Missouri requires all residents to obtain a Class M license, Class M instruction permit or a Class M endorsement in order to legally operate their motorcycles on Missouri public roads and streets. If you are a minor in Missouri, you will need to comply with the requirements of Missouri Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL).

New to Missouri

If you have obtained Missouri residency, you will need to transfer your out-of-state license with the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOV). To do so, you must take the following steps:

  • Present appropriate identification to proof your identity, Social security number and residency.
  • Pass a road sign test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Surrender your out-of-state license.
  • Pay the applicable fees: $10 for a 3-Year Class M license. $20 for a 6-year Class M license.

If your out-of-state license has expired for more than 184 days, you will need to take both the written and on-cycle tests to obtain a Missouri license.

Drivers under 18 years old

Licensing for minors must be done in accordance with the requirements and restrictions of the Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law. If you are under 18 years old with a valid out-of-state license, you will get an intermediate Missouri license with full privileges.

Missouri Motorcycle Instruction Permit

If you are a minor or you don’t have a Missouri driver’s license, you need to apply for a Class M permit first in order to legally ride a motorcycle on public roads and streets. You must be 15 ½ years old or older, to apply for an instruction permit. An instruction permit comes with some restrictions which vary depending on the age.

Age 15 ½

You can apply for a Missouri instruction permit if you are at least 15 ½ years old. However, you must show proof of completing a Motorcycle Rider Training Course, when applying for a Missouri Class M permit or an endorsement. All you need to do is:

  • Obtain a consent from your parent or legal guardian.
  • Present appropriate identification to prove your name, date of birth, place of residency and SSN.
  • Pass the Class M written and Class F written exams.
  • Pass a road sign test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pay the $6.25 fee.

Motorcycle Instruction Permit Restrictions

A Missouri instruction permit is valid for 6 months. You must hold a permit for 6 months before applying for an intermediate Class M license. If you are under 16 years old and you need to renew your permit, you must pay $6.25 fee. If you are over 16 years old, you will pay $3.50 fee. A Missouri instruction permit comes with the following restrictions:

  • No driving at night.
  • No riding for more than 50 miles from your area of residence.
  • No riding of a motorcycle larger than 250 cc.
  • No carrying of passengers.
  • You must be accompanied and supervised by a licensed rider, legal guardian or parent.
  • You must carry your instruction permit with you while riding.

Age 16 and Older

If you are at least 16 years old and younger than 18 years old and you plan to apply for a motorcycle instruction permit in Missouri, you will not be required to present proof of completing the motorcycle rider training course. However, the licensing requirements of Missouri Graduated Driver License program will take effect. To obtain a Missouri Class M permit, you will need to:

  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pass a road sign test.
  • Present appropriate identification to proof your name, date of birth, place of residency and SSN.
  • Pass the Class M written exam.
  • Pay the $3.50 fee.

Motorcycle Permit Driving Restrictions

When driving with this kind of instruction permit, you will be required to carry the permit while riding your motorcycle.

Motorcycle License or Endorsement (Class M)

You must be at least 18 years old, to apply for a full Missouri Class M license or endorsement. To do so, you will need to:

  • Pass the Class M and Class F on-cycle skills and written tests.
  • Show certificate of completing an approved motorcycle rider training course if you want your on-cycle skill test.
  • Pass the Class M and Class F road sign and vision tests.
  • Present appropriate identification to proof your name, date of birth, place of residency and SSN.
  • Pay the applicable fee: $10 for a 3-Year Class M license. $20 for a 6-year Class M license.

Requirements for Drivers Ages 16-18

First time applicants aged 15 to 18 years old must meet the requirements of the Graduated Driver License (GDL) law when applying for a Missouri motorcycle license. They must complete a number of supervised driving hours to get a Missouri intermediate driver’s license. If you are a minor and you plan to apply for a Missouri motorcycle license, you will need to meet the following conditions before you upgrade your Missouri instruction permit to a full Missouri license:

  • You must hold your Missouri instruction permit for at least 182 days.
  • You must not have violated alcohol related regulations for the last 1 year.
  • You must not have violated traffic regulations.
  • You must have received at least 40 hours of driving instructions while riding your motorcycle during the day.

Motorcycle Driving Restrictions

When you are using an intermediate license to ride your motorcycle, you face some restrictions such as driving your motorcycle during the day.

Requirements for Drivers Ages 18-21

Once you reach 18 years old but younger than 21 years old, you can upgrade to a full Class M motorcycle license. The Graduated Driver License requirements under this period include:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must meet the requirements for an intermediate license.
  • Your driving privilege must not have been suspended, revoked, or denied.
  • You must not have been convicted of any traffic or alcohol-related offenses in the past 1 year prior to your application.

Missouri Motorcycle Safety Courses

If you are 16 years old or younger, The Missouri DOR requires you to enroll in a Motorcycle Rider Training Course before you go for a Missouri Class M permit. If you have done this course, your Missouri on-cycle test may be waived when applying for a Class M license. You can choose any type of motorcycle safety course depending on your level of experience in riding motorcycles.

Introductory Motorcycle Experience for Beginners

This course can be learnt for 2 hours. It is a course offered to riders with no experience and who want to get some knowledge before taking the Missouri Basic Rider Course. The typical class for an Introductory Motorcycle Experience for Beginners course provides a free platform where students will questions and get real time answers from instructors.

Basic Rider Course (BRC)

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) for riders with some basic knowledge about motorcycles or those who haven’t operated a motorcycle for a while. This course includes around 4 hours of class work and 16 hours of practical training. Students are offered motorcycles and helmets while taking their training. The course curriculum uses 250 cc motorcycles or less.

Returning Rider Beginning Rider Course (RRBRC)

This course last for 9 hours and it is offered to:

  • Riders who are at least 18 years old with a permit.
  • Experienced riders who haven’t operated a motorcycle for long.

BRC-2

The BRC-2 is a motorcycle training course that you can complete within 12 hours. This course can train you some skills and strategies about motorcycle riding and handling.

Advanced Rider Course

This course is not available in Missouri. You can do it in St. Louis or Kansas City. The course is designed to equip experienced riders with some advanced motorcycle riding and handling skills.

Motorcycle License for Military Members

If you are a member of the military, you can present the Motorcycle Rider Training Course completion card when applying for a Class M license. If you do so, you will not be required to take the on-cycle skill test. However, this course must meet the following criteria:

  • The course must meet the criteria set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • Only approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation military motorcycle rider course completion card can be used.