Are There Different Types of Motorcycle Licenses in Missouri?

When it comes to operating motorcycles on public roadways, every state enforces its own licensing requirements.

Motorcycles are some of the most dangerous vehicles on Missouri roads. Because riders have limited safety elements, minor accidents can result in serious injuries. As such, the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) requires riders to obtain a motorcycle-specific license to ensure roads are safe for riders and motorists alike.

If you’re considering hopping on the saddle, you’ll need to follow proper Missouri procedures to obtain a Class M motorcycle license. Failure to do so can result in serious legal consequences.

Motorcycle Licenses in Missouri

Although many states differentiate between motorcycle classes, such as those with larger or smaller engine displacement, Missouri offers one universal motorcycle license to all riders. 

Under Missouri law, the Class M license allows motorists to drive any legally registered motorbike across the state’s roads and highways. To obtain a Class M endorsement, applicants must comply with a series of requirements and pay the applicable fees.

Age and Permit Requirements

Most Missouri residents are eligible for a motorcycle license from the age of 15½. However, riders under 16 must take an approved motorcycle driving class before obtaining a permit. 

Additionally, permit holders under 16 must comply with state restrictions, such as only operating a vehicle during the day and driving no more than 50 miles from their home address.

For applicants 16 and older, motorcycle riding courses are optional but highly recommended. However, permit holders of all ages are still subject to several safety restrictions, including no passengers, until they receive a full license.

Missouri only grants official Class M motorcycle licenses to applicants 18 years or older. Once a full Class M license is granted, riders are no longer subject to special restrictions.

Applying for a Class M License in Missouri 

Applicants for a Missouri motorcycle license must provide several documents, including:

  • Proof of legal name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of Missouri residency

You can fulfill the requirements by providing any combination of valid documents. Should you want your Class M license to be a REAL ID, you’ll need to provide additional documentation to the state, including an original birth certificate.  

Additionally, if you’re new to Missouri, the DOR may also request you surrender any out-of-state driver’s licenses.

Testing Requirements

Testing is a vital part of the process for any Missouri resident to obtain a Class M endorsement or license.

Applicants must pass the Class F and Class M examinations, each requiring a written portion and a vehicle skills assessment. 

The written test ensures that applicants understand the road rules and follow safe riding practices. The on-motorcycle test is conducted in an actual traffic environment and further ensures that riders comply with traffic laws and know how to operate their vehicle correctly.

Successful completion of the testing elements and a standard vision exam will grant riders an official Class M license valid for three or six years, depending on the application.

Mopeds and Scooters

Some states, such as California, issue different levels of Class M licenses to correspond with unique motorbike classifications. Typically, M1 permissions allow riders to operate smaller vehicles, such as mopeds and scooters, while M2 permissions correspond with bigger bikes.

Although Missouri law defines smaller bikes as separate from standard motorcycles, they’re still considered motor vehicles. Big or small, any motorized vehicle requires a driver’s license to operate on public roads. 

Even though most of these smaller vehicles don’t require registration or insurance, they must still comply with Missouri’s traffic laws as needed. Failure to follow the law can result in hefty fees, vehicle impounding, and even a revocation of driving privileges.

Mitigating the Risk of Motorcycle Accidents in St. Louis, Missouri

Whether you plan to commute or simply enjoy the occasional weekend ride around St. Louis, you must first acquire a motorcycle license.

If you become involved in a motorcycle accident, possessing a valid Class M license can help you avoid serious legal consequences and other liabilities down the road.

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