To operate a motorcycle in Indiana, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your license. Licenses are issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). You can apply for a motorcycle endorsement at age 16½ if you hold a valid Indiana driver's license. You may also apply for a motorcycle learner's permit while working toward your endorsement. A motorcycle permit or license allows you to legally operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle learner's permit, you must apply, submit the required documentation, pass the vision screening and motorcycle knowledge exam, and pay the fees. To receive a motorcycle endorsement on your license, you must apply, submit your documentation, and pass the vision screening, if it is required. If you currently hold a learner's permit, you must pass the motorcycle skills exam to receive your endorsement. Alternatively, if you successfully complete an approved Ride Safe Indiana motorcycle safety training course, you can receive an endorsement without taking the motorcycle skills exam.
The motorcycle knowledge test is taken at your local BMV. The test contains 25 questions on motorcycle safety and driving skills. You must answer 22 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle skills exam is taken at an approved exam site and assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle safely. If you fail a test, you must wait one day to retake it.