To operate a motorcycle in Idaho, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license. The state does not issue separate licenses specifically for motorcycles. Licensing services are handled through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can also apply for a temporary motorcycle instruction permit. To apply, you must have a valid Idaho driver's license. This permit allows you to legally operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or a moped on public roads, and it is valid for 180 days. After obtaining a permit, you can receive your motorcycle endorsement once you have met the requirements.
To receive a motorcycle permit, you must first apply, submit your documentation, pass the motorcycle knowledge test, and pay the fees. To receive your motorcycle endorsement, you must apply and pass the motorcycle skills test. If you complete this process while your instruction permit is valid, the endorsement fee will be waived. Additionally, anyone under the age of 21 must successfully complete an approved motorcycle rider training course.
The knowledge test can be scheduled with your local County Driver License office. The test consists of 25 questions drawn from the material and concepts found in the Idaho Motorcycle Operator's Manual. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle skills test assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle in various traffic conditions. It is conducted by an approved third-party tester. If you fail, you can retake the test after three days.