How To Get an Ohio Motorcycle License
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) requires that all motorcycle license applicants successfully pass a knowledge and an on-cycle skills test. These two tests are to make sure that you understand the rules of the road and all of the responsibilities that come with driving a motorcycle. Applicants who are under the age of 18 have additional requirements including attending and passing an approved driver education course, completing 50 hours of driving (10 of them at night), and completing a motorcycle safety education course. Drivers under age 18 will also need to pass the state written test to earn their license.
If you have just moved to the state of Ohio and already have an official motorcycle license from another state, you will be exempt from taking the knowledge or on-cycle skills test. More information on transferring your motorcycle license can be found at the BMV website.
The Ohio BMV offers a Basic Rider Skills class that allows new riders to learn how to ride and operate a motorcycle. The 16-hour course is offered at various locations and motorcycles and helmets are provided for the students. Anyone interested will need to have a valid Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) to sign up for these courses. Upon completion of this course, the BMV will waive your on-cycle skills test to obtain your motorcycle license.
Ohio Motorcycle License Test Tips
The knowledge test will be the first exam you will need to take to obtain your motorcycle license in Ohio. Following this exam will be the on-cycle skills test, which we will discuss further below. All of the questions that you see on the knowledge test are centered around information found in the operator’s manual. When you read through this manual, you should take into account all of the information you are reading because it will teach you how to operate a motorcycle safely in traffic. Experienced rider or not, there’s always something new for you to learn, including statistics on some of the dangers of riding a motorcycle.
You will spend about 20-25 minutes taking an on-cycle skills test. In this exam, you will be asked to demonstrate your skills and ability on a motorcycle. The examiner will want to see that you are able to have control of the bike, maneuver safely through traffic, and know how to operate all the components of the vehicle. When you are taking this test, use all of the knowledge and skills that you practiced because you will be scored with a pass or fail. You can find exam locations and schedule your test with the Ohio BMV here.
Information on the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
The Ohio BMV is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:
To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:
Additional O Motorcycle License Helpful Links
Please use the links below to learn more about helpful topics related to the Ohio motorcycle license test or other motorcycle license related topics.
- Ohio Motorcycle Rider Handbook
- Schedule Ohio Motorcycle Riding & Skills Test
- Ohio Drivers License Practice Test
- Ohio CDL Practice Test