Getting a Motorcycle License in PA

I am always on the lookout for articles that deal with motorcycling safety and recently found an article in the local paper dealing primarily with how to get your motorcycle license in PA and/or NJ.titled ” Venturing on 2 Wheels, Safely”, written by Scott Sturgis.

Scott wrote that in 2013 PA motorcycling has grown from 315k registered motorcycles, to 405k. The numbers for Jersey were not available.

Age Requirements for a Motorcycle License

In both states if you are under 18 and want to apply for a permit you must take a basic rider safety course. If older than 18 you can simply apply for a permit. Once you feel you are ready for a license in NJ, you must take a road test to prove your competence and then you will receive your license.

How to Get a Motorcycle License in PA

motorcycle license paIn PA, if you take the basic motorcycle course, the actual test is given at the same facility as the course. That is how I received my motorcycle license many years ago. I took the PA course, which is free, by the way; all you have to do is sign up for the course on line. Then on the date your course begins, show up with boots, gloves, a full face helmet, long pants and either a long sleeve shirt or jacket. At least, those where the rules when I took the course.

Pennsylvania is very lucky to have the free motorcycle instruction written into the law and, along with the instruction, the DMV also provides the bikes. I actually enjoyed the two-part course – you got to ride for 2 Saturday’s and took the test for your license at the end of the second day. Also, in PA if you complete the course, you also get a small break on your motorcycle insurance premiums!

How to Get a Motorcycle License in NJ

Unfortunately, in NJ depending where you live, the basic course costs between $300-$500. Only about 20-25% of NJ riders take the basic safety course, most likely due to the cost. The basic course is given at 2 locations – Mercer County Community College and Atlantic Cape Community College. Each one charges $315.

Although I know that sounds expensive, for everything they taught me, I think it was well worth the cost.

So there you have it, all you wanted to know and more on how to get your PA and NJ motorcycle license.

Next step… call me to discuss what type of insurance coverage I recommend, from a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer view point in order to best protect damage to yourself and help your motorcycle injury lawyer get the most for you in the event of a injury and of course protect your bike replacement cost.

I hope this answers this commonly asked question about how to get your motorcycle license in PA or NJ, and as always, I hope you find this information informative. If you would like additional information on this topic, or any other regarding motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania or NJ, I can always be reached at 1-888-CYCLE-LAW (1-888-292-5352), and will provide answers at no charge.

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