How Old Do I Have To Be To Ride A Motorcycle In New Jersey?

Motorcycle Permit Requirements in NJ

Getting out on the open road with your hands on the throttle is more than working summer jobs and saving up for the motorcycle of your dreams. You need to obtain a permit or a license before you can drive it. Every state has unique rules and regulations, including age restrictions. New Jersey is no different when it comes to obtaining a motorcycle permit, license, or endorsement. 

Motorcycle Permit Requirements in NJ

In order to receive an NJ motorcycle permit, you have to be at least 17 years old and come with a parent or legal guardian’s consent when you apply. You will also need 6 Points of ID, such as a birth certificate, passport, school ID, utility or phone bill. The cost of a permit is $5. 

You have to practice riding. If you’re under 18 years old, you will be required to enroll in the MSEP Basic RiderCourse. 

Motorcycle License/Endorsement Requirements in NJ

If you are older than 18 years old and have already obtained your driver’s license, you will need to apply for a permit first. After that, you can sign up to take your knowledge and vision tests. Upon passing these tests, you can schedule your road test, which must take place within 20 days after completion of the knowledge and vision parts of your application. 

If you don’t have a driver’s license, the age requirement for your motorcycle license changes. You must practice for 6 months upon receiving the permit if you are younger than 21 years old. If you’re older than 21 years old, you need to practice on the permit for 3 months. 

To receive endorsement, you can practice for 20 days, if you are 18 years or older. 

Both license and endorsement applications require 6 Points of ID, such as utility or phone bills, passports, a driver’s license or other form of identification. Proof of insurance, is also required. 

Application Considerations

Something to consider would be enrolling in a Basic Rider Course, because it will waive some requirements—especially if you are 18 years old and up and have previously obtained a driver’s license. You won’t need to worry about getting a permit. 

Adult applicants (those 21 years and older) do not have to enroll in a motorcycle education course, but it will speed up the process and make passing the road test much easier. 


In short, if you want to get a motorcycle permit in NJ, you have to be at least 17 years old. If you want to get a license, you can be 18 years old and up. 21 years old or older will give you less time with the permit, and if you decide to enroll in the education course, you can get your license or endorsement even faster. 

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