Motorcycle License in New Hampshire

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Motorcycles are very popular in New Hampshire. Many residents enjoy riding their motorcycles on New Hampshire highways during summer, fall and spring. You can also experience the same feelings. All you need to do is to purchase a motorcycle and obtain a license for it.


To be eligible for a New Hampshire motorcycle license or endorsement, you must already have a valid regular driver’s license. If you are younger than 18 years old, you must also prove that you have successfully completed the New Hampshire driver education course.

Learner’s Permit

You can also opt for a learner’s permit if you plan to practice riding before taking the tests for a motorcycle license or endorsement. An instruction permit comes with the following restrictions:

  • No riding at night.
  • No carrying of passengers while riding.
  • You must be accompanied by a licensed rider over 21 years old.
  • A learner’s permit is valid for 45 days and costs around $30.


The state encourages riders to take the Motorcycle Rider Training Program. This course is designed to train riders of motorcycle riding and safety concerns. There are three classes that you can choose if you want to enroll:

  • $155 for Basic Rider Course.
  • $60 for Intermediate Rider Course.
  • $65 for Experienced Rider Course.

If you enroll in a Basic Rider Course or Intermediate Rider Courses, you will be provided with a motorcycle to train on. All you need to do is to take with you some protective gears and equipments. If you plan to take the Experienced Rider Course, you must use your own motorcycle while training. Training is a great way to equip riders with road skills, safety skills and traffic rules and learn how to maneuver during critical situations. If you are under 18 years old, you must obtain consent from your parent or legal guardian. All you need to do is to ask them to sign Form DSMV624 (Motorcycle Safety Course Waiver and Indemnification).


To apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement, you will need to complete Form DSMV450 (Application for Driver’s License). This form is available online, or you can pick it from your nearest DMV office. You will be required to pay $30 application fee. You will also need to pass the motorcycle road test. The DMV will also require you to provide proof of your name, date of birth, place or residence and SSN. So plan to take with you:

  • Photo ID.
  • Passport, if you have one.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Residency letter.


You will need to master the motorcycle manual before you present yourself to various tests. Remember not every DMV location in New Hampshire administer road tests. You will need to research which locations offer the road test and schedule an appointment to do the test. If you have successfully completed the New Hampshire Motorcycle Rider Training Program course, the road test will be waived. You will not be required to take the test.