If you’re interested in getting a motorcycle, you may be wondering if you need a special license to obtain one. The short answer is, yes. Anyone who operates a motorcycle will need to get a legal motorcycle license.
At Morris Bart, we strive to provide others with the best resources and provide the support they need if they’ve found themselves in a motorcycle accident. Today we’re going to be answering some important questions regarding motorcycle licenses and why you need to hire a car accident lawyer if you’re in an accident.
Motorcycle License FAQ
There are various steps involved when it comes to getting a motorcycle license. Here are some FAQs regarding motorcycle licenses.
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Why Is a Motorcycle License Required?
A motorcycle license is a requirement, no matter what state you live in. Riding without a license is illegal and those caught riding without one are subject to fines.
Individuals who fail to follow these laws not only put themselves in danger but others as well. Additionally, riding without a motorcycle license can result in serious consequences for the motorist.
What Type of Motorcycle License Can You Get?
There are three types of motorcycle licenses an individual can obtain: Class M, M1, and M2.
- Class M: A Class M license is designed for individuals who own a motorcycle and other motor-driven cycles.
- Class M1: This class is specifically for motorcycles.
- Class M2: This class is for motor-driven cycles and motorized bicycles.
What Are the Consequences of Riding Without a Motorcycle License?
Individuals caught riding without a motorcycle license are subject to fines. Riding as an unlicensed motorist is considered a misdemeanor and those who offend can be hit with considerably hefty fines. A misdemeanor is considered a low-level crime or violation.
While misdemeanors aren’t punished as severely as a felony, they carry more weight than an administrative infraction or a regulatory offense. It’s important to note that the exact cost of the fine can vary depending on the situation as well as your state. However, it’s not uncommon for fines to be as much as $1000 and potentially more.
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What Is the Difference Between a Motorcycle Permit and a Motorcycle License?
A motorcycle license and a motorcycle permit are similar but have key differences. It’s important to note that both a permit and a license will allow an individual to drive a motorcycle, but permits come with specific restrictions to be aware of.
A motorcycle permit is a legal temporary document that enables you to learn how to drive a motorcycle and learn safe driving practices. As such, individuals with a motorcycle permit are not allowed to carry a passenger while riding.
Not only that, but many states have specific times when you can ride a motorcycle. In general, those who only hold a motorcycle permit are restricted to driving during the day. To know exactly what’s allowed to do with your permit, refer to your specific state’s rules and regulations.
A motorcycle license is a permanent legal document that shows proof that you are a competent motorist. Having a motorcycle license removes the restrictions that are placed on those with a permit.
How Do I Obtain a Motorcycle Permit?
Getting a permit will require a few short steps. It’s important to note that steps may vary, depending on your state. These steps include:
Review Your State’s Requirements
To obtain a motorcycle license, individuals will generally need to be 15-16 years of age. Every state sets its own requirements when it comes to obtaining a permit, which is why your first step should be to go online to search for everything you’ll need to do.
You’ll likely find the information you need on your state’s official DMV website. You can also visit your local DMV to find out the information you need.
As part of qualifying for a motorcycle permit, you will need to take some examinations. These examinations include:
- Pass a vision screening test
- Pass the written motorcycle exam
- Complete a driver’s education safety course (note that this may not be required if you already have a driver’s license)
Keep in mind that permits are temporary and will typically last between 6-18 months.
How Do I Obtain a Motorcycle License?
Only individuals who have successfully obtained their permit can get a motorcycle license. Here are the steps you’ll need to take following your permit.
Motorcycle permits only last for a specified amount of time. As such, it’s important to practice as much as possible to be prepared for your road test.
Be sure to spend additional time on areas in which you will likely be highly graded. For instance, starting and stopping, using the clutch properly, turn signals, and hand signals.
Once you’re ready, you will need to take a road test at your local DMV.
If you’ve passed all the required testing, you’ll need to pay a fee to obtain your license. Even if you don’t pass your first test, you will be able to do a retake after a certain amount of time has passed (depending on your state).
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer If I’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
In 2019, 84,000 people were injured in a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, accidents aren’t always avoidable. But if you find yourself in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to hire a personal injury lawyer. At Morris Bart, we are a team of highly skilled legal professionals committed to fighting for personal injury victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Regardless of the severity of the accident, it’s worth hiring a qualified lawyer if you’re suffering from injuries. Even injuries that appear small can lead to chronic pain and complications that last a lifetime. Even more, many insurance companies can make it difficult for individuals to get the compensation they deserve.
Here are some complications that some insurance companies present.
- Denying claims
- Claiming that an injury didn’t happen
- Refusal to pay medical benefits
A qualified lawyer can help you navigate the insurance process and ultimately help you get the rightful compensation for your injuries. Call now for a free consultation!
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