How to Get Your
Motorcycle Licence

Each province in Canada has a slightly different process for motorcycle licensing. Most provinces have adopted the graduated licensing program, which involves a two-step process to get your full licence. This is just a basic guideline for the licensing process. Make sure to visit the web links provided for more information on specific licensing for each province.

Step 1: GET THE LEARNER’S MOTORCYCLE BOOK

You can pick up a copy from your local Ministry of Transportation, government office, bookstore or Canadian Tire. You can also download or view the same book online if you enter the links provided by your province.

Step 2: PASS THE WRITTEN EXAM TO GET YOUR LEARNER’S PERMIT

Now that you have studied the book, you can go into your local DMV or government licensing office and write the motorcycle exam to obtain your learner’s permit. Check the licensing guidelines for any restrictions or varying timelines for taking a riding course and getting your licence.

Step 3: GET PROPER RIDING GEAR

Make it a priority to protect yourself with proper riding gear. This includes a DOT approved helmet, riding gloves, riding jacket, riding boots that cover your ankles, and eye protection. You will need proper riding gear to participate in the motorcycle safety course. Learn more about MotorClothes® apparel.

Step 4: TAKE A BEGINNER’S RIDER TRAINING COURSE

In some provinces, it is mandatory to take the approved motorcycle safety course. Whether you are a new or experienced rider, taking a rider training course is invaluable. It will give you more confidence, increase your skill level and in some provinces, it may even lower your insurance.

Step 5: TAKE THE MOTORCYCLE ROAD TEST

Some provinces allow road testing directly following the rider training course test, while other provinces require you to schedule a road test. Ask your rider training school about the details regarding the process.

Step 6: SCHEDULE & TAKE YOUR FINAL ROAD TEST

Depending on the province you live in, graduated licensing programs have various stages with different wait times. After the required amount of time for your province has lapsed, schedule your road test. Be on time and make sure that your motorcycle is in top condition to take the test, or it could result in an automatic fail. Make sure that your horn, speedometer and all of your lights are in safe operating condition before you show up for the test.

THE STEP YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: TEST OUR METAL

If you are interested in trying a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, visit your closest Harley-Davidson® Retailer to find out if they have their own demo fleet of motorcycles and ask when their next demo day will be. This is an excellent opportunity to try several different models of motorcycles that Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada has to offer. You can check out the “Test Our Metal” schedule online at www.harleycanada.com.

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