Motorcycle Licenses and Permits in Virginia

Riders in Virginia need to have anM, M2 or M3 endorsement on their driver’s license. In Virginia those endorsements will be listed under “Class” on the front of the driver’s license. The number after the M specifically denotes the types of motorcycle the license holder is permitted to ride. M2 technically means the rider can only legally operate two-wheeled motorcycles and M3 denotes the rider can legally operate three-wheeled motorcycles. Anyone with just the M on their license is authorized to ride both two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles.

Anyone who wants a motorcycle endorsement on their Virginia license needs to:

  • Pass a vision test
  • Pass a motorcycle knowledge exam
  • Hold a motorcycle learners permit for at least 30 days (or 9 months if you are under the age of 18)
  • Pass the motorcycle road skills test administered at a participating DMV customer service center in Virginia

Anyone who takes theVirginia Rider Training Program doesn’t have to pass either the written motorcycle knowledge exam or the motorcycle road skills test. The motorcycle endorsement does need to be renewed, so when you renew your Virginia driver’s license make sure to renew your motorcycle endorsement as well.

Motorcycle Licenses and Permits in North Carolina

Anyone in North Carolina with a regular license, full level 3 provisional license or commercial driver license is eligible to get their motorcycle learner’s permit or a motorcycle endorsement. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 must have at least the full provisional license and drivers over the age of 18 must have at least a regular license to get a motorcycle learner permit.

In North Carolina, motorcycle endorsements are good for eight years if you’re between the age of 18 and 66, but they are only good for five years if you’re over the age of 66.

Every rider seeking a motorcycle endorsement must pass a:

  • Vision test
  • Traffic signs test
  • Motorcycle knowledge test
  • Motorcycle skills test (road test)

The skills tests are only available at certain North Carolina DMV locations at certain times. You can schedule byvisiting their Motorcycle & Moped Privileges page and using their online appointment scheduler.

Get Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Virginia or North Carolina

The Motorcycle Law Group can’t help you pass your motorcycle skills test, but we can fight for you if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash. Our attorneys understand riders and the often-obnoxious bureaucratic hoops they must contend with because our attorneys are riders.

Having a lawyer who can relate to what you’re going through and knowledgably speak to your accident and the challenges facing riders on the road might make all the difference in your case.

Call us at(855) 529-7433 for a FREE motorcycle accident case evaluation.