Georgia places great emphasis on safe riding of motorcycles. The state’s motorcycle safety program and licensing requirements are designed to ensure that riders have adequate knowledge of safe riding procedures and the physical ability to actually ride a bike in a safe manner. Applicants can start out by taking written tests to get a Georgia motorcycle permit. Holders of permits can take up to six months to learn how to ride a motorcycle. After getting practice on riding, the applicant then takes a hands-on (driving) Georgia motorcycle test. Successful test takers can get a GA motorcycle license.
If you are at least 16, you can get a permit (and 17 for a Georgia motorcycle license). However, those under 18 need to have proof of attendance in school by presenting a “Certificate of Attendance,” signed by a school official. You may download this form at dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/DS-1.pdf.
Download the Georgia motorcycle manual from the Department of Driver Services (DDS) website at dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/MotorManual.pdf. In order to get your Georgia motorcycle permit, you will need to pass a road rules test and a road signs test. This knowledge test is sufficient to get a permit and start training on actual vehicles.
Study the manual until you have enough confidence to take the two GA written motorcycle tests. You can then proceed to the nearest Georgia DDS Driver’s License Customer Service Center. A location finder is available online at dds.ga.gov/locations/index.aspx.
After getting your permit, you have some options. The general rule is that you now need to take a Georgia motorcycle driving test to get your license. But there is a way to get a waiver from this driving test.
To explore Georgia motorcycle training options, including training that provides a test waiver, you need to read about options provided by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Motorcycle Safety Program. This program provides approved GA motorcycle classes. While there is no requirement to get training through a motorcycle safety class, it will help you prepare for your driving test if you are not experienced in riding a motorcycle.
If you can provide your own motorcycle, you can also take the “ERC License Waiver” training course. Successful graduates of this class do not have to take the motorcycle written test with the GA DDS.
Make your decision about training and waiver options. Complete your waiver training or complete a basic motorcycle course or other course and schedule a driving test with the DDS. Once you have passed that driving portion of the GA motorcycle exam, you can obtain a Georgia motorcycle license.
Georgia DDS: Applying for a Motorcycle License