Minnesota Motorcycle Manual Online 2014



Minnesota’s Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) offers some of the most comprehensive preparatory material for prospective motorcyclists as well as motorcyclists seeking a bit more information to brush up on their skills.

Whether or not you’re preparing for the Minnesota motorcycle test, the two most important resources to get your hands on are the Minnesota Motorcycle/Motorized Bicycle Manual, and the Minnesota Driver’s Manual. Both of these resources are available for free download on this website.

The Minnesota Driver’s Manual provides general driving information, as well as an explanation of Minnesota driving laws. The MN Motorcycle/Motorized Bicycle Manual outlines motorcycle-specific requirements, techniques and regulations and can be found below.

Getting your permit

The motorcycle permit will allow you to get some hands-on experience riding a motorcycle on Minnesota roads. In order to get this permit, you’ll need to pass the knowledge test (a written test) at a driver examination station. The permit costs $21 and is valid for one year.

Getting the Motorcycle Endorsement

Once you’re confident handling your motorcycle, you may be ready for the motorcycle skills test, which is key in getting the motorcycle endorsement. The skills test is made up of four riding exercises that will determine your ability to control your vehicle, and examine your hazard response skills. If you pass this test, you’ll be eligible for the motorcycle endorsement, which permits you to operate a motorcycle on public roadways and highways in Minnesota. If you fail the skills test, you’ll be assigned practice time that you must complete before re-taking the skills test.

Make sure you’ve got everything you need…

Before heading out for your motorcycle skills test, there are a number of things to consider:

  • Have you made a skills test appointment?
  • Do you have a valid driver’s license?
  • Do you have a valid motorcycle instruction permit?
  • Do you have a helmet and eye protection?
  • Are you providing a motorcycle for your test? Is it in good working condition? Does it have its vehicle registration up-to-date?
  • Do you have valid proof of insurance for the motorcycle?
  • Do you have the funds (check, money order or cash) to pay for the driver’s license and testing fee?
  • If you are under 18 years old, do you have your certificate of course completion from an approved rider safety course?
  • If you are under 18 years old, do you have your parent’s or guardian’s signature on your motorcycle endorsement application?

Safe riding! Good luck on the test and we’ll see you on the road!