course and meet the following requirements:

  • Have held a permit for at least 6 months.
  • Maintained a clean driving record for at least 6 months.
  • Passed a driver education course which involve 12 hours of road training, 30 hours of classroom training, 2 hours of attendance by your parent or guardian.
  • Completed 40 hours driving supervised by another licensed rider.

Once you have successfully completed the above course and met all the above requirements, you can visit the DMV to apply for a Class M license. You will be required to:

  • Present valid identification documents.
  • Present documents showing proof of residency and Social Security number.
  • Have a parent’s signature on your application (Form T21042).
  • Pay the $50 application fee.
  • Pass a road test.

Junior Operator License Restrictions

As a minor operator, you will be restricted not to:

  • Ride your motorcycle at night.
  • Carry any passengers for the first 6 months of obtaining your license.
  • Use a mobile phone while driving.

Drivers over 18 years old

If you are 18 years old and you have a valid instruction permit, you may apply for a class M license. This comes with no restrictions. To apply for this license, you will need to visit your local Massachusetts RMV office. You will be required to:

  • Present valid identification documents.
  • Present documents showing proof of residency and Social Security number.
  • Have a parent’s signature on your application (Form T21042).
  • Pay the $50 application fee.
  • Pass a road test or Motorcycle Rider Education Program motorcycle safety course.

Taking a Road Test

You will need to call the RMT to schedule your road test. You can reach their Telephone Center through the following phone numbers:

  • 857-368-8000-If you live outside Massachusetts or in area codes 339/617/781/857.
  • 800-858-3926-If you live in Massachusetts but your area code is not listed above.
  • 877-768-8833-If your hearing is impaired.

You will be required to take with you:

  • An insured and registered motorcycle with a valid inspection sticker.
  • A helmet.
  • Eye protection gears.
  • Your valid Massachusetts Class M permit.

Adding a Class M Endorsement

You can add Class M endorsement to your current Massachusetts driver’s license. To do so, you must:

  • Hold a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.
  • Hold a valid learners permit.
  • Pass the road test or present a certificate of completion for a Motorcycle Rider Education Program.
  • Pay a $15 fee.

If you are applying for a motorcycle endorsement but you hold a Junior Operator’s License, the same restrictions for riding a motorcycle under a Junior Operator’s License apply.

Renewing a Class M License or Endorsement

To renew your Massachusetts Class license or endorsement, you will need to complete Form T21042.

Motorcycle Rider Education Program

The Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) offers motorcycle safety courses. These courses are approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and the state. The Massachusetts RMV has a list of schools that offer this course. Any driver who is under 18 years old is required to complete Rider Education Program motorcycle safety course to obtain a motorcycle license or endorsement. If you have a MREP certificate of completion, the road test will be waived. The certificate must not be older than 90 days. If you have successfully completed this course, your Site Coordinator will submit your application to the motorcycle licensing department. If you had paid all the required fees, your new motorcycle license will be mailed to you. You will need to give your Site Coordinator your mailing address.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Courses from out-of-state

If you have gained Massachusetts residency but you had completed Motorcycle Safety Foundation Courses from out-of-state, the RMV may waive the road test when applying for a Massachusetts motorcycle license or permit if:

  • The course used the MREP course curriculum.
  • If the certificate of completion is not 180 days old.
  • You presented a filled out Application to Accept an MREP certificate from out-of-state.
  • You present a copy of your Knowledge Test and rider course Skill Evaluation on letterhead from the center offering the course.
  • You pay the $15 endorsement fee.

You can pay the fee in cash, credit card or through mail. Use the mailing address below: Attention: Program Coordinator Registry of Motor Vehicles-MREP 165 Liberty St Springfield, Massachusetts 01103