Motorcycle License Issues in Missouri
Being a traffic ticket lawyer near me means that I have to know about different types of license classes.
Motorcyle License Class in Missouri
In Missouri, a Class M motorcycle license or permit, or a driver license with the M endorsement are required if you operate a motorcycle or motortricycle on public roads.
You can apply for a temporary motorcycle instruction permit at 15 ½ years old. This permit will only be issued if you have successfully completed an approved motorcycle rider training course (MRTC). You must also have the written consent of your parent or legal guardian, as well as pass the Class F and Class M written, vision, and road sign test. The cost for this permit is $3.75, of which, $2.75 is applied to the motorcycle rider training course.
THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL MISSOURI MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMIT HOLDERS UNDER THE AGE OF 16:
- No Passengers
- Daylight driving only
- 50 mile limit from the operator’s home address
- Engine with a displacement of not greater than 250 cc
Applying For A Permit
You may apply for a temporary motorcycle instruction permit at 16 years old. You must pass the Class M written test, but you are not required to take the motorcycle rider training course. The cost of the permit is $1. If you apply for a permit or license at a fee license office, then you must pay an additional $2.50 handling fee. If you do not have a driver license, you can take the Class F and Class M written tests to receive a motorcycle permit (Class F permit with an M endorsement).
THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL MISSOURI MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMIT HOLDERS THAT ARE AGE 16 OR OVER:
- Daylight driving only
- No passengers
- When you are ready, you may take the motorcycle skills test (MSHP or MRTC) to be motorcycle qualified. The cost of a Class M motorcycle license is $7.50 for a 3-year license and $15.00 for a 6-year license. If you apply for a license or a permit at a fee license office, you must pay an additional $2.50 handling fee for a 3-year license and a $4.00 handling fee for a 6-year license.
Motorcycle License Testing
To earn your license, you must pass an on-cycle skill test and a knowledge test. Knowledge test questions are based on practices, information, and ideas from the Missouri manual. You are required to understand and know road rules and safe riding practices. An on-cycle skill test will either be conducted in a controlled, off-street area or in an actual traffic environment.
Your Driving Test
Basic vehicle control and crash avoidance skills are included in the on-cycle tests to determine your ability to handle hazardous and normal traffic situations.
You may be tested for your ability to:
- Accelerate, brake and turn safely.
- See, be seen and communicate with others.
- Know your motorcycle and your riding limits.
- Stop, turn and swerve quickly.
- Make critical decisions and carry them out.
- Adjust speed and position to traffic situation.
Examiners may score on factors related to:
- Choosing the correct path and staying within boundaries.
- Completing normal and quick turns or swerves.
- Completing normal and quick stops.
- Selecting safe speeds to perform maneuvers.
- To receive a motorcycle license with full privileges, most states require that maneuvers be performed as designed.
On-cycle skill tests are not designed for sidecars and three-wheel vehicles. Those vehicles maneuver differently than a two-wheeled motorcycle. Depending on the state, a driver examiner may follow you on a car test-route. Restrictions (sidecar, three-wheeled vehicle) may be added until completion of a two-wheeled cycle test.
Motorcycle Rider Courses
Motorcycles make sense and so does professional training. Motorcycles are inexpensive to operate, easy to park and fun to ride. Unfortunately, many riders never learn critical skills needed to ride safely. Professional training for beginners and experienced riders prepares them for real traffic situations. Motorcycle Rider Courses teach and improve skills, such as:
- Braking maneuvers
- Obstacle avoidance
- Effective turning
- Protective apparel selection
- Traffic strategies
Motorcycle Traffic Tickets
While most law enforcement officers won’t admit it, the truth is that riding on a motorcycle will attract more attention from cops. Drive a bike long enough and you’ll be more likely to get a speeding ticket O’Fallon Missouri or a careless imprudent ticket lawyer. So be extra vigilant about driving safely and within the rules of the road.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to take a Motorcycle Rider Training Course, either in addition to or in lieu of testing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, only Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program courses are acceptable for the purpose of obtaining a Missouri motorcycle permit/license. To locate an approved course in your area, contact the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP) at (800) 801-3588, or online at www.mmsp.org.
Traffic Ticket Center in St. Charles County Missouri can assist you with any traffic violation you get on your motorcycle. Call us today at (636) 486-2669.