Georgia is a great place for motorcycle enthusiasts. With plenty of scenic roadways and the opportunity for year-round riding, the state is a paradise for anyone who loves hitting the open road on a motorcycle. Like most states, though, Georgia does require its residents to obtain a motorcycle license prior to operating a bike on the road. Getting your Class M license is a pretty straightforward process, though. Let’s take a closer look at how to get your Georgia motorcycle license.
Learn to Ride
The first step in becoming a licensed motorcyclist is learning to ride. Riding a motorcycle is a skill, and it takes a lot of practice to learn and get it right. While not mandatory, Georgia is one of the few states that offers a Motorcycle Instructional Permit, known as the Class MP permit. Reservations for motorcycle road tests are only available to those who have the MP permit.
To obtain this permit, you must be at least 16 years of age, and if you are under 17, you must complete a 30-hour Georgia Driver Training/Driver Education Course. You’re also required to complete the Georgia Behind the Wheel Program. If you are under the age of 18, a parent, guardian, authorized Driver Training Instructor or other responsible adult is required to sign the application for the license. A responsible adult can only sign in situations involving emancipated minors with the appropriate court-ordered documentation.
Applicants of all ages must pass a vision exam and successfully complete the Georgia DDS Knowledge Exam. When applying, you will need documentation that shows your identity, address, social security number and U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful status in the United States. Individuals who are under the age of 18 must also present either a Certificate of School Enrollment dated within the last 30 days or a high school diploma or GED.
Once you have your permit, you can begin learning to ride a bike on the road. However, you are only permitted to ride during daylight hours and you may not carry a passenger. You must wear the safety equipment required by law at all times and you may not drive on limited access highways. Remember that Georgia requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets when operating bikes on roadways.
It is also a good idea to enroll in Georgia’s Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Course. This course teaches new riders how to operate a motorcycle safely and avoid motorcycle crashes with preparing them to get their licenses.
Get Your License
If you take the state’s basic motorcycle course, getting your license is a breeze. The state gives students over the age of 17 who successfully complete the course a 90-day license waiver. This means that the DDS waives the written and riding tests for the Georgia motorcycle license application for 90 days following the date on which you graduate from the course. If you’ve successfully completed the course and apply for a license within 90 days, all you will have to do to get your license is paperwork.
If you choose not to take the course, there are certain requirements to obtain a Class M license in Georgia. You must be at least 17 years old and you will need to pass the DDS Knowledge Exam. You must also pass the DDS Motorcycle Road Skills Test as well as a vision exam. If you are under the age of 18, your application for a Class M license must be signed by a parent, guardian or responsible adult. Whoever signs for your license will have the authority to request that your Georgia motorcycle license be revoked at any time prior to your 18th birthday.
Once all applications, training and testing have been completed, you will need to have your picture taken, provide a thumbprint and pay the application fee. The fee is $25 for a five-year license and $32 for an eight-year license. After successfully completing all of the steps listed above, you will officially be a licensed motorcycle rider in the state of Georgia.
Getting your motorcycle license in Georgia is a simple process, but it is one that should not be taken lightly. Obtaining your license is easy but learning how to ride is something that can take several years to master. Make sure your Georgia motorcycle riding experience is fun and enjoyable by wearing the right motorcycle gear, riding a bike that is appropriate for your skill level and always riding with caution to avoid motorcycle crashes.