Motorcycle Permit Information

Overview
The Class M permit allows you to ride a motorcycle/scooter under the supervision of a licensed rider that is at least 21 years old. The licensed rider must always remain within ¼ mile of you and can be either in a car or on a motorcycle.

Background on Getting a Permit
The motorcycle permit test consists of 20 multiple choice questions and is administered at a DMV office after you fill out form MV-44. Some locations require that a reservation to be made in advance by scheduling with the local DMV office. The motorcycle permit is valid for one year and may be renewed once without retaking the test. The DMV motorcycle permit fees are based on the license driver class. If you need to replace or renew a lost, stolen, or damaged learner’s permit in New York, you must visit the DMV office in person.

Taking the Test
To pass the written test, you must get at least 14 of the 20 multiple-choice questions correct. Of the 14 correct answers, at least 2 of them have be on the topic of road signs (there are 4 questions about road signs on the test). Additionally, if you are applying for a motorcycle permit, you must get at least 3 out of the 5 motorcycle questions correct.

Fall 2020 DMV Update:  the DMV announced evolving services such as taking the motorcycle permit test online.  Please check their website for updates: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-dmv-expand-online-services

Study Resources
1. Driver’s Manual (generally 15 questions are sourced from here)
2. Motorcycle Manual (generally 5 questions are sourced from here)
3. Motorcycle Permit Practice Test

Attention Moped Riders!
The Limited-use Motorcycle requirements to operate a moped are like those for motorcycles. You must have a driver license and register your moped to drive it on streets and highways. Please note that here are exceptions to these requirements listed in this table on the DMV page.

The DMV classifies a moped as a Class A, Class B or Class C limited use motorcycle according to its top speed. Only a certified model of limited use motorcycle can get a registration in New York State (and only the manufacturer can certify a moped). If the vehicle goes over 30 MPH, it is Class A and must be operated with a motorcycle license (regardless of engine size).