Trainingwheels Training Wheels

Permits

Everything you need to know about
obtaining your MA Motorcycle Permit & License

Q: Seeing as I will get my motorcycle license after completing the Basic Rider Course (BRC), can I skip the step of going to the RMV to get a motorcycle learners permit?

The answer is unfortunately, no. It sounds crazy but the current law in Massachusetts requires you to get a motorcycle permit before you are issued a motorcycle license. The good news is that you will not have to take a road-test at the RMV and you will receive your motorcycle license by graduating from the course. While it is a little odd (and inconvenient) to have to get a motorcycle permit right before earning your motorcycle license, we are grateful to the RMV for recognizing the benefits of taking a formal training class to learn how to ride a motorcycle properly.

So how does it work?

Your status is one of the three scenarios below. Below are the specific instructions based on which scenario applies to you.

Scenario 1    I do not have a MA Motorcycle Permit yet

Scenario 2    I have a MA Motorcycle Permit that was issued after March 26, 2018

Scenario 3    I have a MA Motorcycle Permit that was issued before March 26, 2018



Scenario 1    I do not have a MA Motorcycle Permit yet.

As of March 26, 2018, when you change anything on your MA license (which includes getting a motorcycle permit) you are required to do two things:

How to create your RMV Online Profile:

You will need to create your RMV Online Profile and Prove Lawful Presence BEFORE you go to the RMV to get your motorcycle license.

It’s wicked easy to create your Online Profile go to https://atlas-myrmv.massdot.state.ma.us/myrmv/_/ and click ACCESS MY PROFILE and following the prompts.

Your Online Profile will let you know if you owe any fees or taxes and you will need to pay them to the RMV before they give you a motorcycle license. If you have an outstanding issues with the RMV (i.e. tickets, taxes, child support, etc.) the system will inform you right away so you will know what you need to do to be in good standing with the RMV. Most outstanding issues can be paid on the RMV website. There is no need to let us know your status.

Once you have completed your RMV profile you will need to PROVE LAWFUL PRESENCE. This is done by going back to the same page and scroll to the bottom and find the link that says PROVE LAWFUL PRESENCE. Follow the prompts on the questionnaire.

Next you will need to go to the RMV and get your Motorcycle Permit.

Go to any MA RMV and ask to take the Motorcycle Permit Test. You do NOT need an appointment and the fee is $30. Most people pass the test the first time. However, if you would like to study, you should read the MA Motorcycle Drivers Manual and MA Drivers Manual. You can download the manuals from the links below.

   
MA Drivers Manual

Although a majority of the questions on the MA Motorcycle Permit test come from the Motorcycle Drivers Manual, there will also be questions from Section 21 (JOL) and Sections 55-56 (Alcohol) of the MA Drivers Manual. We suggest you study the entire Motorcycle Manual as well as Sections 21, 55, 56 of the Drivers Manual.

While you are at the RMV, you should also "pre-pay" for the Motorcycle Endorsement (fee is $15).

The Motorcycle Endorsement is the letter "M" that will be placed on your license to show you are a licensed motorcyclist. By pre-paying before you take the Motorcycle Safety Course, the RMV will be able to mail you the new motorcycle license within 15 days of completing the course.

Bring your permit to your scheduled class and we will update your Online RMV Profile to reflect that you successfully complete the course and the RMV will mail you a new MA Driver’s License with the “M” Motorcycle endorsement within 15 days of completing the course.



Scenario 2    I have a MA Motorcycle Permit issued after March 26, 2018.

You have already created your Online Profile and most likely paid any fees or taxes owed. However, you should check your RMV Online Profile to make sure that you do not owe any additional taxes or fees. Your Online Profile will let you know if you owe any fees or taxes and you will need to pay them to the RMV before they give you a motorcycle license. If you have an outstanding issues with the RMV (i.e. tickets, taxes, child support, etc.) the system will inform you right away so you will know what you need to do to be in good standing with the RMV. Most outstanding issues can be paid on the RMV website. There is no need to let us know your status.

Bring your permit to your scheduled class and we will update your Online RMV Profile to reflect that you successfully complete the course and the RMV will mail you a new MA Driver’s License with the “M” Motorcycle endorsement within 15 days of completing the course.



Scenario 3    I have a MA Motorcycle Permit issued before March 26, 2018.

The good news is that you most likely will not have to go back to the RMV. However, the RMV changed their policies after you were issued a motorcycle permit. Therefore, you will need to create your Online Profile and Prove Lawful Presence.

It is wicked easy to create your Online Profile go to https://atlas-myrmv.massdot.state.ma.us/myrmv/_/ and click ACCESS MY PROFILE and following the prompts.

Your Online Profile will let you know if you owe any fees or taxes and you will need to pay them to the RMV before they give you a motorcycle license. If you have an outstanding issues with the RMV (i.e. tickets, taxes, child support, etc.) the system will inform you right away so you will know what you need to do to be in good standing with the RMV. Most outstanding issues can be paid on the RMV website. There is no need to let us know your status.

Once you have completed your RMV profile you will need to PROVE LAWFUL PRESENCE. This is done by going back to the same page and scroll to the bottom and find the link that says PROVE LAWFUL PRESENCE. Follow the prompts on the questionnaire.

Bring your permit to your scheduled class and we will update your Online RMV Profile to reflect that you successfully complete the course and the RMV will mail you a new MA Driver’s License with the "M" Motorcycle endorsement within 15 days of completing the course.



How do I get my motorcycle license if I pass the course?

If you successfully complete the BRC or BRC2 Rider Course, have a valid Massachusetts motorcycle permit at the time, and your permit does not expire for at least 15 business days following the course completion date, you'll qualify for licensing through the course with no further testing at the registry! You will NOT have to go to the RMV and take a Road Test if you pass the course.

Do I need a permit to take the class?

You are allowed to take the class with or without your permit. However, if you do have your permit prior to taking (and passing) the class, you can be exempt from having to take the registry's road test to receive your motorcycle license. That also saves you $20 in RMV fees.

Do I need a permit in order to register for the class?

No. You can register online for a class without having a motorcycle permit. However, as stated in the above question you are advised to obtain a permit before you ARRIVE to your scheduled class.

Should I be nervous about taking the RMV's written motorcycle permit test?

Not at all. The RMV wants to insure that you know basic rules of the road. They count on us to teach you motorcycle safety. Most of the questions on the exam are taken from the RMV Motorcycle Manual.

Motorcycle Manual

If I have a Rhode Island or New Hampshire drivers license, can I take the Training Wheels BRC in Massachusetts to get my motorcycle license?

If you have a Rhode Island or New Hampshire drivers license you can take the Training Wheels Basic Rider Course (BRC) in Massachusetts and receive your RI or NH motorcycle license. RI & NH are "reciprocal" states and they honor the Training Wheels BRC if taken at any of our six locations in Massachusetts. After you successfully complete the BRC you will be provided with a confirmation certificate that you can bring to your DMV and receive your Rhode Island or New Hampshire motorcycle license.

Rhode Island and New Hampshire Seals

Go to top