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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

myBMV > Motorcycles and Motor Driven Cycles > Motorcycle Endorsements > Motorcycle Learner's Permit > Motorcycle Skills Testing Motorcycle Skills Testing

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) strives to meet the needs and expectations of those seeking to complete their skills examination and gain their motorcycle endorsement. Applicants must provide the motorcycle used for the motorcycle skills test and must wear a motorcycle helmet during the operational skills test.

Motorcycle skills tests will not be performed in hazardous weather. However, examiners have experience conducting training in less-than perfect weather. If an applicant has ridden to the testing site in the rain and will be forced to ride home in the rain, he or she will not be denied the opportunity to take the skills test as long as the environment is safe.

The motorcycle skills test consists of several elements which measure an applicant’s basic control of the motorcycle and response to hazardous situations. The motorcycle skills test consists of the following actions:

  • Starting
  • Overall control
  • Cornering
  • Changing traffic lanes
  • Turning
  • Braking
  • Stopping at designated points
  • Offset cone weave
  • Right U-turn
  • Quick stop
  • Obstacle swerve (to simulate changing lanes)

“Points” will be assessed if the applicant fails to properly execute any of the maneuvers listed above. If you fail the motorcycle skills test, you must wait until the next day before taking the test again. If you fail three motorcycle skills tests while holding a motorcycle learner’s permit, you must wait two months from the date of the last failed skills test before taking the motorcycle skills test again.

Visit the Ride Safe Indiana website at for more information regarding motorcycle skills testing and to find a location near you.

Once you pass the motorcycle skills test, you will need to visit a BMV branch with your signed and stamped motorcycle permit to receive your motorcycle endorsement.

Still Have Questions? Contact The BMV