Motorcycle Rider Education & Endorsements
When do I need a motorcycle endorsement?
If you wish to operate any two or three wheel motorcycle, whose engine is more than 50 cc, you are required to have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license or a motorcycle-only license.
What are the requirements to obtain a motorcycle endorsement?
1. Hold at least a regular Class E operator’s driver license.
2. Complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) motorcycle safety course
3. Go to a driver license office or tax collector office that issues driver licenses and inform them that you completed the course. Upon providing proper ID and paying the required endorsement fees your license will be issued with a motorcycle endorsement.
4. The costs include the $7.00 endorsement fee, plus a license fee (see fees for original, renewals, duplicates, and replacement license), and $6.25 if applying at a county tax collector office.
What are the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse update (BRCu) enrollment requirements?
You must be at least 16 and hold a Learner’s Driver License to enroll in the Basic RiderCourse. Having a basic knowledge of traffic laws, road signs and general “road rules” is an important pre-curser to the rider course.
What if I want to get endorsed for a three-wheel motorcycle or sidecar motorcycle?
- Hold at least a regular Class E operator’s driver license.
- Complete the 3WBRC or S/TEP motorcycle safety course.
- Go to a driver license office or tax collector office that issues driver licenses and inform them of the course you completed. Upon providing proper ID and paying the required endorsement fees, your license will be issued with the “S” Restriction.
- The costs include the $7.00 endorsement fee, plus a license fee (see fees for original, renewals, duplicates, and replacement license), and $6.25 if applying at a county tax collector office.
NOTE: The endorsement for Three Wheeled Motorcycle Only is the “S” Restriction.
What is the 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC) and enrollment requirements?
The 3WBRC or 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course is for a three wheel, two track vehicle only, and is for endorsement (“S” Restriction will be reflected on the license). Some course Sponsors may be able to provide a 3-wheel training motorcycle for you to complete the course on. You will need to contact the Sponsor to find out their availability on providing a training motorcycle to you for the duration of the course.
- You must be at least 16 and hold a Learner’s Driver License to enroll in the 3WBRC. Having a basic knowledge of traffic laws, road signs and general “road rules” is an important pre-curser to the rider course.
- Check with the 3WBRC Sponsor about their availability to provide you a 3-wheel training motorcycle. If a Sponsor is unable to provide one, you will need to bring your own 3-wheel motorcycle, or bring written permission to use another privately owned 3-wheel motorcycle.
- Provide proof of liability insurance on the 3-wheel motorcycle being used for the course.
- Provide your own helmet and protective riding gear.
Click here to see providers that offer the 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course.
What is the Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP) and enrollment requirements?
The S/TEP or Sidecar/Trike Education Program is a course that can be taken by the unendorsed rider for endorsement, but would limit the rider to only operating a motorcycle with more than two wheels or atached sidecar (“S” endorsement/restriction will be reflected on the license).
1. You must hold at least a Learner’s Driver License to enroll in the S/TEP Course. Having a basic knowledge of traffic laws, road signs and general “road rules” is an important pre-curser to the rider course.
2. Bring your own motorcycle, or bring written permission to use another privately owned sidecar or trike.
3. Provide your own helmet and protective riding gear.
4. Provide proof of liability insurance on the sidecar or trike used for the course.
Completion of a basic or experienced rider safety course may entitle a motorcyclist to insurance premium discounts.
Click here to see providers that offer the Sidecar/Trike Education Program course.
Do I have to take the Sidecar/Trike Training Course (S/TEP) to ride a Trike or a three wheeled motor vehicle?
NOTE: No. If you have a “Motorcycle Also” endorsement on your license you may also ride a three wheeled motor vehicle.
Refer to: * What are the requirements to obtain a motorcycle endorsement above
Does my motorcycle endorsement expire?
No, once endorsed the motorcycle endorsement is good for life.
After successfully passing the BRC or BRCu you may go to your local driver license or tax collector office and obtain your endorsement up to one (1) year of successful course completion.
If the endorsement has not be obtained during the one (1) year grace period the course completion card as well as the “PASS” waiver status is considered invalid and a Rider Skills Test will need to be completed with a FRTP Regional Coordinator before you may obtain the endorsement.
What does getting a Motorcycle Only License require?
1. Be at least 16 years old and hold a Learner’s License for one year with no traffic convictions or, if over the age of 18, hold a Learner’s License.
2. Pass the same knowledge test as for a regular Class E operator’s driver license.
3. You must complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) motorcycle safety course.
4. After you complete the course, go to a driver license office or tax collector office that issues licenses and inform them that you completed the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) and are requesting a “Motorcycle Only” license. Upon providing proper ID and paying the required endorsement and license fees, your “Motorcycle Only” license will be issued.
Your license will be restricted to operating Motorcycles Only.
NOTE: Tax collector offices charge an additional $6.25 fee for driver license transactions.
When are motorcycle endorsements reciprocated?
The motorcycle requirements are reciprocated if the customer presents a driver license that includes a motorcycle endorsement from any one of the following:
Any State (except Alabama, unless the customer presents a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course completion card that is not more than one year old, or it is considered invalid)
United States Territories, Possessions (including Panama Canal Zone if issues prior to January 1, 2000)
United States Military
Will Florida accept rider course completion cards from out-of-state rider courses or the military and waive testing in Florida to add motorcycle endorsements to existing or first time Florida licenses?
Yes, if any of the following motorcycle course completion cards are presented and are not more than one (1) year old.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) Basic RiderCourse™ (BRC), Basic RiderCourse updated™ (BRCu), 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse™ (3WBRC)
Evergreen Safety Council’s Sidecar/Trike Education Program TM (S/TEP)
I am stationed outside of Florida, how can I add a motorcycle endorsement to my Florida license?
1. Complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse™ (BRC), Basic RiderCourse updated™ (BRCu), 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse™ (3WBRC) or the Evergreen Safety Council (ESC) Sidecar/Trike Education Program™ (S/TEP) course conducted by any branch of the military service.
2. Send a notarized copy of the front and back of your completion card with $32 ($25 replacement license fee and $7 endorsement fee) and request a duplicate driver license with a motorcycle endorsement or 3 Wheel motorcycle only restriction (if you completed the 3WBRC or S/TEP) and make the check or money order payable to “DMS” or Division of Motorist Services.
3. Include your name, military mailing address, driver license number and date of birth in your letter.
4. Send the letter to: Bureau of Records/Processing and Issuance, PO Box 5775, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5775
What are the requirements for obtaining a Temporary Instruction Permit for Motorcycle Operation?
As of July 1, 2008 there will be no temporary permits issued for motorcycle operation by the State of Florida.
Permits that were issued prior to July 1, 2008 will be valid for the allotted 90 day period however they will not be renewable.
What is the new law, effective November 1, 2009, regarding Valid in FL Only Licenses?
THE 2009 FLORIDA STATUTES
Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles
Chapter 322, Florida Statutes – Drivers’ Licenses
section 322.03, Florida Statutes – Drivers must be licensed; penalties.—
(1) Except as otherwise authorized in this chapter, a person may not drive any motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless such person has a valid driver’s license issued under this chapter.
(a) A person who drives a commercial motor vehicle may not receive a driver’s license unless and until he or she surrenders to the department all driver’s licenses in his or her possession issued to him or her by any other jurisdiction or makes an affidavit that he or she does not possess a driver’s license. Any such person who fails to surrender such licenses or who makes a false affidavit concerning such licenses commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in section 775.082 or section 775.083, Florida Statutes.
(b) All surrendered licenses may be returned by the department to the issuing jurisdiction together with information that the licensee is now licensed in a new jurisdiction or may be destroyed by the department, which shall notify the issuing jurisdiction of such destruction. A person may not have more than one valid driver’s license at any time.
(c) Part-time residents of this state issued a license that is valid within this state only under paragraph (b) as that paragraph existed before November 1, 2009, may continue to hold such license until the next issuance of a Florida driver’s license or identification card. Licenses that are identified as “Valid in Florida Only” may not be issued or renewed effective November 1, 2009. This paragraph expires June 30, 2017.
Is insurance required for motorcycles in Florida?
Under certain circumstances Yes. Insurance is not required to register motorcycles as with four-wheel motor vehicles. However, if a motorcycle operator is charged in a crash with injuries, then the owner or owner/operator is financially responsible for bodily injuries and property damage to others. If no liability coverage was in effect, then bodily injury/property damage liability insurance must be purchased and kept for three years to avoid license and tag/registration suspension or to reinstate license and tag/registration after suspension.
What about motorcycle passenger insurance?
If you plan to carry passengers it is a good idea to ask your insurance carrier about the need for carrying passenger insurance coverage.
Is there a minimum age requirement for motorcycle passengers?
Florida law does not address a minimum age for passengers. However, other laws may apply such as endangering a minor.
Are you required to wear eye protection to operate a motorcycle? How about as a passenger?
All persons who operate motorcycles must wear eye protection. Passengers should also for safety reasons, but are not required by law to do so.
Is there a motorized vehicle you can operate on a public roadway in Florida without a driver license?
Yes, if you are at least 16 years old, you may ride a bicycle that is propelled by a combination of human power (pedals) and an electric helper-motor that cannot go faster than 20 mph on level ground. These are exempt from the driver license law definition of motor vehicle and thus do not require a driver license.
What are Electric Helper-Motor Bicycles?
If you are at least 16 years old, you may ride a bicycle that is propelled by a combination of human power (pedals) and an electric helper-motor that cannot go faster than 20 mph on level ground without a driver license.
What are Motorized Scooters?
Motorized scooters are small two or three wheel vehicles that a person may stand upon or sit upon to operate or ride. Some have electric motors and some have gas engines. The steering is managed by use of a T-shaped handlebar.
Motorized scooters cannot be legally operated on public roadways nor may they be legally operated on sidewalks or bicycle paths.
Please check your city and county ordinances for restrictions and contact your attorney for advice to determine where you may legally operate motorized scooters.
What are Scooters and Mopeds?
Scooters are usually two-wheel motorcycle-type motor vehicles 50 cc or less or 2 brake horsepower or less gas engines that have automatic transmissions. Mopeds also have 50 cc or less engines with two wheels, but have pedals and may be operated solely by human power.
In order to legally operate scooters, mopeds, and other 2-3 wheel small engine motor vehicles, at least a Class E driver license and tag/registration are required.
Persons 16 and older may operate a moped or ride as a passenger without a helmet. Persons under 16 may not operate a moped, but may ride as a passenger with protective headgear securely fastened upon their head.
What are my responsibilities regarding owning/operating a moped?
Moped operators have the same rights and duties as motor vehicle operators and can also receive citations for traffic violations; therefore, they should know and obey the moped laws. Please view the motorcycle operator’s manual for information regarding the laws for operation of a moped on Florida highways.
What is the Basic Bike Bonding Rider Course® (BBBRC)?
The Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse® (BBBRC) is a five to six hour course that is designed for the new rider to enhance their skills on the training bike. This is to gain confidence in the new skills they have learned. To locate Sponsors who provide this course please click here.
What is the Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse® (UBBRC) ?
The Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse® (UBBRC) is a partial day course that consists of police-style precision riding, targeting low speed and tight turns. To locate Sponsors who provide this course please click here.
What is the Basic RiderCourse 2® (BRC2)?
Basic RiderCourse® (BRC2) is a one-day course that is available for experienced riders who already have a motorcycle endorsement but want to refresh and enhance their riding skills. This course covers more riding strategies to handle traffic hazards and works on developing cornering, braking, and swerving skills. BRC2 participants provide their own motorcycle, proof of insurance, and protective riding equipment. The MSF has recently improved this course and it is called the Basic RiderCourse 2 updated® (BRC2u). Some Sponsors in Florida are now providing the BRC2u. To locate Sponsors who provide this course please click here.
What is the Basic RiderCourse 2 updated® (BRC2u) ?
Basic RiderCourse 2 updated® (BRC2u) is the newest version of the BRC2 and is still a one-day course that is available for experienced riders who have a motorcycle endorsement but want to refresh and enhance their riding skills. BRC2u participants provide their own motorcycle, proof of insurance, and protective riding equipment. To locate Sponsors who provide this course please click here.
What is the Advanced Rider Course® (ARC)?
The Advanced RiderCourse® (ARC) is a one day advanced course for skill building or enhancement. It is designed to challenge one’s ability to recognize risky behavior and to choose a different course of action. The course is about making good decisions and risk off-set, along with developing a new skill set to increase one’s safety margin. To locate Sponsors who provide this course please click here.
What is the Returning Rider Basic RiderCourse® (RRBRC) ?
The Returning Rider Basic RiderCourse® (RRBRC) is for riders who have ridden previously, but have not been actively riding for some time and would like to refresh their riding skills and gain more knowledge of risk, including how to manage risk while riding. This course is not intended for a rider who is learning to ride for the first time. To locate Sponsors who provide this course please click here.