Pennsylvania is similar to other state when it comes to motorcycle licensing. The state first issues a PA motorcycle permit to applicants who have passed the written portion of the Pennsylvania motorcycle test. Learning how to pass the Pennsylvania motorcycle permit test is important because it qualifies an applicant for a free training course. Riders who pass that course can then get a Pennsylvania motorcycle license.
Go to dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-5.pdf. This form is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Driver Licensing “Motorcycle Learner’s Permit” application. Print out the form.
Fill out this form and prepare the PA motorcycle permit application fee. As of November 2010, the fee is $10.
Prepare for your Pennsylvania motorcycle permit knowledge test. You can use the state motorcycle manual to prepare for this written test. Download the PennDOT “Motorcycle Operator Manual” at dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/pa_forms_manuals/PUB147.pdf.
Head to the nearest Department of Transportation PennDOT Driver License Center. You can find a directory of these centers at https://www.dot3.state.pa.us/locator/locator.jsp#top?20101122011523447=20101122011523447.
Take your PA motorcycle test to obtain your permit. This learners permit is valid for one year. A learners permit allows you to ride motorcycles in Pennsylvania under the supervision of a licensed motorcycle rider.
Once you have your PA motorcycle permit, it is advisable to take an approved motorcycle course. In fact, you can actually take a free Pennsylvania motorcycle training course through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. Successful attendees of the course get a waiver of the normal PA motorcycle driving test and can proceed directly to a PennDOT Driver License Center to get their Pennsylvania motorcycle license.
As a Pennsylvania motorcycle permit holder, be aware that you can only drive during daylight hours and may only transport your training supervisor. In addition, it is best to first get a regular driver’s license. Otherwise, you must be immediately and directly supervised at all times.
Go to Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program at pamsp.com/ to learn more about and enroll in one of the free motorcycle training programs.
FAQ for the PA Motorcycle Permit