Each state has its requirements for motorcyclists seeking to legally ride state and county highways. If you live in the state of Alabama and are wondering how to get your motorcycle license, you are in the right place. We have all the information you need to know about the process.
Motorcycle laws have recently changed in Alabama
The FRP legal team informs us that it is important for passengers in the state of Alabama to check for revisions to the laws to stay current. Some laws regarding motorcycle operation have changed. To legally circulate on public roads, there are several things you need to know.
Every rider must now have a Class M endorsement
Alabama was the last state that did not require a motorcycle endorsement in addition to the traditional license to operate a motor vehicle. This law has changed and now all drivers must have a regular driver’s license to legally operate a motorcycle. You must be at least 16 years old to be eligible for a Class M endorsement. Additionally, you must wear a motorcycle safety helmet when riding. Passengers are also legally required to wear a safety helmet. Helmets must conform to the specifications established by law to qualify. They must meet minimum safety standards for the shell, padding, crib, and chin strap.
How do you get a motorcycle endorsement in Alabama?
You must pass an exam to receive your Class M Driver’s License Endorsement. You must read the Alabama Motorcycle Handbook and become familiar with all of its content to pass. The manual informs you about the rules of the road along with specific information for motorcycle riders. Some of the information is already presented on your driving test for a regular license, but because riding a motorcycle is different from driving a car, you should familiarize yourself with the differences between driving cars or trucks and motorcycles. You will learn about the safe operation of your motorcycle, what the law currently requires regarding equipment and accessories, and how to inspect your motorcycle before taking it out on the road. The manual provides all the information necessary to complete the written part of the motorcycle approval test, but you must also know how to handle the motorcycle and operate it safely and responsibly. The manual is available online and in print at no charge. It is your responsibility to read and understand the entire content of the guide before taking your passing exam.
There are resources to help you prepare before the test.
If you are unsure about your knowledge base, there is a helpful resource provided free of charge to test your knowledge. Driving Tests Alabama offers an online test that covers some rules of the road and other useful information. You will have the opportunity to take a test that includes a series of questions. Each question offers four different options and you must choose the correct answer. Tips are also provided to help you jog your memory. There are 25 questions. If you skip a question, a full explanation of the correct answer is provided so you can study and improve your chances of passing the actual exam. The practice test is a tool to help you prepare for the test, but it is not the actual test. To pass the practice test, you must correctly answer 21 of the 25 questions.
How long is the Class M test?
According to the Alabama DMV, the test to get an Alabama motorcycle endorsement is a double test. The first part of the test is a knowledge test. You are provided with a set of 30 questions based on information provided in the Alabama DMV Motorcycle Operator’s Manual. You must answer 24 of the 30 questions correctly to get a minimum score of 80 percent to pass. The second part of the test requires you to take a cycling skills test. You will physically demonstrate your ability to operate the motorcycle in the presence of an AL DMV license examiner, who will ask you to perform a series of driving maneuvers. The examiner will evaluate your performance and give you an overall score for your knowledge of the motorcycle, how to ride the bike in traffic, along with other tasks similar to the driving test you take to obtain your initial driver’s license.
Although Alabama was lenient in its laws regarding motorcycle requirements, the last 2 years brought significant changes in the laws. You must now have a driver’s license …