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How To Get A Motorcycle License in the State of Illinois

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If you live in the state of Illinois and you have plans to ride a motorcycle, you need to obtain a motorcycle license from the state licensing agency. Each state has its own set of requirements for legally riding a motorcycle on public roads. Illinois has a few requirements that are not mandated in other states, so even if you are endorsed to ride elsewhere, a move to Illinois means you must comply with the established rules and regulations set forth. There are a lot of great resources available to help you prepare for the test to get your license. If it's your first time getting a motorcycle license here is everything you need to know.

Illinois has two motorcycle licenses

According to Drive Safely, There are two classifications of licenses for riding motorcycles in the state of Illinois. Class L license is designated as a requirement for anyone riding a motor-driven cycle of any kind that has an engine that is below a 150cc. The Class M license is designated for motorcycles with engines that are larger than 150cc. Any Motor-driven cycles with a 50cc or less engine displacement do not require a motorcycle license for legal riding. The law requires all motorcyclists who ride a bike with an engine that exceeds 50cc to have a license whether they're riding on the roads or off roads legally.

How do you prepare for a motorcycle license for Illinois?

If you're a novice rider or if you're unsure of your skill levels, it's best to take a motorcycle riding class. The Cycle Rider Safety Training Program for the State of Illinois offers classes for both beginners and experienced riders. The Basic Rider Course is a 20-hour program that provides instruction in a classroom setting to learn the fundamentals of riding. Students learn the basic skills necessary for safety on the road, including the importance of focus, developing mental strategies, managing unique situations, braking, stopping, turning, and everything that goes along with the safe operation of a motorcycle on public and dirt roads. The second component is hands-on experience receiving further instruction and applying the knowledge gained. You must bring your own approved motorcycle riding gear. There are several other Motorcycle Training programs available for riders in the state. It is your responsibility to make sure that the course you enroll in is accredited and recognized by the Illinois Department of Licensing.

How do you enroll in Motorcycle Training classes?

You must be at least 16 years old on or before the first day of classes to qualify for enrollment. You must also have a valid instruction permit or driver's license. If you are under the age of 18 you must be accompanied by a legal guardian on the first day of class. Your guardian must sign a participation waiver and grant consent for enrollment. You must also be physically able to balance and ride a bicycle. To learn more about this program visit the site here.

Apply for your motorcycle license

After you've completed your Motorcycle Training Course and passed, you are eligible to apply for a motorcycle license in the State of Illinois. Applicants who are at least 18 years old who already possess a driver's license for the State of Illinois are not required to take the written examination or the eye exam. If you have taken the IDOT motorcycle training course you are not required to take the road test. However, if you have taken some other type of motorcycle training course, you are required to take the road test. If you do not possess an Illinois license or if you are under the age of 18, you are required to take a written test, an eye exam, and a road test according to HUPY.

How to study for the Illinois motorcycle license test

It is highly recommended that you obtain a copy of the Illinois Motorcycle Operator's Manual. It is available online here. This publication is a comprehensive study guide that includes the rules of the road for legal motorcycle riding including everything that you need to know about Illinois laws as they pertain to the legal operation of a motor vehicle. Questions that are included on the written portion of the motorcycle license exams for both class L and Class M licenses are taken from the information that is included in this manual. Every rider needs to read this publication and become familiar with its contents. If you don't' have a firm knowledge of all the topics that are covered within this booklet, you are not likely to pass the written portion of the examination that allows you to proceed to the road test and licensure.

Final thoughts

Riding a motorcycle requires balance, focus, and solid working knowledge about motorcycles. Even skilled riders may encounter dangerous situations when riding. It's important to know what to do when the unexpected happens. There is a lot to know about the rules of the road as they pertain to motorcycles. It's your responsibility to become familiar with the established laws and any special regulations that apply to motorcycle operation. The laws are subject to change at any time, so it's important to check on any new regulations that may apply in advance. The best way to get your motorcycle license in Illinois is to enroll in an approved Motorcycle Training Course. After successful completion of the 20-hour training program, you will be eligible to apply for your motorcycle license. It's wise to study the Motorcycle Operator's Manual and become familiar with its contents before you take the written exam. Remember that in the state of Illinois, a valid motorcycle license is required for the legal operation of any motor-driven cycle over 50cc, both on the road and in off-road situations.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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