Jason Stephens | February 10, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents
Driving a motorcycle in Texas can be a gratifying experience. With thousands of miles of open roads and beautiful landscapes, the Lone Star State boasts some of the country’s most exciting places to ride.
However, If you’re considering getting on a bike and hitting the open road, you’ll need to comply with the state’s strict licensing requirements.
Learn more about how motorcycle licensing works and how to apply for a special motorcycle license.
Types of Vehicle Licenses in Texas
Every state has different regulations for how they license drivers. In Texas, the Department of Transportation (DOT) includes a list of various types of licenses that residents may apply for, depending on the type of vehicle they wish to operate.
Class A, B, and C licenses are issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, buses, and tank vehicles.
The most common type of license, which is issued to drivers of regular passenger vehicles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs, is a Class D license.
Even if you already hold a Texas driver’s license for passenger or commercial vehicles, the state still requires special testing and endorsement if you want to drive a motorcycle on any public roadways legally.
Texas Licensing Requirements
To obtain any vehicle license in Texas, an individual must pass written and road tests, provide proof of identity and residency and have a satisfactory driving record.
The specific requirements for each license type vary, so you should check with the Texas DPS for the most up-to-date information and requirements.
Two Types of Motorcycle Licenses
In Texas, there are two types of motorcycle licenses that residents can apply for:
- Class M
- Class M with restrictions
A Class M license allows holders to operate any motorcycle without significant restrictions. Generally, this license lets residents drive legally registered motorcycles on Texas roads and highways.
Class M with restrictions licenses are for individuals who want to operate a motorcycle with automatic transmission.
Applying for a Class M License
To help prevent tragic accidents, you’ll need to comply with the state’s requirements to obtain a Class M license in Texas.
Although not every requirement will apply to all applicants, you will need to meet most of the following criteria:
- Be at least 15 years of age.
- Complete a motorcycle operator training and safety course
- Pass a skills test administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Pass a written test on motorcycle knowledge and safety
- Provide proof of identity and residency
- Have a satisfactory driving record
The application process for any Class M license in Texas involves:
- Visiting a local DPS office
- Providing the required documentation
- Passing the written and skills tests
It is important to note that individuals under the age of 18 are required to complete a motorcycle operator training and safety course. In contrast, individuals over the age of 18 have the option of completing the course or taking the skills test.
Driving a Motorcycle in the Lone Star State
In addition to obtaining a Class M license, it is also vital for motorcycle riders to understand and comply with Texas motorcycle laws, including wearing a helmet, having liability insurance, and following traffic laws.
The Texas DPS also offers a motorcycle safety course for individuals who wish to improve their riding skills and knowledge. The course is recommended for riders of all skill levels and can provide a certificate of completion that can be used to waive the skills test for obtaining a Class M license.
You can periodically check with the Texas DPS for any updates or alterations in motorcycle licensing requirements, as driving laws and conditions are subject to change.
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