A Class M license or a Class M Instructional Permit (MP) is required to legally operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle in Georgia. Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider is controlled by handlebars and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor and moped (with an engine size not exceeding 50cc), is defined as a motorcycle. Georgia law places all types of motorcycles (including scooters, motorbikes, and mini-bikes with engine size 51cc or greater) into one classification. All are considered motor-driven cycles.
There are two ways to earn a motorcycle license:
- You can take a Motorcycle Safety Program Course where you will receive professional training in motorcycle handling (motorcycles are provided) as well as earn a 90-day Motorcycle License Test Waiver (if you successfully complete the course).
- The other method is to apply directly at a DDS Customer Service Center. To earn your license, you must pass a knowledge test and an on-cycle skills test (on your own motorcycle). You must also pass a vision test. If the vision test was administered and passed during the year in conjunction with another license issuance, this vision test may be waived. NOTE: This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed a Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program 90-day Motorcycle License Test Waiver rider education course.
The License Test Waiver will allow you to bypass the knowledge test and the on-cycle skills test at a DDS Customer Service Center. For more information on the Motorcycle operator’s testing, please view the Motorcycle Operator's Manual.