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Motorcycle License

There are 3 classes of motorcycle license depending on the engine size and and configuration (2 wheel vs 3 wheel).

At 14, you can apply for a scooter license (M2 permit) and or an instruction permit.

At 16, you can apply for your motorcycle license (M1 or M3), but you must have had an instruction permit for at least 6 months.

If you are under 18, your parents must give permission before you can get any permit or license.

Classes of Motorcycle License
Class Examples Age Required Description

Motorcycles and motor scooters with an engine displacement of less than 50cc can be operated with a basic driver license.

M1 any motorcycle 16 and older May operate any motorcycle with an engine displacement of 50cc or more
M2 motor scooter
motorized bicycle
14 or older May operate a motor-driven cycle with an engine with less than 50cc displacement
M3 3-wheeled motorcycle 16 and older May operate a 3-wheeled motorcycle only

How do I get my License?

You must go your local DMV office to apply for a driver license. You will submit form 478, which can be filled out and printed in advance. If you are under 18, you must also submit a parental consent form (form 433),

Please note:

  • Under Alaska law, you must be examined by the DMV to get a motorcycle license. This means the DMV can not change classes for military stationed out of state.
  • Also, the DMV has developed additional services to assist Alaska's rural residents with licensing issues unique to remote communities. Please read the guide to rural driving.

What do I bring to the DMV?

You must bring 4 or 5 documents that prove your name and birth date, your current residence and your social security number.

What tests do I take?

An applicant for an M1, M2, or M3 license may have the written and road testing requirements waived by completing a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and presenting the completion certificate to DMV. The certificate is valid to waive the test for the current or previous calendar year.

Instruction Permit

You can apply for a permit with parental consent at 14.

If you are under 18 years old, you must have an instruction permit for 6 months before you can apply for your license.

To obtain your permit you must pass the following tests permit is valid for two years from the date of issue. A permit may be renewed one time only.

  • Written knowledge test (or present a valid Alaska learner's permit or driver license)
  • Written motorcycle knowledge test
  • $15
  • Vision test

M1 Motorcycle License

To apply for a motorcycle license you must be at least 16 years old and, if under the age of 18, must have held an instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have parental consent to obtain your license. Licenses are valid for five years and expire on your birthday.

To test for your M1 you must pass:

  • A written motorcycle knowledge test (or present a valid motorcycle instruction permit)
  • Vision test
  • A motorcycle road test with an engine greater than 50 cc displacement

M2 Motor-Driven Cycle Permit

When you are 14 or 15 years old and have parental consent you can apply for your permit.
You will be required to pass the following tests prior to being issued your M2 permit:

  • A written knowledge test (or present a valid Alaska instruction permit)
  • A written motorcycle knowledge test (or present a valid motorcycle instruction permit)
  • Vision test
  • A motorcycle road test on a motor-driven cycle with 50 cc or less displacement

M3 3-Wheeled Motorcycle License

To apply for a motorcycle license you must be at least 16 years old and, if under the age of 18, must have held an instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have parental consent to obtain your license. Licenses are valid for five years and expire on your birthday.

To test for your M3 you must pass:

  • A written motorcycle knowledge test (or present a valid motorcycle instruction permit)
  • Vision test
  • A motorcycle road test with an engine greater than 50 cc displacement

Who has to wear a helmet?

  • Anyone under 18 operating a motorcycle
  • All motorcycle passengers
  • Anyone with a motorcycle instruction permit
  • Anyone taking a motorcycle road test