How to Get A Motorcycle License in Missouri and Kansas

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Requirements for a Motorcycle License in Missouri and Kansas


If you are looking to get your motorcycle license and are over 18 in Missouri, there are a couple of routes you can take. If you want some practical riding experience, you can apply for a permit. Y

you will need to be a resident of Missouri, a citizen or legal inhabitant of the US, then pass a vision and knowledge test. 

Requirements for Missouri

  • Resident of Missouri
  • Legal resident of the United States
  • Vision Test
  • Written Test
  • Driving/Skills Test

 If you want to bypass the driving skills test, you can take a motorcycle riding training course and bring proof to the DMV. There are a variety of locations where you can take the Missouri state-approved motorcycle education course, most of which are “Basic Rider Courses” like this one in Warrensburg. Then you must pass a written knowledge test for Class F and Class M, a vision test, and a road sign test. After you pass all of these, you will be issued your motorcycle license or class M endorsement. 

Requirements for Kansas

  • Resident of Kansas
  • Legal resident of the United States
  • Vision Test
  • Written Test
  • Driving/Skills Test

In Kansas, if you are 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license, you can obtain a motorcycle license/endorsement if you have proof of identity and residency and pass a knowledge test. Either pass an on-cycle driving skills test or a state-approved Motorcycle Driver’s education course. These education courses are usually through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses like this one at the Kansas City Kansas Community College. If you complete one of these, you will most likely be exempt from taking the on-cycle driving test. Another exemption from taking the written and driving tests is if you have a military ID. 

The process in Kansas is very similar to the process in Missouri. 

Official Missouri DMV Links:

Here is the link to the Motorcycle Operating Manual for Missouri. Here you can find important information on how to safely operate a motorcycle. It can be handy when studying for any written exam you have to take to get your license: 

Another helpful link: This link will send you to the guide that tells you how to earn your motorcycle license in Missouri. Even though both of these links are very helpful, you still will need to go into the DMV to obtain your motorcycle license. 

Official Kansas DMV Links:

Here is the link to the Motorcycle License Handbook for Kansas: This is a good study guide for any written exam you might have to take to obtain your license. It also has information on how to earn your license. 

Here is another good website that gives you lots of information on how to obtain your motorcycle license in Kansas: Just like with Missouri, you will need to go in person to the DMV to receive your motorcycle license.


Aimee Gromowsky

Aimee Gromowsky is formerly an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County and currently a private practice lawyer. Ms. Gromowsky handles thousands of cases in Kansas City, Missouri area courts and was honored with a “Best in Bar” award in 2007 and 2008 from the Kansas City Business Journal. As a Kansas City traffic lawyer, Aimee is determined to represent you in your case by providing exceptional legal counsel and service.