Illinois motorcycle riderThere are more than 350,000 registered motorcycles in Illinois and the number is growing. People choose motorcycling for many reasons:

  • Motorcycling saves on gas.
  • Motorcycles are better for the environment than cars.
  • It is easier to find parking.
  • It’s a good way to meet people.
  • It is fun.
  • There is a sense of freedom.
  • It’s just cool.

You must have a valid motorcycle license in order to ride a motorcycle in Illinois. The cost of the license is $10. There are two steps to getting your license.

Take a Motorcycle Training Class

If you are a new rider, it is a good idea to take a motorcycle training class. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) offers basic, intermediate, and advanced motorcycle training courses at various locations throughout the state. These classes are optional, but you can skip the road test if you take the class and have a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

Rockford residents can take the class at Rock Valley Community College or at Jefferson High School. There is a non-refundable $3 processing fee and a $20 registration deposit that is refunded at the end of the course. To register, visit the Motorcycle Safety Project.

Harley Davidson offers a special training course called Rider’s Edge, which offers the same curriculum, but includes additional specific training or Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The fee for the class is $295.

Apply for Your Motorcycle License

Once you have completed the motorcycle training class, you can apply for a motorcycle license. There are two types of motorcycle licenses in Illinois. Class L licenses are for motorcycles with an engine capacity smaller than 150 cc. Class M licenses are for engines with greater capacity.

If you are over 18 and already have an Illinois driver’s license, you will not need to take an eye exam or written exam, and will be able to skip the road test if you take the IDOT motorcycle training course. If you are under 18 or do not have a license, you will need to take an eye exam, written test, and road test.

Whatever your reason for choosing a motorcycle, riding a motorcycle is fun. But it can also be dangerous. Many car drivers simply don’t think to watch for motorcycles. Learn what to do if you are in an Illinois motorcycle crash; request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. If you need help with a motorcycle accident claim, contact the Illinois motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham by calling 800-390-6350.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.