Can You Ride a Motorcycle With a Permit?

by William Mattar | July 6th, 2021

Person learning to ride a motorcycleGetting a motorcycle learner permit is the first step toward getting your official motorcycle license. Like a standard driver’s license, a motorcycle learner permit is required in New York before taking a road test. If you are planning to apply for a permit, you may be wondering how it all works and whether or not you will be able to get on the road with only a permit.

Getting a New York Motorcycle Permit

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), to get a motorcycle learner permit, you will need to satisfy specific requirements, including:

  1. Completing a permit application; and
  2. Passing a written test.

Applicants have the option to complete both of these steps online or at a local DMV office. To apply, you will need documents to prove age, identity, and residence. The permit test takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes to complete and can be taken immediately after applying for a permit. If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to supervise the test. After passing a written exam and complying with other requirements, the DMV may issue a motorcycle permit.

Riding with a New York Motorcycle Permit 

There are a few rules and guidelines to keep in mind when riding with a motorcycle permit in New York. The DMV recommends practicing for at least 30 hours, with at least 10 hours in “medium to high traffic.” This practice can be with or without formal instruction. Formal instruction may include a beginner’s rider course or training at a commercial driving school.

One major thing to keep in mind is that while riding with a learner permit, you must be under the supervision of a rider who is 21 or older and has a valid motorcycle license. According to the DMV, this individual can have their license from any state (not just New York). In addition, the licensed rider who is supervising you must be always within one-quarter mile of you while you are on your bike.

Motorcycle Learner Permit Restrictions

Once you have your motorcycle learner permit, there are some specific restrictions regarding where you can ride on New York roadways. According to the DMV, you are not permitted to ride on:

  • Any street within a park in New York City;
  • Any bridge or tunnel under the Tri-borough Bridge and Tunnel Authority;
  • The Cross County, Hutchinson River, Saw Mill River, or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County; or
  • In a DMV road test area.

Riders under the age of 18 are also required to wait at least six months from the date of receiving their permit to schedule their motorcycle road test. If you are over the age of 18, this restriction does not apply.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you have been injured riding a motorcycle and are looking for an attorney, contact William Mattar law offices. There are often short time deadlines in an accident case, so you may need to act fast to make sure you don’t lose out on your claim. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you through every step of the process. Call us at (844) 444-4444 or complete our online consultation form to schedule a free initial consultation today.