New York allows motorcycle permit holders to train on motorcycles on New York streets and highways. Those eventually seeking a license should also get a permit so they can participate in a New York motorcycle class. Other than the right to get important hands-on training, it is beneficial to get a New York motorcycle learners permit because you can take the approved training course to get a waiver of your normal road test. Motorcyclists should strongly consider getting a permit because the only main requirements are to have a regular driver’s license and to pass a written motorcycle test.
Get your regular New York driver’s license first. Of course, if you go to high school in New York, you will have access to driver’s education. You then take a written and driving test to get your New York driver’s license.
Download the New York motorcycle manual. This “New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Manual” is available either online at nydmv.state.ny.us/mcmanual/mcmanual.htm or at a local office of the NYS DMV. You can find local New York DMV offices by using the website at nydmv.state.ny.us/offices.htm. Note that you can also find the location of county road tests and schedule a road test if you intend to go that route to get a license. Keep reading to find out how to get a waiver of that road test.
Study the motorcycle manual to prepare for the written (knowledge) portion of the motorcycle test. This is the only main requirement where you have to prepare to get an NYS motorcycle permit.
Read Form ID-44 to make sure you have the required personal identification to get your motorcycle learners permit. Take that ID with you when you go to take your permit test.
Print out an MV-44 form, which is the standard form for a New York driver’s license but also applies to motorcycle permits.
Fill out the form and then take the form and your required identification to the local NYS DMV so you can take your New York motorcycle permit test. Take the test. If you pass, you will receive your learners permit so you can start practicing and training on real motorcycles in New York.
Note that permit holders must have a supervisor who is licensed and at least 21 years old. That supervisor does not have to be on the motorcycle with you but must stay within 1/4 mile of your location.
Once you have your permit, you can take a basic motorcycle course provided through the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program. Successful completion of the course provides you with a certificate for a waiver of the hands-on driving test normally required for an NYS motorcycle license. You must get your motorcycle permit and then take a New York class to get this waiver.
NYS DMV: NYS Motorcycle Licenses