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Arizona Motorcycle License Information
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Arizona Department Of Motor Vehicle Division & Arizona Department Of Transportation Information
Motorcycle License Information
Temporary residents such as out-of-state students and their family members, or military personnel and their family members may apply for a 5-year license regardless of age.
With a permit you are prohibited from carrying passengers and operating a motorcycle on freeways or interstate highways or between sunset and sunrise, or at any time when there is not enough light to clearly see persons or vehicles at a distance of 500 feet.
Class M (Motorcycle)A motorcycle license or endorsement is required to operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle. You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement.
An applicant for a motorcycle license or endorsement who is under 18 must have held an Arizona instruction permit for at least 6 months. The permit must be valid at the time of application. An applicant must also have satisfactorily completed a motorcycle driver education program that is approved by MVD, or the parent or guardian must certify in writing that the applicant has completed at least 30 hours of motorcycle riding practice.
An applicant holding an out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement is exempt from the driver education/driving practice and instruction permit requirements.
Class A, B or C (CDL) with an EndorsementA commercial driver license, (CDL), with a motorcycle endorsement allows you to drive heavyweight vehicles, 26,001 lbs or more gross vehicle weight (GVW), vehicles capable of carrying 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or vehicles required to be placarded for hazardous material, in addition to a motorcycle.
The minimum age for a commercial driver license is 21. If you are at least 18, you may apply for an intrastate commercial driver license that is valid only in Arizona.
Class G (Graduated) with an EndorsementA graduated driver license with a motorcycle endorsement is issued to an applicant who is at least 16, but less than 18 years of age and is valid to operate any vehicle that does not require a commercial license.
The applicant must have held both an Arizona graduated instruction permit and an Arizona motorcycle instruction permit for at least 6 months. The permits must be valid at the time of application. An applicant must also have satisfactorily completed both a graduated and a motorcycle driver education program approved by MVD or the parent or guardian must certify in writing that the applicant has completed at least 30 hours of motorcycle riding practice.
An applicant holding an out-of-state driver license with a motorcycle endorsement is exempt from the driver education/driving practice and instruction permit requirements.
The holder of a graduated license is not required to obtain an operator license at age 18, but may choose to obtain one.
Class D (Operator) with an EndorsementAn operator license with a motorcycle endorsement allows you to drive any vehicle that does not require a commercial license. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for an operator license.
Assisted by the Arizona Medical Advisory Board, we have established medical standards for driver licensing. Several questions regarding your medical condition are included on the driver license application.
You must report to us any medical conditions that develop or worsen that may affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This must be done within five days of a change or as soon as the condition allows. The written report must include: full name, address, date of birth, description of condition and signature. The report must be sent to:
- Mail Drop 818Z
- Medical Review Program
- PO Box 2100
- Phoenix AZ 85001-2100
In addition, drivers who visit an MVD office for vehicle title and registration services may be required to update this vision exam.
Both the driver license and motorcycle examinations are available in English and Spanish. If you cannot read English or Spanish well enough to take a written test, arrangements can be made for an oral examination. If you need an interpreter, you must provide one.
If you are renewing an Arizona license, you may have to take the written test.
Motorcycle Skills Test
If you have a current out-of-state motorcycle license in your possession, and the state that issued the license requires a motorcycle skills test similar to that given by Arizona, then you normally will not be required to take the test. However, you may be required to take a test anytime that you apply for an Arizona license.