Kibbey Wagner, PLLC | February 27, 2023 | Florida Law
In Florida, like in every other state, you must first obtain proper licensing if you wish to operate a motorcycle. Without a license, you are not allowed to ride a motorcycle on the streets. If you do so anyway, you can face legal consequences.
The State of Florida provides two avenues you can take to obtain motorcycle licensure.
Options for Motorcycle Licensing in Florida
Some states have different kinds of licenses you can acquire to ride motorcycles, depending on the type of bike you wish to operate. In Florida, it is a bit different.
There are no different types of licenses, but there are two ways to become licensed to operate a motorcycle. You can obtain a motorcycle-only license, or you can pursue a motorcycle endorsement on an existing license.
A motorcycle license only allows you to operate motorcycles. This is the type of license individuals acquire if they do not have a regular driver’s license.
To obtain a motorcycle license, you’ll need to take several steps.
A Florida motorcycle license requires you to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18, you’ll first need to obtain a learner’s permit and have that for at least one year with no traffic convictions.
Next, you’ll need to pass a knowledge exam. This is the same type of exam required for regular Class E vehicle driver’s licenses, as motorcycle riders must follow the same rules of the road.
You must complete a rider’s course to learn about motorcycle operation and safety. You can take the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or the Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu).
Once you’ve taken your motorcycle rider course, you can visit the DMV and provide proof of your completion. You’ll get your motorcycle license after paying the required fees.
If you already possess a Class E driver’s license, you can obtain a motorcycle endorsement that can be added to your current license. This will give you the ability to operate a motorcycle without having to get a motorcycle license.
To acquire your motorcycle endorsement, you’ll need to:
- Hold a valid Florida Class E driver’s license
- Complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or the Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu)
- Visit the DMV and pay the required endorsement fees to obtain your motorcycle endorsement on your license
It is important to note that you only have one year after taking and completing your rider course to obtain your motorcycle endorsement. If you fail to acquire your endorsement within one year, you’ll need to retake and pass the course again.
Other Considerations Before Operating a Motorcycle in Florida
Getting a motorcycle license or endorsement is only one step to take before you’re able to hit the road on your motorcycle. There are other steps to take and considerations to make before getting on your bike.
Like any other vehicle, Florida requires motorcycle owners to register their motorcycles. You’ll need to visit your local DMV and provide proper documentation and fees to obtain a plate for your bike.
Additionally, while Florida does not require motorcycle insurance, it is always best to be as protected as possible. While you may feel insurance is not necessary, it can come in handy in case of a motorcycle accident. Accidents can leave you injured and facing financial difficulties, and having proper insurance can help minimize these burdens.
Most importantly, wear protective gear and operate your motorcycle safely. While motorcycle collisions cannot always be avoided, taking the time to have the right skills, licensure, and protection can make all the difference.
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