Riding a motorcycle can be a very exhilarating but also dangerous activity at the same time. To promote safe streets, Florida requires a safety course to get a Florida motorcycle license. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles approves a number of Florida motorcycle courses throughout the state. Aspiring motorcyclists need to choose and attend one of these courses to get a Florida motorcycle endorsement on their regular Florida drivers license.
Go through the normal process to get a regular Florida drivers license. Once you have the same drivers license that everyone else earns, then you are ready to add a Florida motorcycle license endorsement to your main drivers license.
Open the Florida Rider Training Program website. This site is now the main source (along with the Florida motorcycle manual) for aspiring riders to get information on the Florida motorcycle licensing process. As of 2008, Florida requires a license applicant to complete a third-party motorcycle training course approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Read through the information on this website to get familiar with the training and the motorcycle license requirements for the state of Florida.
Access the “Florida Motorcycle Handbook 2010” online at lowestpricetrafficschool.com/handbooks/motorcycle/en/. Read through the handbook to get more details on the licensing procedure. This handbook is less about motorcycle training and more about giving you resources for your required training course.
Click on “4.2 Florida Rider Training Program Course Sponsors” to find the actual Florida motorcycle schools that are authorized to conduct the training for your motorcycle endorsement. You will see a list broken down by county plus the name and phone number of the course sponsor. Contact individual schools to enroll.
Complete your Florida motorcycle training course. After completion, the school will send word that you completed your course to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Head to a local Florida DMV drivers license office with your existing drivers license. You can see county list of office locations at flhsmv.gov/offices/. Get your Florida motorcycle license endorsement at that office.
Note: Unlike many states, you do not have to worry about a Florida motorcycle test administered by the government. The required safety course is sufficient to get an endorsement provided you already have a Florida drivers license to operate vehicles.
Florida’s New Motorcycle Training Requirements (as of 2008)