Riding a motorcycle in Texas can be one of the most enjoyable ways to take in the great outdoors. Many people swear they will get a license but why bother when you’ve been riding and pick it up so easily? There are valid reasons to obtain a valid license.
Follow these steps to legally obtain a license in Texas.
In order to operate a motorcycle in Texas it’s necessary to obtain a Class M driver license. Qualifying for a Class M license requires that you satisfy the requirements for obtaining a standard driver license in addition to specific Class M requirements.
You must take a Department of Public Safety motorcycle safety course to qualify for a Class M license. If you have a valid license from another state, you do not need to take a motorcycle safety course.
Anyone who does not have a valid out-of-state motorcycle license must pass a written motorcycle knowledge test. Everyone must take a riding test unless they satisfy one of the following exceptions:
1. They are 18 years old, have successfully completed a motorcycle safety course and have a valid Texas Class A, B, or C license.
2. They are 18 years old and have a valid, unrestricted out-of-state motorcycle license.
3. They are applying for a learner license (Class M license with a J restriction).
4. They are applying for a Class M license with a K restriction, meaning that they will only be permitted to drive a moped.
In addition to other requirements, anyone under the age of 18 must also have a Class C learner license or a full driver’s license and must complete a driver education course before taking the motorcycle safety course. These requirements are not waived for minors with an out-of-state motorcycle license. You can obtain a Motorcycle Operator’s Manual from the Texas Department of Public Safety, which can help you get your Class M license.
If you’re a responsible rider with a Class M license and have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call and speak with an experienced Houston motorcycle accident lawyer. You may have a right to financial compensation for your injuries.