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If you already have a valid Indiana driver's license, you may add an "L" endorsement to your license allowing you to operate a motorcycle. 

To get a motorcycle endorsement you must obtain a motorcycle learner's permit or pass a Motorcycle Operator Safety Education program.

Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program

For individuals who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their current riding skills and knowledge, courses are offered throughout the state through the Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program. The program is administered through the BMV and courses are conducted through ABATE of Indiana, Inc. A standard curriculum is taught at all training sites by rider coaches who are nationally certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and meet the additional requirements of the state program.

Obtaining A Motorcycle Endorsement

To add a motorcycle endorsement to your valid Indiana driver's license, you must hold a motorcycle learner's permit and pass a motorcycle skills test or complete a motorcycle safety course. When you visit a license branch to apply for your motorcycle endorsement, you must provide proof that you have passed a motorcycle skills test or safety course, and pass a standard vision screening test. You must also present certain documents of identification.

Within one year after passing an approved motorcycle safety course, you may obtain a motorcycle endorsement by taking a skills test. To waive the skills test you must present your Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program graduation document when applying for your motorcycle endorsement.

If you fail three motorcycle skills tests while holding a motorcycle learner’s permit, you must wait two months from the date of the last failed skills test before taking the motorcycle skills test again.

If you do not currently hold a valid motorcycle learner’s permit, the motorcycle knowledge and skills tests may be waived for the motorcycle endorsement if you have successfully completed an approved Indiana motorcycle safety education course.

If you are less than 18 years old when you apply for a motorcycle endorsement, you must have a parent or guardian sign an agreement of financial liability.

The vision screening test

The vision screening tests an applicant's visual acuity and visual fields. If your visual ability does not meet state standards, you will be referred to an eye doctor for an eye examination.

Documents of identification

When applying for a motorcycle endorsement, you must present documents of identification proving your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and Indiana residency.

Transferring Your Out-Of-State Motorcycle License/Endorsement

How Long Is My Motorcycle Endorsement Valid?

Your Indiana motorcycle endorsement is valid for the period of validity of your operator’s, chauffeur’s, public passenger chauffeur’s or commercial driver’s license.

You may renew your motorcycle endorsement at any Indiana license branch up to one year before the license expires. If you are less than 18 years old when you get your license, you must renew your license on or before your 21st birthday.

How do I replace my motorcycle endorsement?

To replace your motorcycle endorsement you will need to visit a license branch and present certain documents of identification.

Still Have Questions? Contact The BMV