How To Get a Motorcycle License in Oregon

In Oregon, you need a separate license to legally operate a motorcycle. The state of Oregon requires individuals to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, which is an additional qualification added to your existing driver’s license. This endorsement allows you to operate a motorcycle on public roads.

To obtain a motorcycle endorsement in Oregon, you must first hold a valid driver’s license. If you don’t have a driver’s license, you will need to obtain one before applying for the motorcycle endorsement. Once you have a driver’s license, you can follow these steps to obtain a motorcycle endorsement:

Complete an approved motorcycle rider training course: Oregon law mandates that all new motorcycle riders must complete a Basic Rider Training (BRT) course. This course includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on riding experience. Successful completion of the course provides you with a waiver for the skills test.

Pass the written knowledge test: After completing the BRT course or if you choose not to take the course, you will need to pass the written knowledge test. The test covers motorcycle-specific traffic laws, safe riding practices, and other related topics.

Schedule and pass the on-cycle skills test: If you did not complete the BRT course, you will need to schedule and pass the on-cycle skills test. The skills test evaluates your ability to operate a motorcycle safely and includes maneuvers such as turning, stopping, and weaving through cones.

Pay the required fees: There are fees associated with obtaining a motorcycle endorsement in Oregon. These fees may vary, so it is best to check with the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) for the current fee structure.

Once you have successfully completed the necessary steps and paid the required fees, the motorcycle endorsement will be added to your driver’s license, allowing you to legally operate a motorcycle in Oregon. It is important to note that motorcycle riders must adhere to all the traffic laws and regulations specific to motorcycles while riding on Oregon roads.