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To operate a motorcycle in Florida, you must have a motorcycle license or motorcycle (M) endorsement on your license. Licensing is handled through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). A motorcycle license or an M endorsement on your driver's license allows you to drive motorcycles, motorbikes, mopeds, and scooters on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle only license, you must have the required documentation and meet the requirements. Minors must be at least 16, hold a learner's permit for 12 months, maintain a clean driving record, submit an application, pay the fees, pass the knowledge test, and complete a Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCU). Applicants who are over 18 must hold a learner's permit or pass the vision and written examinations. Additionally, you must complete a motorcycle safety course or provide an out-of-state motorcycle only license. To apply for an endorsement, you must pay the fees, hold a Class E driver's license or meet the qualifications to receive one, complete a BRC or BRCU, or provide your out-of-state license with a motorcycle endorsement (except Alabama).
The vision and written exams are scheduled through the DHSMV. The written exam contains 50 questions; 45 of the questions are on road rules and five cover road signs. This is the same test required for a standard driver's license. You must answer 40 of the questions correctly to pass. The road skills test assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle in normal traffic conditions. If you fail a test, you can retake it the next day.