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ILLINOIS MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENTS

Riding a motorcycle in Illinois is the same as driving any other motor vehicle – you need to have a drivers license in order to drive legally. Although motorcycles are smaller in size than other vehicles, riding one still requires a valid drivers license that will reflect the type of motorcycle in question. To be safe on Illinois roads, you should always bear in mind that you are an equally important participant in traffic as any other.

Riding a motorcycle in Illinois is the same as driving any other motor vehicle – you need to have a drivers license in order to drive legally. Although motorcycles are smaller in size than other vehicles, riding one still requires a valid drivers license that will reflect the type of motorcycle in question. To be safe on Illinois roads, you should always bear in mind that you are an equally important participant in traffic as any other.

Knowing your motorcycle, its construction, needs and abilities makes it easier for you to operate it better. Additionally, having a motorcycle drivers license is the only way to drive it legally on the road or on the streets. Before you decide to ride a motorcycle in IL, you should get familiar with the following sections:

  • The different types of motorcycle driving licenses
  • How to obtain a motorcycle drivers license

Types of Motorcycle Driving Licenses

Depending on the size and weight of the motorcycle, the state of IL issues two types of driving licenses:

  • Class M motorcycle drivers license (for motorcycles with 150cc or greater displacement)
  • Class L motorcycle drivers license (for motorcycles with less than 150cc displacement)

Additionally, new drivers who are just starting to learn to ride a motorcycle must pass three tests (vision, written and driving test) before they obtain a regular motorcycle license endorsement. The state issues instruction permits for young drivers who have completed driver education and passed the written test. This allows them to practice riding their motorcycle before they are eligible to apply for a regular motorcycle license. The instruction permit is only valid for daytime driving and only when the driver is accompanied by a licensed motorcycle operator who has at least one year of driving experience.

How to Obtain a Motorcycle License

If you are considering purchasing a motorcycle or any other motor-driven cycle, you must first make sure that you are able to drive it. To do that, you must obtain a motorcycle driving license which will allow you to take your vehicle on the road legally. To apply for a new motorcycle drivers license, visit a local Driver Services office and present the following documentation:

  • A complete application form
  • A Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity (birth certificate, ID card)
  • Proof of residency (recent utility bill, bank statement, lease/mortgage agreement)
  • Out-of-state licenses (if applicable)
  • Proof of paid drivers license fees
  • Successfully passed tests
  • A recent photo of you

Once your application and documents have been verified and approved, you will receive your new IL motorcycle license endorsement. Note that if you are a driver less than the age of 18, you must complete the IL Department of Transportation training course and pass a driving skills test. You will present this certificate to the Driver Services office when you apply for your instruction permit. Similarly, drivers who are more than 18 years of age must also take the motorcycle driving training course and present the certificate to the DSD when applying for a motorcycle drivers license.