How to get a Motorcycle License

June 20th, 2015 by


Searching for a Used Motorcycles near Chicagoland? Whether you’re a seasoned or first-time rider or a new resident in the state, you should always make sure your motorcycle license is valid and up to date. Here at Ultimo Motors we want everybody to be safe on the road – and also riding legally – so we’re on hand to make sure you know how to get your motorcycle license if you don’t have it already. Read on to find out more!

Illinois Motorcycle Licensing Rules

To legally ride a motorcycle in the state of Illinois, you may obtain either a Class M or a Class L Instruction Permit that’s valid for up to 12 months.

The Class L permit is for riders of scooters and motor-driven cycles of less than 150cc displacement. The Class M permit means that you can ride a motorcycle with any displacement over 150cc. With the Class M license you can pretty much ride anything with a motor.

In order to obtain either of these permits, you must be at least 18 years old. If you have an Illinois driver’s license, you can probably skip the written exam, but if you don’t, you’ll have to get a valid license. All riders will have to take a written motorcycle knowledge exam. Remember to bring your Illinois driver’s license, proof of residency, permit application, and applicable fee.

To get a permanent motorcycle license, you’re required to pass an Illinois Department of Transportation Motorcycle Safety Course. You can prepare by studying the Motorcycle Operator Manual and by taking practice tests, both available through the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles.

Finally, if you take a Motorcycle Rider Education Course, you may waive the written and driving test portion of the licensing process. If you take this class, you may also qualify for discounted insurance.

Once you obtain your license, it’s on to the fun part: picking out your bike! Visit us at Ultimo Motors to peruse our extensive Used Vehicles. We look forward to helping you find the bike that’s going put some miles of open road behind your new license!

Visit Ultimo Motors of Westmont

If you’ve gotten your license and are ready to ride home on your next used motorcycle, visit our Chicagoland area dealership at 4574 Weaver Pkwy in Warrenville, IL. Call us at 630-300-0610 or Contact Us with any questions, and stop by our showroom from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. We hope to see you soon!

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