If you have purchased a motorcycle and you want to apply for a Wisconsin motorcycle license, you have to master the Wisconsin Motorcyclists’ Handbook. This handbook contains useful information about motorcycle riding, safety precautions, motorcycle regulations and education courses.

Motorcycle Instruction Permit

The motorcycle instruction permit will help you practice riding a motorcycle before applying for a regular motorcycle license. To apply for a permit, you will need to visit the nearest Wisconsin DMV office. Be sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have a parent or guardian sponsor.
  • Show proof of completing driver education.
  • Show proof of enrolling in a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course.
  • Pay the fee of $32.

The Wisconsin motorcycle instruction permit is valid for 6 months from the date it is issued.

New Residents Under 18

You must be at least 16 years old in order to apply for Wisconsin motorcycle license. You will need to present the following documents to the DMV:

  • Proof of your driver education classes.
  • Must have not committed any traffic violations for at least 6 months of holding an instruction permit.
  • Show proof of Wisconsin residency.
  • Take a motorcycle skills test.
  • Provide proof of completion or enrollment in a Basic Motorcycle Training Course.
  • Pay the fee of $22 and $15 skills exam fee.

If a skill test is required, you must take a motorcycle with you and wear protective gears while you are tested. The test is designed to assess your motorcycle riding skills and maneuvers.

Applicants Over 18

If you are over 18 years old and you don’t have a Wisconsin driver’s license, you will need to first apply for one before you proceed to your motorcycle license application. At the DMV service center, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Complete a Driver License/State ID Application.
  • Provide your SSN.
  • Answer the medical questions on the application.
  • Take and pass a vision test.
  • Surrender your out-of-state driver license (for new residents only).
  • Pay $22 and $15 skills exam fee.
  • Provide proof of Wisconsin residency.
  • Have your photograph taken.
  • Show proof of completion of a Basic Motorcycle Training Course or successful complete the driving skills test.

Medical Questions

In Wisconsin, the Department of Motor Vehicle is authorized to ask any medical related question before issuing you with a license. You must answer these questions, and remember they are not optional. Depending on how you respond to these questions, the DMV may ask you other additional questions.

Advanced Motorcycle Training

You may decide to take advanced motorcycle training courses. These courses are open to motorcycle riders holding motorcycle licenses. These courses can help you master certain complex skills needed to make your riding safe and enjoyable. In some instances, these courses may help you get lower motorcycle insurance rates. Some companies also offer discounts to riders with extra training.