To operate a motorcycle in Missouri, you must have a Class M license or a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license. Licenses are issued by the Department of Revenue (DOR). At age 15 ½, you can apply for a motorcycle learner's permit. At age 16, you can apply for a motorcycle endorsement or Class M license. A motorcycle permit, endorsement, or license allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads. Minors must follow the graduated driver license (GDL) requirements.
To receive a motorcycle learner's permit, you must apply, submit your documentation, pass the vision screening and the motorcycle knowledge exam, and pay the fees. To receive a Class M license or motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license, you must apply, submit your documentation, pass the motorcycle skills test, and pay the fees. Applicants under the age of 18 must also complete a motorcycle driver safety course. The knowledge and driving tests will be waived for drivers over the age of 18 who complete the course.
The tests are taken at your local Missouri license office. The motorcycle knowledge exam contains 25 questions on motorcycle safety and driving skills. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle skills test covers basic vehicle control and crash-avoidance skills. It also tests your ability to handle a variety of traffic conditions. If you fail a test, you must wait one day to retake it.