Motorcycle drivers need license endorsement
As motorcyclists get their bikes and protective gear ready for the upcoming riding season, they also need to make sure they are ready to ride legally.
“Having a regular Class D license allows you to drive a car or light truck. However, you also need a motorcycle endorsement on your Class D license to legally operate a motorcycle in Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Adrian Logan of the North Central Region/Wausau Post.
A violation for operating a motorcycle without the proper endorsement costs $200.50 along with three demerit points.
To obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license, you must demonstrate competency in operating a motorcycle.
This can be done in two ways:
•Passing a Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) administered motorcycle driving skills test. For the WisDOT driving skills test, the applicant must provide a motorcycle in good working order and wear eye protection and an approved helmet. Skills tests are conducted by appointment (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/sch-road-test/schedule.aspx) at DMV service centers (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/find-dmv/default.aspx) located throughout the state.
•Obtaining a waiver for the skills test by successfully completing a WisDOT approved Basic Motorcycle RiderCourse, 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse, or the Basic RiderCourse2 (for experienced riders). More information about the safety courses is available on the WisDOT website at: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/motorcycles/mc-safety/default.aspx.
“Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience. But it also takes more physical skill and mental concentration than driving a typical car or light truck,” Logan said. “To protect themselves and others on the road this riding season, we urge motorcyclists to get a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license if they don’t already have one.”