Has it been your dream to explore Florida on your motorcycle? I am sure you are not alone. There are many reasons that people love riding motorcycles. Some folks admire the open-air experience of cruising on a motorcycle, while others like the feeling of independence and relaxation it brings. Others simply like to feel young again by speeding down the highway at top speeds!
So, if you would like your dreams to come true, read this article to learn about how you can get your motorcycle license in Florida fast.
Requirements to Get a Motorcycle License in Florida
No other experience is as relaxing as cruising the highways of Florida with your friends. But for that, you need a motorcycle license like 600,000 other riders in Florida.
The requirements to get a motorcycle license in Florida are:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Have a learner’s permit for 1 year with no traffic violations
- Complete the BRCu or BRC per FL322.12
- Take and pass your Class-E driving license knowledge examination
- Submit proof of completing the BRCu or BRC course at tax collection offices
- Pay the license fee
Applying for a Motorcycle License
Obtain a Learner’s Permit
Assuming you are 16 years old, to get a motorcycle license in Florida, the first thing you need to do is to obtain a learner’s permit by passing your written Class E knowledge examination for motorcycles at any tax collector office. This permit is valid for 1 year from the date of issue. It allows you to operate on Florida roads as long as an adult riding with you has a license and follows the three laws of motorcycling: Bikes smaller than yours should keep right Motorists must not turn left in front of you Riders must yield the right-of-way
To renew your motorcycle learner’s permit, simply go back to the same office where you took it and pay $15. If you do not practice riding, your license will expire.
Pass Introductory Motorcycle Riding Course
The next step is to complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRCu) or Basic Rider Course (BRC), which will teach you the skills needed to ride safely. To be eligible for this course, you need to have a Florida Class E learner’s permit and pass an entrance exam. The BRC has three options: Motorcycle Only, Motorcycle/Automobile Combo, and Automobile Driving Only.
The price for this course is between $99 and $300, depending on the location. Once you complete this course, you will receive your certificate that can be submitted to any driver’s license office for free.
Submit Documentation and Pay The Fee
After completing your basic rider’s course, visit DMV offices to get a copy of your course completion. Pay a $48 licensing fee and submit a “completed” course certificate, along with the learner’s permit application form, which you need to get from the DMV office or online at the official website of the department. You will then receive an interim license that is valid for 90 days from issuance, during which time you must go through the motorcycle skills test with the examiner who issues your license. If you pass this test, you will be issued an official Class E license!
Tips on Passing The Knowledge Test
For those who do not want to take a rider’s course or have already taken one elsewhere, it is also possible to make a written request for a knowledge exam by submitting a Florida Rider Education Certificate (FRED) form. The examiner will give you the motorcycle knowledge exam on a touch-screen computer that is available at all driver license offices throughout Florida.
This written test has 20 questions (25 for those who took their riding class outside of Florida) and your final score depends on how many of them you answer correctly. You need to answer at least 80% or 16 out of 20 questions correctly to pass it. If not, you can retake the exam as often as you would like so long as there is more than one day before the expiration of your permit. Please note: If your course instructor gives you a certificate with “not eligible” stamped on it, bring the document back into the DMV office and let an examiner know about it; she may be able to waive the exam requirement.
A motorcycle license is not difficult to get in Florida: To begin, you must take and pass the knowledge test and be at least 16 years old. After that, complete a basic rider course – either Motorcycle or Motorcycle/Automobile Combo – and submit your course completion certificate to any driver’s license office. Finally, practice riding for a least six months then schedule your motorcycle skills test with the examiner who issues your license. And you are all set to explore Florida!