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Motorcycle Learner's Permit

A motorcycle learner's permit allows you to learn to operate a motorcycle.

  • If you are under age 18, you must obtain and hold a Virginia motorcycle learner's permit for at least nine months.
  • If you are age 18 or older, you must obtain and hold a motorcycle learner’s permit for at least 30 days.
  • You must pass the motorcycle knowledge exam.
  • If you do not currently hold a valid learner's permit or driver's license, you must also pass the two-part driver's license knowledge exam.
  • You must wear an approved safety helmet.
  • You must wear eye and face protection.
  • You must be supervised by a person at least 21 years of age who is licensed to operate a motorcycle, who is alert and able to assist you and is supervising from a separate accompanying motor vehicle.
  • You cannot carry passengers with a motorcycle learner's permit.

Virginia Rider Training Program

If you are age 19 or older, hold a valid Virginia driver's license and have successfully completed a Virginia Rider Training Program, you may operate a motorcycle for 30 days from the date of the course completion without having to obtain a learner's permit.

In order to remain eligible to operate a motorcycle, you must apply at DMV within the 30-day period to add a motorcycle classification to your license.