How to Get a Florida Motorcycle License

by Zutobi · Updated Mar 31, 2022

With warm weather all year round, Florida is a great place to ride a motorcycle. Whether you’re heading to the beach for a relaxing weekend afternoon, to the gym for a quick workout, or to the grocery store to grab a few items, a motorcycle is a quick, fuel-efficient way to travel.

But first, you need to get your Florida motorcycle license or endorsement. To ensure your safety and the safety of other roadway users, you must go through a set licensing process. In this guide, we will go through everything you need to know whether you’re a teenager or an adult.

Types of FL Motorcycle Licenses and Endorsements

To legally ride a two- or three-wheeled motorcycle with an engine size of more than 50cc, you must possess one of the following:

  • Motorcycle endorsement: If you already have a driver’s license or you plan to get a vehicle and motorcycle license simultaneously, you’ll get a motorcycle endorsement. The endorsement appears under the expiration date on your operator’s license.
  • Motorcycle-only license: If you don’t have a driver’s license and you don’t plan to obtain one, you can get a license that only allows you to ride a motorcycle.

Applying for a Motorcycle License in Florida

Both minors and adults must complete a similar set of requirements to get their motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle-only license in Florida.

1. Decide if You Want a Motorcycle Endorsement or Motorcycle-Only License

Before you can start the motorcycle licensing process, you need to either:

  • Hold a driver’s license: A Florida driver’s license jumpstarts your progress towards a motorcycle license – if you have a valid license and you’re looking to get a motorcycle endorsement, you can immediately go on to the next step.
  • Or, hold a learner’s license for at least a year: Apply for a vehicle learner license, pass the knowledge test, and hold your learner’s license for a year. You can start the process to get a motorcycle-only license as soon as you turn 16.

2. Take a Basic Rider Course

Next, complete the motorcycle safety course with the Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP). It’s called the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and it’s required for all new motorcyclists. You may complete either the original or updated version.

The course involves 15 hours of training. Designed for new riders, the course focuses on entry-level skills such as basic control and safety precautions. Additionally, the course conveniently provides insurance, as well as a motorcycle, helmet, student handbook – so you can learn to ride without the expense.

The FRTP offers separate courses for motorcyclists to learn to operate a three-wheeled motorcycle or a motorcycle with a sidecar. Though these courses certify you for a motorcycle license/endorsement, you’ll be restricted to operating only a three-wheeled motorcycle and/or a motorcycle with a sidecar.

Finally, note that the FRTP provides a number of courses that help enhance your training, but will not be accepted for endorsement at the licensing office.

The Basic Rider Course is offered by different third-party riding schools. Find an authorized safety course location and sponsor near you, sign up, and pay the fee to begin training.

3. Head to a Licensing Office

Once you’ve completed the Basic Rider Course, it’s time for a trip to the nearest licensing office. Bring required documents, including your course completion card and PASS waiver.

You must obtain your endorsement or license within a year of passing the Basic Rider Course. Otherwise, your completion card and waiver will be considered invalid, and you’ll be required to complete the application process over again.

4. Bring Required Documentation

At the licensing office, you may need to present the following items:

  • Proof of identity (such as your FL learner’s/driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, or social security card).
  • Proof of residency (such as a home utility bill or cable bill).
  • Proof of name change, if applicable.
  • Parental consent form, if applicable.
  • Proof of Basic Rider Course completion (your course completion card and PASS waiver).

That’s It!

That’s everything you need to know about getting a motorcycle license in Florida! You’re not required to renew your motorcycle license/endorsement – it’s valid for life.

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