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Watch this 3 minute Video on how to
get your motorcycle Permit & License

Everything you need to know about obtaining your
MA Motorcycle Permit & License

Q: Do I need a permit to take the class?

If you have your MA Motorcycle Permit when you come to the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and you successfully complete the course you will receive your motorcycle license in the mail 7-10 business days after the class.

Getting your motorcycle permit and license by passing the course is a simple process and is described in the following 4 steps.

STEP 1

You will need to go to the RMV and pass a test (given on their computer). You do NOT need an appointment and the fee is $30. Most people pass the test the first time. However, if you would like to study, you should read the MA Motorcycle Drivers Manual.

All of the questions on the Permit test are from the Motorcycle Manual

STEP 2

While you are at the RMV, you should also "pre-pay" for the Motorcycle Endorsement (fee is $15).
The Motorcycle Endorsement is the letter "M" that will be placed on your license to show you are a licensed motorcyclist. By pre-paying before you take the Motorcycle Safety Course, the RMV will be able to mail you the new motorcycle license and you will not have to return to the RMV to pay the $15 fee.

Note: If you already have your permit and did NOT prepay the $15 endorsement fee when you were at the RMV, then you can do the following steps. Prepaying for the motorcycle endorsement is not mandatory in order to get your license. It just enables the RMV to mail you the motorcycle license (after passing the course) rather than you having to go back to the RMV and pick it up.

  1. Call 857-368-8000.
  2. Say "Road Test".
  3. Say "Pre Pay".
  4. Say the Permit Number. Don't be concerned when the system says "Scheduled Road Test".
  5. Say the date of birth.
  6. System will tell you the total is $15.00.
  7. Pay with Credit Card.

STEP 3

Bring your permit to your scheduled class and the Training Wheels instructor will electronically notify the RMV when you successfully complete the course. The RMV will then mail you your new Massachusetts Motorcycle License within 7-10 business days of passing the course.

STEP 4

To register for a Motorcycle Rider Education class near you, click here.


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...about your motorcycle permit & license

How do I get my motorcycle license if I pass the course?

If you successfully complete the BRC or ERC Rider Course, have a valid Massachusetts motorcycle permit at the time, and your permit does not expire for at least 2 weeks following the course completion date, you'll qualify for licensing through the course with no further testing at the registry! You will NOT have to go to the RMV and take a Road Test if you pass the course.

If you have prepaid for the motorcycle endorsement for your license, the RMV will mail you your new motorcycle license.

If you did not prepay for the motorcycle endorsement for your license, the RMV will mail you a "Certificate of Completion" instructing you to go to an RMV to get your license.


Will I have to go back to the RMV after the course to get my motorcycle license?

No. As long as you have prepaid the fee for the motorcycle endorsement (M) on your license you should not have to return to the RMV. Upon successfully completing the course we will notify the RMV and they will mail you your motorcycle license. You will usually receive it within 7 business days.


How do I prepay for my motorcycle endorsement on my license before I take the course?

If you have not gone to the RMV to get your motorcycle permit you should also prepay for the motorcycle endorsement for your license at that time. The RMV clerk may not ask you if you would like to prepay (we are working on changing that). You must say "I'd like to prepay for my motorcycle endorsement". The fee is $15.

Note: If you already have your permit and did NOT prepay the $15 endorsement fee when you were at the RMV, then you can do the following steps. Prepaying for the motorcycle endorsement is not mandatory in order to get your license. It just enables the RMV to mail you the motorcycle license (after passing the course) rather than you having to go back to the RMV and pick it up.

  1. Call 857-368-8000.
  2. Say "Road Test".
  3. Say "Pre Pay".
  4. Say the Permit Number. Don't be concerned when the system says "Scheduled Road Test".
  5. Say the date of birth.
  6. System will tell you the total is $15.00.
  7. Pay with Credit Card.

What if I don't prepay for the motorcycle endorsement fee before I take the class?

All that means is that in approximately 10 business days after you successfully complete the course you will receive a "Certificate of Completion" form instructing you to bring the form, permit and course completion card to the RMV. Please realize that by prepaying for the endorsement fee you will save yourself a trip to the RMV. There is no way to expedite this process.

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Do I need a permit to take the class?

You are allowed to take the class with or without your permit. However, if you do have your permit prior to taking (and passing) the class, you can be exempt from having to take the registry's road test to receive your motorcycle license. That also saves you $20 in RMV fees.


Do I need a permit in order to register for the class?

No. You can register online for a class without having a motorcycle permit. However, as stated in the above question you are advised to obtain a permit before you ARRIVE to your scheduled class.


How do I get a permit?

Motorcycle permits are issued at any full-service Registry of Motor Vehicles - no appointments are made for this exam. You must pass a computerized multiple choice test and pay a $30 fee. Want to study beforehand? Pick up a copy of the Operator's Manual that they have located at their information booths. Many of the questions you will be asked are general rules of the road and not motorcycle-specific.


Should I be nervous about taking the RMV's written motorcycle permit test?

Not at all. The RMV wants to insure that you know basic rules of the road. They count on us to teach you motorcycle safety. All of the questions on the exam are taken from the RMV Motorcycle Manual.
To view the manual please click this link.


If I have a Rhode Island or New Hampshire drivers license, can I take the Training Wheels BRC in Massachusetts to get my motorcycle license?

If you have a Rhode Island or New Hampshire drivers license you can take the Training Wheels Basic Rider Course (BRC) in Massachusetts and receive your RI or NH motorcycle license. RI & NH are "reciprocal" states and they honor the Training Wheels BRC if taken at any of our six locations in Massachusetts. After you successfully complete the BRC you will be provided with a confirmation certificate that you can bring to your DMV and receive your Rhode Island or New Hampshire motorcycle license.

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