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Colorado State does not issue separate motorcycle licenses for riders applying for a motorcycle license. What they do, is to add a motorcycle endorsement on your current Colorado driver’s license. A motorcycle endorsement allows you to legally ride a two or three wheeled vehicle on Colorado public roads and streets. Low-power scooters are self-propelled vehicles. They don’t have a manual clutch. So they don’t fall under motorcycles regardless of the number of wheels. To operate them, you are required to apply for a Colorado driver’s license.
New to Colorado
If you are a new resident in Colorado, you will need to transfer your out-of-state motorcycle permit to a Colorado one. To do so, you will need to visit your local Colorado DMV office. Be sure to take with you:
- Your out-of-state permit.
- If under 18 years old, you will need to complete Form DR 2460 (Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship). This form must be signed by your parent or legal guardian.
- Provide identification documents and proof of SSN.
- Provide proof of obtaining Colorado residency.
- Pay $14 permit fee in cash. Credit cards will not be accepted.
NOTE: If you are younger than 18 years old and you have an out-of-state motorcycle permit, the DMV will allow you to apply for a motorcycle endorsement. But you must first pass all the required tests. If you fail to pass the test, you will be issued with a Colorado motorcycle permit and will have to go through Colorado graduated licensing process.
Transferring an Out-of-State License
To transfer your out-of-state driver’s license, you will need to follow the same procedure explained above. You will be required to pay the $21 driver’s license fee and the $2 motorcycle endorsement.
Obtaining a Colorado Motorcycle Permit
If you are under 18 years old, you must first apply for an instruction permit before you apply for a motorcycle endorsement. To obtain this permit, you will need to go to your local DMV office in Colorado. At DMV, you will be required to:
- Submit documents to prove your identity, date of birth and residency.
- Pass the written motorcycle test.
- Pay the $14 permit fee.
If you are younger than 18 years old, you must submit additional requirements:
- Complete Form DR 2460 (Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship). This form must be signed by your parent or legal guardian.
- If you are aged between 15 and 16 years of age, you must present certificate of completing a Motorcycle Operator Skills Training program.
- You are required to hold your Colorado learner’s permit for at least 1 year before proceeding to applying for a motorcycle endorsement.
Motorcycle Permit Driving Restrictions
If you are under 18 years old, you will be issued with a motorcycle permit with the following restrictions:
- You must be supervised by a licensed rider who is over 21 years old while driving a motorcycle.
- If the person supervising you is not your parent, guardian or instructor, they must obtain consent from your parent or guardian.
- If you are under 16 years old, to ride a motorcycle, you must be supervised by a MSF motorcycle instructor only.
Class M Motorcycle Endorsement
You must be at least 16 years old in order to apply for a motorcycle endorsement on a Colorado driver’s license. If you are younger than 18 years old, you must have held a motorcycle instruction permit for at least 1 year. When you are preparing for your motorcycle licensing tests, it is recommended that you master the Colorado Motorcycle Operator Handbook. You will be required to visit your local Colorado DMV office to apply for a motorcycle endorsement. At DMV, you will be required to:
- Pass the vision test and written test (if you don’t have an instruction permit). If you don’t have a Colorado driver’s license, you will be required to show proof of identity and pass the basic written test.
- Pass the on-cycle driving test. You can take the test at DMV location or using DMV approved third-party provider.
- Pay the $21 fee to obtain a new Colorado driver’s license and $2 for a motorcycle endorsement.
If you successfully present the certificate of completing a Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course, the DMV will exempt you from taking the driving exams. With a motorcycle endorsement license, you will be allowed to operate both a standard motorcycle and a three wheeled motorcycle.
Class 3 Motorcycle Endorsement
If you want to operate a 3-wheeled motorcycle (trikes), you will need to obtain a Class 3 endorsement. With a Class M endorsement, you can ride both a standard motorcycle and a trike. The process and fee for obtaining a Class 3 endorsement is the same as that of obtaining a Class M endorsement. There is only a slight difference. While the Motorcycle Safety Course is needed to waive the driving test when applying for a Class M license, the Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP) is needed when applying for a Class 3 endorsement.