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Do You Need a Motorcycle License in Florida? Facts & FAQ

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Florida is a beautiful state with some of the best weather around, so it’s no wonder you’d want to go out for a motorcycle ride. Like many other states, Florida requires motorcyclists to obtain a special license to drive any motorcycle with an over 50-cubic-centimeter (cc) engine.

In Florida, you’ll need a valid driver’s license and a motorcycle endorsement or a “Motorcycle Only” license. The latter of these does not entitle the owner to drive cars or other motor vehicles.

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How to Get a Motorcycle License in Florida

Getting a motorcycle endorsement in Florida doesn’t vary much from getting the equivalent license in another state. You’ll need to hold a valid Florida driver’s license and then get a motorcycle endorsement or go through a few more hoops if you have no license at all. For minors, the process is a bit different.

Let’s cover everything you need to get a motorcycle endorsement in Florida.

Requirements to Get a Florida Motorcycle Endorsement:

  • Have a current and unexpired Class E Florida driver’s license
  • Complete a Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) class with a qualified sponsor
  • After you pass the RiderCourse, you’ll need to obtain your motorcycle endorsement within 1 year
  • Current proof of residence & ID
  • $10 motorcycle registration fee
  • $25 ID card fee
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Requirements to Get a Motorcycle-Only License in Florida

To get a motorcycle-only license, the process is a bit different, but it helps accommodate minors who wish to drive motorcycles as well. Let’s check out the requirements.

Requirements for Florida’s Motorcycle Only License:
  • Be at least 16 years old with a year of driving experience with zero traffic convictions
  • Pass the same written road knowledge test needed to get a Class E driver’s license
  • Pass the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) with a qualified sponsor
  • $48 fee to receive your license

After you’ve satisfied those requirements, you can get a Motorcycle Only license, which allows you to only drive motorcycles. To drive cars, you’ll have to get a standard Class E driver’s license.

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Do I Need Motorcycle Insurance to Get a Florida Motorcycle License?

No, you don’t have to provide proof of insurance for your motorcycle when obtaining a motorcycle endorsement or Motorcycle Only license. You will, however, have to pay a $10 registration fee when you apply for your endorsement/license.

To drive your motorcycle in Florida, you will need to obtain motorcyclist coverage. Without it, you risk both yourself and your motorcycle, as well as everyone else driving on the roadway with you.

If you try to drive without proper coverage, your license can be suspended or revoked along with your motorcycle’s license plate. Be sure to obtain proper coverage before you hit the pavement.

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Motorcycles are an amazing way to travel across the beautiful Sunshine State, but you’ll have to satisfy the state’s requirements before you’re allowed to drive. Don’t forget to get the proper insurance coverage required too, or you could get in trouble with law enforcement.

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