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To operate a motorcycle in Arizona, you must have a Class M license or an endorsement on your driver's license. Licenses are issued by the Department of Transportation (ADOT). The state offers a motorcycle instruction permit, Class M motorcycle license, a Class G graduated driver license (GDL) with an endorsement, and a Class D license with an endorsement. These licenses allow drivers to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped. Minors must hold the motorcycle instruction permit for at least six months before applying for a license. At age 15 ½, you can apply for an instruction permit, and at age 16, you can apply for a Class M license or a Class G license with an endorsement. You can receive a Class D license with an endorsement at 18 or older.
To receive a motorcycle instruction permit, license, or endorsement, you must submit your documentation, pass the vision screening and written test, complete an application, and pay the fees. Minors applying for a license or endorsement also need to submit proof that they completed the required coursework and driving hours. Class M, G, and D licenses with an endorsement all require a motorcycle skills test.
Tests are scheduled through the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). The written exam contains 30 questions about how to prepare to ride, vehicle control, and motorcycle safety. You must answer 24 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle skills test is a 10-15 minute test demonstrating your ability to operate your motorcycle. You can attempt to pass the test three times before you must pay another application fee.