M Classification

Riding a motorcycle with the proper classification is important.  In fact, more than 20 percent of all motorcyclists do not ride with the proper classification.  Class M encourages riders to make sure they are riding legally. An “M” classification on a license qualifies a motorist to drive any motorcycle or motor-driven cycle. We encourage any rider who is not holding the proper motorcycle endorsement class (L or M) to take one of our free rider training classes. Many of our courses offer a license waiver for the written and riding test upon successful completion of the course. For more information on courses please contact your closest regional center.

Why is it important to be properly licensed?

Many people ride motorcycles without the proper classification. In fact, more than 20 percent of motorcyclists do not have the proper classification. This means they have never tested for or proved to be capable of operating a motorcycle safely.
Do you have your license or know someone without the proper license classification? It is more than just illegal, it is dangerous.

Earn Your "M" Classification

If you are 18 years and older*
Step 1: Complete an optional Motorcycle Safety Course
Step 2: Successfully earn your completion card
Step 3: Present your completion card at an Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s Services Facility; no testing required*

If you are 16 to 17 years old
Step 1: Complete a Motorcycle Safety Course 
Step 2: Successfully earn your completion card
Step 3: Present completion card at an Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s Services Facility, and take the written and driving exam

 

*If you are 18 or older, participating in a FREE Motorcycle Safety Course is recommended. If you choose not to, you may obtain your license at an SOS Driver’s Services Facility by successfully passing a driving and written examination.

Visit the Illinois Secretary of State website for a complete list of additional materials required at time of exam.