Getting Your Motorcycle License in Kansas

Man on a motorcycle training course walking towards his bike with helmet in his hand

Are you considering getting your motorcycle license? Great! You’re about to begin one of the most enjoyable hobbies on the planet. However, taking the appropriate measures to obtain your license and feel confident on the road is essential to being a responsible biker. 

Read on to learn the steps you need to take to get your Kansas motorcycle license. 

Step 1: Determine The Type of License You Need

To operate a motorcycle in Kansas, you must have one of the following:

  • Kansas motorcycle permit
  • Restricted or non-restricted Class M license (for minors)
  • Class M endorsement on an adult license

You must be at least 14 years old to receive a Kansas motorcycle permit. Anyone under 16 must obtain written permission from a parent or guardian before applying for their permit. This permit is valid for one year. 

Sixteen-year-olds can apply for a less-restricted license, which restricts riding time to daylight hours and school or work activities. Meanwhile, individuals 17 and older can apply for a Class M motorcycle endorsement, which has no riding restrictions. 

Step 2: Obtain Proof of Residence and Identity

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably in the market for a Class M motorcycle endorsement. This endorsement attaches to your existing driver’s license, permitting you to operate a motorcycle on the road. 

When you apply for this endorsement, you will need to give proof of your identity and residence to the DMV. The Kansas DMV provides a list of documents that qualify as these pieces of evidence. 

Step 3: Prepare for the Knowledge Test 

The first part of the motorcycle endorsement test is a written knowledge test. If you’re brand-new to riding a motorcycle, you’ll want to spend time studying for this test. 

You can read the Kansas motorcycle manual and take free practice tests online. Make sure you feel confident in your motorcycle knowledge — if you fail the test, you’ll need to pay an additional fee to retake it. 

You can take the knowledge test at any Kansas driver’s license exam station. We recommend making an appointment online to ensure that the station you choose has availability when you need it. 

Step 4: Pass a Skills Driving Test OR Take a Motorcycle Safety Course 

Passing an on-bike skills test is one of the most valuable steps in the licensing process. This test ensures that you know how to operate your motorcycle on the road. 

However, you have two options for passing this portion of the Kansas motorcycle license test. You can either take a skills driving test through the DMV or take a motorcycle safety course through a state-approved facility. 

Most state-approved motorcycle safety courses include in-classroom segments and on-the-road skills training. Once you complete these courses, you can typically receive a waiver to exempt you from the skills driving test during your licensing process. 

Step 5: Pay Your Motorcycle Endorsement Fee

Once you pass the written test and complete the on-bike skills portion, you’ll have everything you need to get your Class M motorcycle endorsement from the Kansas DMV. You’ll need to pay a fee to obtain this endorsement, as follows:

  • Under 21 years old: $20
  • 21 to 65 years old: $12 (valid for six years)
  • 65 years or older: $9 (valid for four years)

  You’ll also need to pay an $11 fee for your exam and photo. 

Step 6: Hit the Road

After you obtain your Kansas motorcycle license, you’ll be ready to hit the road and begin enjoying the wonderful hobby of motorcycling. Be sure to pay extra attention to traffic laws and navigation while you’re learning the ropes. 

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