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North Carolina: A Motorcyclist’s Dream

When the Honda motorcycle salesman offered you a deal you couldn’t refuse on that candy red Gold Wing in his showroom, you just couldn’t pass it up. Now you’re ready to join state residents and visitors and experience the thrill of the scenic ride anywhere from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the shores of the Atlantic. Before you jump on that Gold Wing, however, you must meet North Carolina’s requirements and get a license to operate it.

The Motorcyclists’ Handbook, available from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), clearly states that the law in North Carolina requires the operator of any motorcycle to have a motorcycle endorsement shown on their driver’s license. How do you get the endorsement to ride your bike?

  • You can get an endorsement when you are issued a driver’s license, or any time after, by taking a knowledge test that includes questions on motorcycling and an off-street motorcycle skills test.
  • If you aren’t ready to take the skills part of the test, you can apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit if you already have a full provisional, regular or commercial license.
  • You must also pass the knowledge, road sign identification and vision tests.

With an emphasis on safety, North Carolina law also requires you, as a licensed operator, and all of your passengers to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycling is growing in popularity and can be a great way to get out and see the sites. However, the potential for accidents is greater as more bikers share the road with other, larger vehicles.

If you’ve been in an accident with that Gold Wing, call a North Carolina personal injury attorney. The lawyer will give you sound legal advice to protect your interests with insurance companies and the courts.