How Do I Get a Motorcycle License in MD?

Have you been dreaming of cruising through Bowie, Maryland on a new Harley-Davidson, but are held back by a lack of a motorcycle license? If you’re unsure of how to get started on this essential first step, Old Glory Harley-Davidson is here to help! There are two ways you can get a MD motorcycle license: 1. Through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), or 2. Take a motorcycle safety course. We’ll provide details for each option, below!

Navigating the MVA for a MD Motorcycle License

Pasadena and Glen Burnie residents who choose to go through the Maryland MVA to obtain their motorcycle license will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have a current driver’s license
  • All new riders and riders under the age of 18 must have completed a driver’s education course with 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel training
  • Individuals under the age of 18 must complete a motorcycle safety course
  • Take a vision test
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Pass a road skills test
  • Pay associated motorcycle licensing fees

When you arrive at the MVA, you must have your current Maryland driver’s license with you. If you are under 18, you must also bring proof of your motorcycle safety course completion. While at the MVA, you will take a vision test followed by a written knowledge test. Upon passing both tests, you will receive your Maryland motorcycle permit. With your permit, you can practice your riding skills in Bowie while accompanied by another rider who is at least 21 years of age and who has had their Class M motorcycle license in MD for at least 3 years.

  • With a Type I permit, you must hold it for 9 months and document 60 hours of supervised riding before you can take the road skills test.
  • With a Type II permit, you must hold it for 14 days before you can take the road skills test.

When you have met the above requirements with your motorcycle permit, you can head back to the MVA to take your road skills test. If you pass the test, you’ll receive a provisional Class M license. You must hold the provisional license for 18 months with a clean record in order for it to become a full license.

Motorcycle Courses

For riders over the age of 18, the most convenient way to get a motorcycle license in MD is to enroll in an MVA-approved motorcycle safety course. If you are 18 or older, passing the course allows you to waive the knowledge test and road skills test with the MVA. Here at Old Glory Harley-Davidson, we host MVA-approved Harley-Davidson Academy new rider courses on a regular basis! For your convenience, you can check the schedule and sign up fully online.

No matter where you take your motorcycle safety course, you will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the course. Here’s what you need to bring with you to the MVA to get your MD motorcycle license:

  • Valid Maryland driver’s license
  • Safety course completion certificate
  • Proof of: Age, Identity, Lawful status, Social Security Number, Maryland residency
  • Payment for motorcycle licensing fees

Typically, you’ll receive your license within 7 days.

Learn More With Old Glory Harley-Davidson!

Have questions about the rider courses offered at Old Glory Harley-Davidson? Want to start reviewing motorcycle insurance options? We welcome you to contact us anytime! From learning to ride, to licensing, and helping you find your dream bike, the team at Old Glory Harley-Davidson is always here to support you.

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Phone: 301-575-0575

11800 Laurel Bowie Road Laurel, MD


Phone: 301-575-0575

11800 Laurel Bowie Road Laurel, MD


Phone: 301-575-0575

11800 Laurel Bowie Road Laurel, MD
39.051878 -76.837473
Old Glory Harley-Davidson 39.051878, -76.837473.