Do I have to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle? Moped?
Anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class M motorcycle license or
motorcycle instruction permit.
Moped drivers do not have the same licensing
requirements. They must have a Class D regular, probationary, or special license
restricted to moped use.
A person must hold a Wisconsin motorcycle
instruction permit or surrender a valid motorcycle license from another state
before they may obtain a Class M license.
To obtain a
motorcycle instruction permit, the applicant must pass the motorcycle knowledge
test, a sign test and a vision screening.
If under age 18, the following are
· Be at least 16 years old
· Have a sponsor
· Provide proof of Driver Ed completion
· Provide proof of
enrollment or completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course
restrictions apply during the period the instruction permit is held:
· Must wear eye protection
· Must wear an approved helmet
· Permit holders may ride alone during the day.
cycling after dark, the permit holder must be accompanied by a person at least
25 years old with two years licensed driving experience and a Class M motorcycle
The applicant must demonstrate competency in
motorcycle operation by passing a Wisconsin Department of Transportation
(WisDOT) administered motorcycle driving skills test or providing a waiver
showing completion of WisDOT approved Basic Motorcycle Rider Course.
WisDOT driving skills test, the applicant must provide a cycle in good working
order and wear eye protection and an approved helmet.
Skills tests are
conducted by appointment at DMV service centers located throughout the state.
Successful completion of either the Basic Rider
Course, or the Advanced Rider Course can also be used to reduce your driving
record demerit points for motorcycle violations by up to 3 points, which you
have been convicted of during the prior 12 months. A person is limited to only
one point reduction every five years.
Courses are provided throughout
Wisconsin and through the riding season by training sponsors in various
Motorcycle Skills Test Waiver Program
completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course, the motorcycle riding instructor
issues each student a signed waiver authorization form. This form is usable only
one time and only by the person to whom it is issued. When other licensing
requirements have been met and the waiver form is presented at the DMV service
center, a Class M endorsement will be added to the person's driver license.