Chapter 8. Motorcycle License Endorsement or Learner's
Development and issuance; standards
Sec. 1. The bureau shall determine reasonable standards for,
develop, and issue the following:
(1) A motorcycle learner's permit.
(2) A motorcycle license endorsement.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.12. Amended by P.L.109-2011, SEC.7.
(Repealed by P.L.109-2011, SEC.40.)
Motorcycle learner's permit
Sec. 3. (a) The bureau shall issue a motorcycle learner's permit to
an individual who meets the following conditions:
(1) The individual holds a valid operator's, chauffeur's, public
passenger chauffeur's, or commercial driver's license issued
under this article.
(2) The individual passes a written examination developed by
the bureau concerning the safe operation of a motorcycle.
(b) A motorcycle learner's permit authorizes the permit's holder to
operate a motorcycle upon a highway during a period of one (1) year
under the following conditions:
(1) The holder wears a helmet that meets the standards
established by the United States Department of Transportation
under 49 CFR 571.218 as in effect January 1, 1979.
(2) The motorcycle is operated only during daylight hours.
(3) The motorcycle does not carry passengers other than the
(c) A motorcycle learner's permit may be renewed one (1) time for
a period of one (1) year. An individual who does not obtain a
motorcycle operator endorsement before the expiration of the
renewed learner's permit must wait one (1) year to reapply for a new
motorcycle learner's permit.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.12. Amended by P.L.125-2012,
Motorcycle operator's license by endorsement
Sec. 4. (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), the
bureau shall validate an operator's, a chauffeur's, a public passenger
chauffeur's, or a commercial driver's license for motorcycle operation
upon a highway by endorsement to a person who:
(1) satisfactorily completes the written and approved
operational skills tests;
(2) satisfactorily completes a motorcycle operator safety
education course approved by the bureau as set forth in
IC 9-27-7; or
(3) holds a current motorcycle operator endorsement or
motorcycle operator's license from any other jurisdiction and
successfully completes the written test.
The bureau may waive the testing requirements for an individual who
has completed a course described in subdivision (2).
(b) The bureau may not issue a motorcycle endorsement to an
individual less than sixteen (16) years and one hundred eighty (180)
days of age.
(c) If an applicant for a motorcycle license endorsement is less
than eighteen (18) years of age, the bureau may not issue a license
endorsement described in subsection (a) if the applicant is ineligible
under IC 9-24-2-1.
(d) The bureau shall develop and implement both a written test
and an operational skills test to determine whether an applicant for
a motorcycle endorsement demonstrates the necessary knowledge
and skills to operate a motorcycle upon a highway. The written test
must be made available at license branch locations approved by the
bureau. The operational skills test must be given at locations
designated by the bureau. The bureau shall adopt rules under
IC 4-22-2 to establish standards for persons administering
operational skills tests and the provisions of the operational skills
test. An individual applying for a motorcycle endorsement must pass
the written exam before taking the operational skills test. If an
applicant fails to satisfactorily complete either the written or
operational tests, the applicant may reapply for and must be offered
the examination upon the same terms and conditions as applicants
may reapply for and be offered examinations for an operator's
license. The bureau shall publish and make available at all locations
where an individual may apply for an operator's license information
concerning a motorcycle endorsement.
(e) An individual may apply for a motorcycle endorsement not
later than the expiration date of the permit. However, an individual
who holds a learner's permit and does not pass the operating skills
examination after a third attempt is not eligible to take the
examination until two (2) months after the date of the last failed
(f) A person who held a valid Indiana motorcycle operator's
license on December 31, 2011, may be issued a motorcycle operator's
endorsement after December 31, 2011, on a valid Indiana operator's,
chauffeur's, public passenger chauffeur's, or commercial driver's
(1) making the appropriate application for endorsement;
(2) passing the appropriate examinations; and
(3) paying the appropriate fee set forth in IC 9-29-9-7 or
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.12. Amended by P.L.45-2006, SEC.1;
P.L.156-2006, SEC.9; P.L.109-2011, SEC.8; P.L.125-2012,
SEC.202; P.L.85-2013, SEC.34.
Sec. 5. A person who violates this chapter commits a Class C
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.12.
Operating under the influence of alcohol; revocation
Sec. 6. In addition to any other penalty, the bureau:
(1) shall revoke the motorcycle learner's permit of a person who
is convicted of operating a motorcycle under the influence of
(2) may not issue a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle
endorsement to a person referred to in subdivision (1) for at
least (1) year after the date of the person's conviction.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.12. Amended by P.L.85-2013, SEC.35.