How to Get a Motorcycle License in Florida

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Florida is home to numerous scenic routes that motorcyclists can enjoy year-round, thanks to the state’s warm climate. It is also home to many biking events and a large rider community. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 668,046 motorcycles registered in Florida in 2023, the second-highest state in the nation, behind only California.

If you want to join the hundreds of thousands of riders in Florida, you must learn the basics of safe riding and obtain a valid motorcycle license. Read on to learn the requirements and importance of continuous rider education to enjoy South Florida’s roads responsibly.

Florida Motorcycle License Requirements

Motorcycle licenses in Florida are regulated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). A Motorcycle Only license or a motorcycle endorsement on a driver’s license allows you to operate any two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle with an engine displacement over 50 cc.

Motorcycle Endorsement

If you already have a standard Florida driver’s license, you can get a motorcycle endorsement added to it to legally be able to ride a motorcycle. Below are the criteria for acquiring this endorsement:

  • Have a valid and current Florida Class E driver’s license
  • Complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse Updated (BRCu) with a state-recognized riding school or training provider
  • After passing the BRC or BRCu, visit your local driver’s license office, show a valid form of identification, and pay the endorsement fees to receive your endorsement.

You must obtain your endorsement from the state-approved training provider within one year of passing your BRC or BRCu. If you wait longer than one year, your course completion results will expire, requiring you to complete the BRC again.

Motorcycle Only License

A Motorcycle Only license only allows you to operate motorcycles in Florida; you may not use this license to operate any other motor vehicle, such as cars, light trucks, or commercial vehicles. To obtain one, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • If you are currently under 18, hold a valid Learner’s License with no traffic convictions
  • Pass the Class E driver’s license knowledge test
  • Complete the BRC or BRCu with a state-approved training provider
  • Visit your local driver’s license office, show a valid ID, and pay the endorsement fees to receive your license.

Why Get a Motorcycle License?

Getting a motorcycle license in Florida is crucial if you intend to ride on public roads, both for your safety and that of others. Licensure confirms that you possess the necessary skills and knowledge to ride safely, reducing the risk of accidents. It’s also legally mandated for all riders, ensuring you abide by state laws.

A valid motorcycle license can protect your rights if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash. It serves as proof of your responsibility and commitment to safe riding practices, helping ensure you’re treated fairly by insurance companies and the legal system after a crash if you need to pursue compensation for injuries.

Ongoing Education and Training for Motorcyclists

Whether you are a new rider taking your first training course or a seasoned motorcycle veteran, ongoing training and education can help you stay safe on the road. Additional courses can help you stay up to date on advancements in motorcycle technologies and Florida laws and keep your skills sharp.

Here are a few course options to consider:

  • Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse (BBBRC): Focuses on developing a deeper connection between rider and machine, enhancing control and confidence.
  • Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse (UBBRC): Takes the bonding experience to the next level, introducing more complex exercises for seasoned riders.
  • Basic RiderCourse (BRC2): Offers essential skills and strategies for new riders to operate motorcycles safely.
  • Basic RiderCourse 2 updated (BRC2u): Builds on the BRC2 by incorporating updated techniques and practices for improved riding proficiency.
  • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC): Designed for experienced riders, this course emphasizes advanced riding techniques and strategies.
  • Returning Rider Basic RiderCourse (RRBRC): Tailored for individuals returning to riding after a break, focusing on refreshing skills and knowledge.

Stand Up for Your Rights with Aigen Injury Law

Motorcycle riders often face unfair prejudice in personal injury claims despite having proper licensing and extensive safety training. Our Miami motorcycle injury lawyers at Aigen Injury Law help injured riders stand up for their rights against negligent drivers who cause accidents.

With years of experience in personal injury law and Florida motorcycle claims, we can help you gather evidence to prove the other driver was at fault and that you deserve maximum compensation. Contact us today for a confidential, free consultation.