Idaho Motorcycle License

Ready to take your new motorcycle for a spin? There are a few things you need to complete before seeking your motorcycle driving license or endorsement in Idaho. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

New Idaho Motorcycle License

To apply for an Idaho motorcycle license, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Obtain an Idaho driver's license
  • Complete a state-approved motorcycle rider training course if you are under the age of 21
  • Pass the tests
  • Pay the fees

What you need to bring:

  • Proof of residency:
    • Rental agreement
    • Utility bills
    • School enrollment records
    • Mortgage documents
  • Proof of identity:
    • Current out-of-state driver's license
    • Original naturalization/citizenship document
    • Certified original birth certificate or certified abstract
    • Valid Immigration and Naturalization card from the Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Military photo identification card
    • U.S. passport or passport card
    • Valid foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa
    • Idaho concealed weapons permit not expired for one year or more
    • Veteran's Universal Access Card with photo
    • Native American ID card with photo
  • Proof of lawful presence:
    • Certified birth certificate
    • Certification of birth abroad
    • Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship
    • Permanent Resident card or Resident Alien card
    • Employment Authorization card
    • Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. visa and I-94 (Arrival/Departure record)

You will also need your Social Security card, and if applicable, you will also need a physical certification to certify any mental or physical conditions that may affect your driving. Remember, you can fill out the Motorcycle Endorsement form before you leave the house to save some time. To fill this out easily, have the following information on-hand:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's license number
  • Driver's information


  • Written test: This exam is 30 multiple-choice questions. For more information on what's on the exam, be sure to pick up a copy, or download the Idaho Motorcycle Operators Manual.
  • Skills test: This is a test of your road skills while riding a motorcycle and can only be administered at third party locations. For locations in Eastern and South Central Idaho, click here. For locations in Northern and Western Idaho, click here.

When you arrive at the test facility, make sure to bring:

  • Receipt from the driver's licensing office signed and saying that you completed a written exam
  • A motorcycle
  • Proof of current registration and insurance for the bike
  • A $10 fee

Learner's Permit

You must acquire an Idaho motorcycle license permit before you will be eligible to apply for an unrestricted Idaho motorcycle license. This permit has restrictions, and is valid for 180 days, so you can be instructed. The restrictions include:

  • No riding between dusk and dawn
  • No riding on the highway
  • No riding with passengers


  • Motorcycle Endorsement - $15
  • Motorcycle Permit - $15
  • Skills test - $10
  • Written test - $3