To operate a motorcycle in Wisconsin, you must have a Class M motorcycle license or a motorcycle instruction permit. Licenses are issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT). You must be at least 16 to apply for a permit. A motorcycle permit or license allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle instruction permit, you must apply, submit your required documentation, pay the fees, and pass the vision screening, the motorcycle knowledge exam, and the road signs test. Minors are also required to have a sponsor, complete a driver's education course, and show proof of either enrollment in or completion of a motorcycle basic rider course (BRC). To receive a Class M license, you must apply, submit the required documentation, hold a valid motorcycle instruction permit, pass the motorcycle skills test, and pay the fees. The motorcycle skills test can be waived if you successfully complete a BRC.
Tests are scheduled through the DOT. The motorcycle knowledge test contains 25 questions about road rules and safe riding practices. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The road signs test examines your ability to recognize various road and traffic signs. The motorcycle rider skills test assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle safely. If you fail a test, you must wait one day to retake it.