To operate a motorcycle in West Virginia, you must have a motorcycle instruction permit, Class F motorcycle license, or an F endorsement on your driver's license. Licenses are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Minors must complete Level II of the graduated driver license (GDL) program before they are eligible to apply. A motorcycle permit, license, or endorsement allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle instruction permit, you must apply, submit the required documentation, pass the vision screening and the motorcycle knowledge exam, and pay the fees. To receive a Class F motorcycle license or endorsement, you must apply, submit the documentation, pay the fees, and pass the vision screening, the knowledge exam, and the motorcycle rider skills test. The rider skills test is waived for applicants who successfully complete the West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program.
Tests are scheduled through the DMV. 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 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.