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To operate a motorcycle in New Jersey, you must have a motorcycle license or endorsement on your driver's license. Licenses are issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). You must be at least 17 years old to apply. A motorcycle license or endorsement allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle permit, you must apply, pass the state's 6-point ID requirements, pass the vision screening and the motorcycle knowledge exam, and pay the fees. You must hold the permit for a set period of time, which varies depending on your age and the type of license, before you can take the road test to receive your motorcycle license or endorsement. Additionally, minors must complete a Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course before moving to the next step. To receive a motorcycle license, you must fulfill the permit requirements, apply, submit the documentation, and pass the motorcycle road test. To receive a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license, you can complete the motorcycle permit requirements and pass the motorcycle road test, or you can complete a basic rider course. You will also have to pay the fees.
Tests are scheduled through the MVC. The motorcycle knowledge exam contains 25 questions about safe riding practices and road rules. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle road test assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle safely. If you fail a test, you must wait two weeks to retest.