How to get your motorcycle license in texas

Before you can scoot around town on a moped or hit the open road on a motorcycle, you’ll need to get your motorcycle license. Texas requires all drivers of these vehicles to earn a Class M license before hitting the mean streets with their two wheels. We’re going to talk about that process in more detail so you know exactly what to expect when you go to the Department of Public Safety.

First things first, there are a couple ways you can go about being certified to drive a motorcycle. You can be getting your motor vehicle (Class C) and motorcycle (Class M) license for the first time at the same time. You have your plain ol’ Texas drivers license before you get your motorcycle license and apply for just a motorcycle endorsement. If you’re wanting to only get a motorcycle license, you’ll have to make sure you’ve taken driver education. Once you’re all set and ready to ride, here’s what you’ll have to do to complete the process of earning your motorcycle license (leather jacket not included):

The first thing you’ll need to do on the road to get your Class M license is to take a DPS-approved motorcycle safety course to get the proper motorcycle instruction. Once you finish that, you’ll receive a certificate of completion that you’ll need to have with you when you apply. This course is only good for 24 months, so make sure you get your license within that time or you’ll have to retake the course.

The next thing you’ll do is head to the DPS. What you’ll need to bring/do depends on your age:

Age 15 – 17

    You must provide proof of:
    • Identity/Citizenship
    • Social Security Number
    • Motorcycle registration
    • Motorcycle insurance
  • Certificate of completion of a DPS and Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved motorcycle safety course
  • Verification of Enrollment
  • One of the following:
    • Provisional License
    • DE-964 showing completion of the classroom portion of drivers ed or competition certificate
    • or
    • Learner Permit and DE-964 showing completion of the classroom portion of drivers ed
  • A parent to sign an authorization
  • Money for the required fees
  • Fill out the Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card
  • Pass the vision test
  • Pass the knowledge test
  • Pass the road test
    • Bring a motorcycle, a motor vehicle, and a driver (your parent can probably double for this)

At 15, you’ll be restricted to motorcycles with a maximum of 250 cc’s or less. This restriction will be lifted on your 16th birthday and you can ride the hog of your dreams.

Age 18+

  • You must provide proof of:
    • Identity/Citizenship
    • Residency
    • Social Security Number
    • Motorcycle registration
    • Motorcycle insurance
  • Certificate of completion of a DPS and Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved motorcycle safety course
  • If you don’t have a driver license, you must also bring a certificate of completion for Adult Drivers Ed
  • Money for the required fees
  • Fill out the Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card
  • Pass the vision test
  • Pass the knowledge test
  • Pass the road test
    • Bring a motorcycle, a motor vehicle, and a driver

Once you do this, you’ll be all ready to take to the streets on your bike. Make sure you wear a helmet! Especially if you’re 18 or younger (it’s the law).