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According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is less than six weeks away…which means motorcycle season is right around the corner! Before you take your motorcycle out of hibernation, make sure you have the proper insurance, registration, training and licensure. Train smart - ride smart with our helpful pre-season checklist.


The State of Indiana requires motorcyclists to carry liability insurance. It’s important to ask your insurance agent about obtaining coverage for you and your motorcycle including comprehensive, collision, medical payments, uninsured driver and more. Keep in mind that insurance companies base their rates on:

  • Coverage location
  • Age
  • Driving history
  • Size and type of motorcycle


Before taking your motorcycle out on the road, you are required to register and obtain plates for your new ride. To register your motorcycle, visit your local BMV branch with your title or certificate of ownership from your financial institution.

Did you know you can choose a specialty plate for your motorcycle?

Show support your favorite organization with one of the many license plate options.

View Available Specialty Plates


Although not required, Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) recommends you take an Entry Level Motorcycle Safety Course to obtain your motorcycle endorsement. Our three-day Entry Level Motorcycle Safety Course includes:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Practical riding experience in a controlled, off-street setting
  • Knowledge exam and riding-skill evaluation at conclusion of course

RSI providers offer both two-wheel and three-wheel entry level motorcycle safety courses as well as advanced motorcycle training courses for riders with more than 6,000 miles of experience.

Find a Provider Near You

Motorcycle Endorsement

Hoosier motorcyclists are legally required to have a motorcycle endorsement in order to operate a motorcycle. Indiana residents who hold a valid Indiana driver’s license may obtain a motorcycle endorsement by completing one of the following options:

  • Successfully complete an Entry Level Motorcycle Safety Course with an authorized RSI provider

- OR -

  • Successfully complete a written knowledge exam at a BMV branch AND pass a motorcycle skills exam at an authorized RSI training location

Find more information on all offered Safety Courses and obtaining your motorcycle endorsement.

Gearing up with the proper motorcycle licensure and registration requirements before the start of riding season this year can help make your motorcycle season safer. Train Smart. Ride Smart. Ride Safe Indiana.