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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
OFFICE OF MOTOR VEHICLES
Section:I Issuance of Driver's LicenseEffective: 05/01/1996
Number:21.00Revised: 07/30/2018

MOTOR CYCLE ENDORSEMENTS

POLICY:

To view Louisiana Statues: http://www.legis.state.la.us/

AUTHORITY
R.S 32:190-198
R.S. 32:402.3
R.S. 32:407, 408(C)
R.S. 32:422 (A)

DEFINITION
Motorcycles, motor driven cycles, and motorized bicycles shall not be given a separate class, as such, but their use shall be provided for by making an endorsement on one of the basic classes of driver's license Such an endorsement shall be made only after the applicant has taken and successfully passed tests specifically designed for the operation of such vehicles.

To comply with this law, the operator of any motorcycle, motor driven cycle or motorized bicycle/moped (a pedal bicycle which may)pelled by human power or helper motor or both), in excess of 5 horsepower, regardless of maximum speed, or size of motor, must have an "M" endorsement on one of the basic classes of operator's license to operate the vehicle on the streets, highways, or roadways in Louisiana. This endorsement is not required to operate motorcycles, motor driven cycles or motorized bicycles under 5 horsepower.

REQUIREMENTS
  • An applicant must possess a valid Louisiana driver license or learner permit.
    • Learner's Permit - If the applicant is fifteen (15) or sixteen (16) years of age, he is restricted to driving within a distance of three miles from his residence, unless a parent, tutor, or other person having custody is temporarily staying or residing at another location, where the applicant would be restricted to within three miles of that location.
  • An applicant must successfully complete the motorcycle road rules test and skills test with a score of 80% to be eligible for the issuance of a motorcycle endorsement .
  • In addition, the following procedures must be adhered to:
    • An applicant is required to furnish the motorcycle used in the skills test.
    • The motorcycle must have a current license plate, current insurance and current inspection sticker.
    • A motorcycle helmet is required for the skills test.

SKILLS TEST
An operator's skill test or written test shall not be required for an applicant who has successfully completed the Department of Public Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operators Training Program on or after October 28, 2011. Any certificate with a course completion date prior to October 28, 2011 will exempt the applicant from the skills test requirement ONLY. A course schedule may be found at http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html
    • An applicant may voluntarily participate in the program if he meets the qualifications of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to apply for a motorcycle operator's endorsement.
    • An applicant must provide the original certificate of completion to the Office of Motor Vehicles.
An operator's skills test shall not be required for an applicant who has successfully completed a course provided by Taboo Harley-Davidson (Renegade Harley-Davidson) (Alexandria, LA) if the course completion date is on or after March 1, 2014, Hammond Harley-Davidson (Hammond, LA) if the course completion date was on or after August 14, 2015, New Orleans Harley-Davidson (New Orleans, LA) if the course completion date was on or after February 15. 2016, Cajun Harley-Davidson (Lafayette, LA) if the course completion date is on or after June 26, 2016, and 720 Motorsports, LLC (NOLA Riding Academy) (Cut Off, LA) if the course completion date is on or after June 1, 2018. provided:
  • Certificates of successful completion from the above mentioned course provider must be provided at the time of application to the Office of Motor Vehicles. The certificate must be presented in a sealed (untampered) envelope. The envelope must clearly indicate the name and address of the issuing entity.
  • The original course completion certificate will be returned to the applicant upon verification.


RELATED POLICIES:
Section I 1.00 Classes of Licenses and Age Requirements
Section I 13.00 Restrictions and Endorsements
Section IV 105.01 Required Proof of Liability Insurance


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