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To operate a motorcycle in Massachusetts, you must have a motorcycle license. Licenses are issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). You can apply for a motorcycle learner's permit at the age of 16. At age 16 ½, you can apply for a Class M motorcycle license. A motorcycle permit or license allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads.
To receive a motorcycle learner's permit, you must apply, submit your required documentation, pass the vision screening and the Class M knowledge test, and pay the fees. Once you have earned your motorcycle learner's permit, you can apply for a Class M license. Applicants over the age of 18 have the option to complete the Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP) or pass the Class M road test. Minors must successfully pass the MREP program and fulfill all junior operator requirements to receive a motorcycle license.
The Class M knowledge test is taken at your local RMV. The test contains 25 questions on road rules, the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and other safety issues. You must answer 18 of the questions correctly to pass. The Class M road test is taken at the RMV and assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle safely. If you fail the road test twice, you must successfully complete an RMV approved basic riding course before you can schedule another exam.